Guys, people keep trying to shortchange my summer. Everyone’s looking ahead to fall, what with its new restaurants and new TV and its Pumpkin Spice everything. It’s upsetting on many levels (why are people so obsessed with a drink that basically tastes like a melted candle??), but mostly because I’m not ready to give up my warm weather adventures and rooftop shenanigans and #roséallday lifestyle.
It’s a shame that everyone’s already looking towards fall this time of year, because late summer cooking is kind of the best. I’m usually a bit tired of summer salads (delicious though they might be) by now, which is great because it’s no longer oppressively hot, so you can actually turn on the stove — or even *gasp* the oven! — without turning your apartment into a furnace. There’s a lot more creativity in cooking, and some of my favorite dishes on this blog were cooked up this time of year.
Enter this tomato tart. It grew out of two weird coincidences that I probably shouldn’t tell anyone but instead, will tell all of the Internet: 1) I walk through Union Square’s greenmarket every weekday that it happens, and while most of the time I can ignore everything, sometimes I get impossibly swayed by things like cute and colorful tomatoes and then show up to work with boxes of tomatoes for no reason; and 2) I sometimes Insta-stalk myself.
While reliving my personal history via photos, I stumbled upon a photo of my dinner at Verjus while in Paris last month (I know, I hate me too) and remembered the amazing cherry tomato galette appetizer. Sweet-tart tomatoes on a bed of even sweeter, almost jammy caramelized onions, all encased in an impossibly flaky crust — it was delicious, and probably my favorite part of the meal.
Thankfully, it wasn’t too hard to recreate — the Internet is full of tomato tart recipes, and by cobbling together one from the Pioneer Woman with some puff pastry tips from Smitten Kitchen, I was able to create something so delicious that I ate an unconscionable amount of it in one sitting.
You might want to share, like say at a Labor Day weekend get-together, and I would not blame you, because this tart is definitely a crowd-pleaser. There are a fair amount of steps, but nothing you couldn’t do with a glass of rosé in hand. It’s extra perfect al fresco, with a lightly dressed pile of greens and a gorgeous summer sunset, and don’t you dare try to talk to me about apples yet. …