14 September 2012

Frugal French Friday: Tomato-Onion Tart with Gruyere Cheese



Tomatoes from the super market are a poor substitute for tomatoes from the farm market. But I have some and I must use them up. This post, from 2012 has inspired me: 

Today's recipe for Onion-Tomato Tarte with Gruyere was easy to make after work, taking only about 40 minutes prep time and about an hour in the oven; mine took only 45 minutes.

The tomatoes came from a variety of local sources, including my own back yard, and the onions were from Immerfrost Farm. The herbs came from my own garden. The cheese was in my cheese compartment and was part of my ongoing Clean Out the Fridge Month effort.

I cheated and used store-bought puff pastry.

I used two types of tomatoes, one large robust-looking burgundy heirloom tomato, and about a dozen cherry tomatoes. I used plain black olives, leftovers from another meal. I also tossed in about two tablespoons of chopped thyme, and added a dash of herbes de Provence before popping it in the oven.

To keep the bottom crust from getting soggy, I let the tomato slices dry for about 30 minutes on paper towels before using layering them in the tart.

The tart was delicious: Juicy and tangy with a slight herb-y undertaste, and not soggy when reheated. I paired it with a green salad and whatever leftover I had on hand, including my Sautéed Turkish Orange Eggplant.

Cost: This meal was pricier than most of my frugal efforts. The total came to about $15, but the recipe gave me five generous servings for a cost of $3 each.

Wine Pairing: A Sauvingon Blanc is recommended; I think I'd go with a simple white table wine. These wines may get a bad rap from wine snobs, but they are often very versatile.

5 comments:

Penny said...

Frugal French Friday is Fabulous. This is the kind of meal that makes me very happy. We just got back from Vermont where the leaves were just kissed with a golden glow. I imagine that Wisconsin looks the same. I'm looking forward to the change of season.

Mimi Mj Strategic Communications said...

Oh, how wonderful, Penny. I can't wait to head on over to your blog to read more. What a great time of year to visit Vermont, and yes, Wisconsin is very similar - the golden grow creeps up on us about the third week of August and gets deeper and deeper until it turns scarlet and amber.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I don't think using store-bought puff pastry is cheating at all. Part of being frugal is also being frugal with your time, and puff pastry in the pantry makes that possible. I love Clean Out the Fridge Month!

Mimi Mj Strategic Communications said...

Thanks, Lydia. Coming from you, that means something. I feel a little guilty that I don't make everything from scratch sometimes.

Funny, while I am cleaning out the fridge, I am also making way in the freezer for bags of green beans, beets and other stuff from the farm market. It's going to be a long winter without a market - but reason to look forward to spring.

Carole said...

Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday: Tomatoes. If you pop back in a few days there should be a great collection of all things pasta and noodles.
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