Tomato and Mustard Tart Recipe

Tomato and Mustard Tart Recipe
Staff Writer
Tomato and Mustard Tart
Jeff Kauck

Tomato and Mustard Tart

So much of the joy and beauty of cooking lies in simplicity. Take a few basic top-quality ingredients and you realize there is no reason to turn yourself inside out to put something lovely, tasty, and tasteful on the table.

I think this tart is a dream. Add a simple tossed green salad and you have a rapturous meal that is easy to assemble, but fancy enough to serve your luncheon guests.

 

Ingredients

For the tart dough:

  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup bread flour, plus extra if needed and for dusting
  • 1 package (2 ¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the tart:

  • 2 large tomatoes, peeled, cored, seeded, and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • Flour and polenta, for dusting
  • ½ cup sharp imported French mustard
  • ¼ cup mixed minced fresh chives, parsley, and basil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil spray

Directions

For the tart dough:

In the bowl of the food processor, combine the whole wheat flour, bread flour, yeast, salt, and sugar and pulse to mix. Combine ½ cup of hot water and the olive oil in a measuring cup. With the motor running, gradually add enough of the hot liquid for the mixture to form a sticky ball. The dough should be soft. If it is too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons more hot water. If it is too sticky, add 1-2 tablespoons flour. Process until the dough forms a ball. Transfer to a clean, floured surface and knead by hand for 1 minute. Cover with a cloth and let rest for a least 10 minutes before rolling.

For the tart:

Place the tomatoes on several paper towel layers to drain.

Place the baking stone on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

On a generously floured work surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch round. Sprinkle the wooden pizza peel with polenta and place the round of dough on the peel. Working quickly to keep the dough from sticking, assemble the tart: Spread the mustard evenly over the dough. Arrange the tomatoes on top of the mustard. Sprinkle with the herbs.

Slide the dough off the peel and onto the baking stone. Bake until the dough is crisp and golden and the top is bubbly, about 15 minutes. With the metal pizza peel or large spatula, remove the tart from the baking stone. Spray it with olive oil. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 8 wedges. Serve immediately.

Tomato Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Tomato Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.