Each time I go to the market, I try to buy up a pint of sweet Sun Golds before they rapidly disappear from the vendors’ tables to eat on the way home like grapes. These ephemeral fruits are precious. There is no substitute for a warm summer tomato, and when the season is over it’s over. Canning will keep you well into the winter, but it’s still not the same as biting into a fresh tomato. I don’t think they should be tampered with much, and recipes that feature them prominently and simply do them the most justice. This is one such recipe. And the best part is almost every single ingredient is from right here in Chattanooga and can be procured at the various markets around town.
For the cheese crust:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 4 ounces melted butter
- 1 cup finely shredded Cumberland cheese or cheese of your choice
- 1/2 tsp thyme leaves chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the filling:
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes about 2 cups, halved
- 3 scallions thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
- 1 tsp thyme leaves chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp honey or to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- Toss all fillings for ingredient in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Cut melted butter into the flour in a medium bowl with fingers. Stir in cheese, thyme, and salt, mixing well to ensure there are no clumps. Pat crust thinly into a 9″ tart pan.
- Heirloom Tomato Tart
- Top with tomato scallion mixture and bake for 1 hour or until crust is deep golden.
- Let tart cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, 20 if you want to serve it room temperature. Remove slices carefully, as crust is very tender and deliciously crumbly. Best served with a lightly dressed green salad followed by a blueberry, basil, goat cheese hand pie (recipe up next!) and a tall glass of iced tea!
My name is Beth, Elizabeth Evelyn to be exact. A native Tennessean, I was born in the South.
I am the author behind Local Milk Blog.
Local milk is a journal devoted to home cookery, travel, family, and slow living—to being present & finding sustenance of every kind.
It’s about nesting abroad & finding the exotic in the everyday.
Most of all it’s about the perfection of imperfections and seeing the beauty of everyday, mundane life.