Monday, May 17, 2010

Tarte Provencale

provencal tart

When you see the word "Provencale" in a recipe, it usually means tomatoes, olives, garlic and fresh herbs.
It is the French word for "Provencal style", the flavors of Provence.

Ratatouille is a famous vegetable peasant stew from Provence.
So I whipped up a batch of that wonderful stuff from the South of France and decided on a tart.

This is tart #21 (but who's counting?).

There are no rules for this recipe, I used what I had on hand.

For the Ratatouille:

5 plum tomatoes, cubed
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 small zucchini, cut into 1" cubes
1 red pepper, cut into squares
1 yellow pepper, cut into squares
1 large onion, sliced thick
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp herbs de Provence
1 large (or 2 skinny) Italian eggplants
olive oil and kosher salt

In a large heavy skillet, heat some olive oil and saute your onions and garlic 2 minutes, then add everything else.

Simmer this mixture on low and keep stirring until it resembles a nice vegetable stew, about 45 minutes.
Season with plenty of kosher salt.

Can be made one day ahead and kept in the fridge till ready to use for the tart.

For the Tart:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 small log of chevre (goat cheese)
fresh herbs, thyme or basil chiffonade

Roll out your puff pastry and lay out on a baking sheet (you can also fit it in a tart pan for a neater version, if you like).

Spread some of the vegetable mixture evenly over the dough.

Sprinkle some crumbled chevre (about 1/4 of the small log) over the tart and bake in a 425F oven for 20 minutes.

Add fresh thyme or basil to the top before serving.



Content in a Cottage said...

Another great recipe from The Queen of Tarts. This one looks wonderful.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Dear Queen of Tarts - Nobody's counting. Keep at it! And, here's a shout out to the flavors of Provence!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yes, oh Queen, it looks super.

kat said...

A wonderful use for a ton of good vegetables

Anonymous said...

I love the use of frozen puff pastry. It makes my life so much easier.
Another beautiful tart!

The Leftoverist said...

Oh my goodness. Delicious. You are unstoppable!

Pam said...

It looks rustic and so delicious. I could eat just this for dinner and be perfectly happy.

Maria said...

I love everything about this meal!

elra said...

Delicious savory tart. of course I like it Stacey. All kind of tart is my weakness. Hope your weekend was wonderful.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

She's at it again. Love ratatouille - in a tart or any other way.

Dana said...

You just keep those tarts coming. Clearly we all love them!

tasteofbeirut said...

Wonderful tart! I love ratatouille and sometimes used leftovers with spaghetti but never thought of pizza!

Cherine said...

This tart looks wonderful and flavorful!!

Claudia said...

I could eat this savory tart all by myself for dinner. And maybe I will.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love how your mind thinks, this is a great idea!