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Meatless Monday - Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

I love tomatoes so much, they have always been one of my favorite foods.  My grandfather grew them in his garden, they were always very tasty, juicy and delicious.  I ate so many that my family used to tease me saying I was going to become a tomato.   Summer just makes you want to eat tomatoes in just about every way you can.  They are awesome right from the vine, in a salad or even sliced and put out as a side vegetable.  This time of year you can often find the most flavorful and beautiful tomatoes at your local farmer's market if you're not able to grow them yourself.  Look for heirloom, they tend to have the best flavor.

This tart is another easy recipe, perfect for a Monday when you come home tired.  It tastes like summer.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

Ingredients

1 pie crust (good quality frozen is fine)
1/2 lb. goat cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. minced fresh herbs, such as thyme and oregano
2 or 3 tomatoes, sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (if you have it)
2 Tbsp. roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup packed baby or wild arugula leaves
1 tsp. olive oil 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions
Prepare the flaky pie dough and chill as directed.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400°F.

Transfer the pie crust to a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, and ease into the pan, trimming any excess dough. (Alternatively, roll out the dough into a rectangle and line an 11-by-5 1/2-inch/28-by-14-cm regular tart pan.)  Bake until  the crust is golden brown, 20 - 25 minutes. Let cool.

In a small bowl, beat together the goat cheese and cream until smooth. Stir in the minced herbs. Gently spread the herbed goat cheese over the bottom of the tart shell. Remove the tart shell from the pan and slide onto a flat serving plate. Lay the tomato slices on the tart so that they are slightly overlapping and in an even layer. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, toss together the basil leaves, arugula, olive oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Top the tart with the arugula mixture and serve.

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  1. I usually read your blog in the morning...but now is dinner time, and this sounds wonderful!

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