Zucchini, Tomato and Herb Tart

Zucchini, Tomato and Herb Tart
Recipe by Dragon

I have been adding herbs to almost everything I make these days. I can't help it. They seem to be calling my name from the little garden. Who am I to deny them? For this refreshing zucchini and tomato tart I added basil, oregano and chives. I added parmesan cheese because I ran out of cheddar. I think I like it better with parmesan; it gives it a more sophisticated taste. If you desire a milder taste, use the cheddar. Enjoy!

Serves: 4 - 6

1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 teaspoon chives, chopped
2 teaspoons oregano, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, cut into thin rounds
8 grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.

2. Roll out puff pastry to 11"x11". Transfer the pastry to a 9 inch tart pan (with removable bottom). Trim the pastry around the edges but leave enough to take into account shrinkage during baking.

3. Combine the parmesan cheese, herbs and garlic.

4. Take 1/3 of the cheese and herb mixture and sprinkle it over the bottom of the tart pan. Arrange the zucchini slices in concentric cirles over the cheese to cover it. Season the zucchini with salt and pepper (easy on the salt as the parmesan cheese is salty). Repeat with one more layer of cheese and zucchini.

5. Toss the tomato halves in olive oil. Arrange the tomato on top of the second zucchini layer.

6. Combine the egg and cream. Pour egg mixture evenly over the top and let it sink into the tart. Top with last 1/3 of the cheese and herbs.

7. Bake the tart in the center rack of the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Vera said...

Looks delicious! And healthy.

Anonymous said...

The perfect summer treat...so beautiful!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

My mouth is watering and this looks so pretty. The wings look great also. Really like your recipes and pictures!

Darius T. Williams said...

Yup - the tart looks yummers! You could've put bacon somewhere in the recipe - they say everythign tastes better with bacon...somehow I agree - lol.


Thistlemoon said...

This looks great! I am going to make a few different tarts and such this coming week _ I don't know why, but I am really in the mood for them these days!

Anonymous said...

Yum, I think we'll have that for breakfast!

Arundathi said...

That looks so amazingly delicious! :D

Marilyn said...

So pretty and summer-perfect. Thanks for sharing it!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love adding herbs to everything too - what a delicious tart!

Nina Timm said...

I made some tarts a couple of weeks ago - they are just fantastic - fast, healthy and very tasty. Your look absolutely stunning!

Lore said...

Oh wow....I can't speak...uhm I might need a slice or two of this lovely tart to recover my speech ;)

Lo said...

This post comes just in time for the heat wave hitting our area... and the little cherry tomatoes coming in from the garden!

Picture perfect!

Peter M said...

Dragon, this looks marvelous...you're knocking out a lot of good dishes...keep it up, sporty!

Anonymous said...

This looks like one delicious tart! And fresh herbs shouldn't be denied ;)

Anonymous said...

This tart is gorgeous! It looks even better than pizza :)

Anonymous said...

Tarts, frittatas...I've been in the mood for them, too. This looks delisch! And gosh knows I am overwhelmed with herbs in my garden right now. So, this is perfect! I read somewhere else about using a Philsbury cresent roll dough as a crust.

Adam said...

I love the mix of colors in that tart. The tomatoes, and the cheese, the chives... it's a pizza tart-ish party. I wanna be there.

Natasha said...

I always have some puff pastry in the freezer, and I've just gotten a lovely batch of cherry tomatoes from my sister's garden, so I'll be trying this! I think this would be even better with the addition of spinach, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to find any at this time of year.

test it comm said...

This zucchini and tomato tart sounds so good!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

What a perfect summer treat. I could use a slice right now. ;)

Dragon said...

vera: Healthy is a bonus with this dish. :)

noble: Thanks!

lisa: Thanks for visiting. :)

darius: Bacon? Good idea!

jen: There must be something in the air.

dawnielle: A great dish to wake up to.

arundathi: Thanks!

marilyn: You're welcome. :)

patricia: You can't deny the call of the herbs.

nina: They really are easy and impressive, aren't they.

lore: Come on over, darling.

lo: The tomatoes really make the dish.

peter: I'm blushing. Thanks. :)

linda: You're right. Herbs shouldn't be denied!

hillary: It is better than pizza.

christine: This tart is calling your name. Give into the call. :)

adam: I'd take this over pizza any day.

natasha: Let me know how it turns out. I like the idea of adding some spinach.

kevin: Thanks!

js: I'll save you a slice.

Paula said...

I'd like a slice, too, please! This tart looks great and the timing is perfect now that the zucch's are starting to roll int. Yum!

Dee said...

At my home, comfort food is often a variation of this. Sometimes I add a little bacon, sometimes I use leeks but it's all good. I missed dinner today, and I could really use a slice.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I found this image via photograzing. Looks delish! You should come post it on Dinner Tonight's garden party that's all about zukes and cukes: http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/dinnertonight/2008/07/zukes-and-cukes.html

whall said...

I like Pizza. Not so much for the vegetables. More bacon, sausage, meatball, pepperoni, lamb, gyro, hamburger and canadian bacon, please.

Less green stuff.

Dragon said...

paula: You can have 2.

dee: I love the thought of leeks and bacon together. Maybe with thinly sliced potatoes, thyme and a little rosemary. Oh and gruyere cheese. I think I have a new recipe here. :)

alison: Thanks! I'll check it out.

whall: The green stuff is not gonna kill you, whall.

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing! How on earth do you get your food shots so clear and crisp? Mine turn out blurry more often than not. Thanks for the inspiration!

Judy said...

I made this last Friday for a picnic. It was great. I made my own pie crust instead of the puff pastry. We gobbled it up!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great summer side dish to serve with a salad - The color and I am sure the flavors just blend perfectly. Your pictures are so clear and make the food jump off the screen.


Laura Paterson said...

This looks so delicious and seasonal!

Stacey Snacks said...

I love making tarts, and never thought of a polenta crust.
I have put your site in my favorites and will be making this tart soon. I will keep you posted!
Thanks for the good idea.

Stacey Snacks

Muneeba said...

love your blog and your recipes! wanted to let you know that this one is one of my favorite vegetarian dishes ever ... have made it several times, and it's been perfect every time :) Thank you!

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