Rustic Tomato and Cheese Margherita Tarts

by Marla on September 26, 2011 · 222 comments

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Recently I have been on a HUGE tart kick. Everything from sweet to savory to all in between. My tart obsession started when I received the stunning cookbook by Holly Herrick titled Tart Love. Guess what else is awesome about this book? It is photographed by the lovely and super talented Helene Dujardin aka: Tartelette. That’s all you need to know right?

I’ll hold on a moment while you add a few copies to your holiday shopping list and purchase a few for yourself. You need to have a copy this book. Really. Maybe two. One for your coffee table and one for your kitchen.

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Today I am gonna talk up tarts and my reveal for September’s Secret Recipe Club! This month I was secretly handed the blog Adventures in All Things Food. There are lots of fun recipes over there but I was immediately drawn to her Rustic Tomato Tart recipe. Here is what “Owen’s Mom” says about her blog “From my vegetable garden, through my kitchen, to our table, for this SAHM it is all an adventure!”

It took me a few seconds to figure out what SAHM meant. Here is what I figure: it must be stay at home mom. She is in love with this savory tart and I thought it would fit right in with our topic of Tart Love!

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Let’s divert back to Holly, her fabulous cookbook, pastry and Helene…..

These two gals are the super star team of this book, their chemistry shows itself on every page. They both live in Charleston, South Carolina. They both have amazing backgrounds in pastry. They both know how to combine flavors and textures perfectly. They both have lots of wit and southern charm (even though Helene is of course French!)

After receiving the cookbook I tweeted my excitement about it. The Twitter feed looked like this:

Tart Love cookbook by Holly Herrick, book review on Family Fresh Cooking

So of course I went all sassy on it.

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As always, I see great cookbooks as brilliant canvases for me to create my own goodies in the kitchen. In this book Holly de-mystifies the art of the sweet and savory pastry crust. Her writing is simple, to the point and well thought out. You will feel the need to make tarts every minute. These pastries exude elegance, but in reality they are very doable. Besides, I love the fact that you can make stunning designs on the top.

Just so you know this is not a gluten free book, but you can easily swap out the crust with your GF version if needed as I did here. I am sure the sweet and savory traditional pastry crusts in the book are epic. Really.

You can also use the freshest of ingredients…

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Tarts are perfect for all kinds of entertaining from showers to brunches, tea parties and more. Could you imagine bringing out a stunning Vanilla-Dipped Pear and Chocolate Tart (featured on the book cover) at your next family gathering? Please don’t wait until then. Make one for the weekend. You will be very glad you did……Holly also has recipes for pot pies, quiches and hand held pies in the book. *smitten*

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A few recipes in the book to swoon you: Hearty Chicken, Fennel and Fresh Corn Pot Pies, Creamy Blue Crab and Salmon Quiche, Sage Green Apple and Aged Cheddar Tart, Salad Nicoise Tart. Here’s a few sweets: Deep Purple Fresh Cherry Pie Pockets, Coco-nutty Sweet Potato Tart and Peanut Butter Fluff and Chocolate Tart. Enough said, right?!

My sassy version of the Tomato Tart a la Margherita in the book has a gluten free almond crust (a la Roost and Elana’s Pantry) and I lightened up the toppings just a smidge. I also added a few dollops of Burrata cheese. My new favorite.

Have you ever had creamy Burrata? It is a fresh Italian mozzarella cheese with heavy cream. By the way burrata means butter in Italian. You need to know that. The outside “shell” of this cheese is mozzarella and the inside is a mix of the two. Take a look…….

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What is your favorite tart recipe?

Do you like sweet, savory or sassy? I bet you like them all….I also bet you would love a copy of this book. Great news for you…..

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Graphic with pink fleur de lis for Family Fresh Cooking Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now over. Congrats to Marsha from redhotcookinmama. Enjoy your book!

Because I love you & I want to see you creating beautiful tarts, I have one Tart Love cookbook to giveaway to you. Cool huh!

How to Enter

Leave some comments….tell me what your favorite kind of tart is. You have until Wednesday, September 28th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell me about your favorite tart recipe or about the best one you have ever had.
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  3. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use or make up your own: {giveaway} Love Tarts? So do we! @MarlaMeridith has a “Tart Love” cookbook  by @HollyHerrick photos by @SweetTartelette
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Rustic Tomato and Cheese Margherita Tarts

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: One 9 inch tart

Serving Size: 6-8 servings

Rustic Tomato and Cheese Margherita Tarts


    For the Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Topping
  • 1 cup fat free Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 ounces Burrata Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
  • a pinch of cracked Black Pepper
  • a pinch of Garlic Salt
  • a pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • a handful of Cherry Tomatoes, sliced for decorating


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. In a bowl whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, garlic salt, and smoked paprika. Break apart any lumps. Add the olive oil and water, combine with a spoon. Put the dough on a work surface. Add thyme and knead the dough until well combined with your hands. Press dough into a 9 inch tart pan. Be sure to press it all the way up the sides and evenly throughout the pan. Put tart on a baking sheet and bake it for 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  • Prepare the filling: mix ricotta cheese with thyme, a pinch of the black pepper, garlic salt and smoked paprika. Evenly distribute it over the partially baked tart dough. Place burrata and tomatoes in a pretty design on the top.
  • With tart on the baking sheet, place in the oven for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted. In addition, you can also brown it by broiling on low for 4-5 minutes. Watch carefully if you choose to do this.
  • Notes
  • You can use rosemary or oregano instead of the thyme if you wish.
  • Feel free to experiment with different oils in the crust. I love the flavor that the olive oil adds. You can also use grape seed, canola or a nut oil would be wonderful. I would like to try this with walnut oil.
  • If you cannot find burrata cheese you can use goat cheese, feta or regular mozzarella.
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