Start With Tomatoes And Herbs

BUY EXTRA TOMATOES & PEPPERS FOR SAUCE, TARTS, SALADS AND TO FREEZE

I am a tomato and sweet pepper aficionado. Garden fresh vegetables and herbs are best and although I try to eat only in season the abundance of fresh tomatoes sweet peppers and herbs at bottom basement prices a foodie can find in SoCAL provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with new recipes for healthy  delicious meals you can share with family friends and at your company potluck.  Refrigerate or freeze left over tart pieces and sauce be sure to label and date.

Step 1.

PREPARE THE TART SHELL

a. You can use any bread or pastry flour  ( experiment ).   I make my own dough combining whole wheat and pastry flour: -add water, sugar, vegan butter. Mix, fold into a ball, wrap in plastic and place in the fridge for ~ 15 minutes - you can also use store bought.

CONSIDER HOW MANY VEGGIES TO USE

b. For the Tart only use  2.5 - 3 cups tomatoes/ sweet peppers. Use more if your planning on bottling the remaining sauce. Clean, cut tomatoes and peppers and place in stove top pan add fresh herbs to taste. Don't toss those older tomatoes and peppers you already have remove bruised parts and add to the mix.

 
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Step 2.

THE SAUCE / TOPPING

Roast chunks of tomatoes ( olive oil salt pepper and basil )  set aside to add to the sauce before baking the tart ). Combine ingredients on stove top ( oil herbs veggies some kind of acid - red wine for this recipe ) salt and pepper to taste. Add to food processor because I was not placing in a cupboard and planned to use the sauce for the tart and on pasta in the immediate future I did not have to use the boiling water canning method for the jars I add a teaspoon of lime juice just before I close the pop-top glass jar. TIP: Ripe tomatoes have a warm, earthy scent. Like my mother used to say about fruits and veggies If you can't smell it you can't taste it.

BTW "tomatoes on the vine" is like the term "gourmet" both meaningless terms. Tomatoes on the vine are attached to their vines in the earth if left on "the vine" in the store its just for decoration and does NOT add to the flavor of the fruit:). I used extra virgin olive oil for the sauce but you can use the cooking oil of your choice. 

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Step 3.

THE BASE / TART SHELL / COOK

Combine egg / cheese mixture in a bowl. Remove dough from the fridge and place into buttered tart pie pan.  Add cheese and eggs. I used nut cheese and flax seed for the eggs but you can use any hard cheese and 3-4 large eggs. Add the sauce on top do not mix. Place in oven at 365 for ~18-25minutes or when the fork comes out clean, enjoy!

tomato sweet pepper tart