Just Off The Vine – Tomato and Cheese Tart

While visiting my family in Michigan this week, there is also A LOT of fun food experiences happening!  Between my mother-in-law making my husband’s favorite toasted tomato sandwich…..that can ONLY be made correctly by his mom…  AND my mom making me the best meal EVER, venison Swiss steak…..AMAZING I say!  This trip pretty much ROCKS!

When we were enjoying a lovely lunch with a friend in Detroit, she gave us a bag full of happiness.  Thank you to Food Field a urban farm in Detroit for sharing such gorgeous tomatoes with my family!  I have never had such an amazing assortment of different tomatoes, and the colors were beyond beautiful!

If you live in the Detroit area, I hope you take a moment to stop by Food Field and pick up some delicious fresh produce.  Food Field’s mission is to revitalize Detroit by building a community-based business of local, affordable produce.  You can follow Food Field on Facebook here.

When my friend gave us the bag of happiness, my mind immediately starting wandering.  I have said FOREVER I want to make a tomato and cheese tart.  I guess it is all about timing, because this tart was the prettiest thing I have ever made.  The colors of each tomato were so unique and beautiful!

To make the tart even better, if that is even possible…  My mother-in-law had thyme and basil growing like crazy in her herb garden…..BONUS!

By now you have probably figured out that at CafeTerraBlog, most recipes are interchangeable.  This recipe was created from a mix of recipes I looked at, and then used what we had in the house.  There are no exact ways to make a tomato and cheese tart, it is about your favorite cheese, favorite herb, and maybe even your favorite spices.  Have fun, and enjoy the delicious treat with a local Detroit flare!

Yields 8

Tomato and Cheese Tart

Fresh just off the vine tomato tart with a lot of cheesy happiness!

20 minsPrep Time

25 minsCook Time

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1 premade pie crust (or use puff pastry, or homemade pie crust)
1 small onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
2-3 cups of shredded cheese (or soft goat cheese, or mozzerella cheese)
Variety of tomatoes, sliced
Fresh herbs
Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spread out prepared pie crust dough in tart pan.

In small fry pan, on medium heat, saute onions and garlic with salt and pepper. Place cooked onions and garlic in bottom of tart pan on top of pie crust.

Sprinkle cheese on top of onion mixture.

Then lay out sliced tomatoes, as many as you want.

Sprinkle fresh herbs around top of tart.

Bake for 25-30 minutes depending on oven.



This dinner was beyond pretty, it tasted OH MY,  AMAZING!  All this time I wanted make the lovely savory treat…..it was SOOOO worth the wait!  I look forward to trying a tomato and cheese tart with goat cheese next, I can only imagine the flavors are out of this world!

For the next post at CafeTerra, I have a wonderful guest post from a food blogger I adore.  Get ready for CafeTerra to start feeling like Fall, Kitchen Riffs will be starting the Fall frenzy off with a delicious soup recipe!  Also, I look forward to sharing more of my fun happenings next week while I visited gorgeous Michigan!

Have you made a homemade tomato and cheese tart before?  What cheese do you like to use in your tart?


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  • Deborah @Taste and Tell
    This is one of the most gorgeous tarts I've seen!
  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
    That is one beautiful tart! I'm jealous of your produce basket :-) Love all the different tomato varieties in there.
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Terra, this tomato cheese tart looks absolutely delicious, and that basket of "happiness" is gorgeous. Enjoy your family!
  • hey Terra! =) That is one of the prettiest tarts I have ever seen, and believe me I have seen a lots. Reminds me, that I havent made a tomato tart in ages. Comes at the right time as well, since I got an oven now. ^.^ and my husband found the tart love!
  • ShesCookin
    Gorgeous tomatoes and your photos really show off their vibrant colors! Seeing these tomatoes makes me REALLY miss our garden :( I usually use gruyere, now I need to make a tomato tart. Have a great weekend, Terra.
  • This is just gorgeous, Terra! I must try this with smoked mozzarella! :)
  • Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
    This looks beautiful Terra!
  • kitchenriffs
    What a great looking tart! I've made a version of this before, but it's been ages - thanks for reminding me of how terrific this dish can be. Really nice! (And thanks for the shout out!)
  • diabeticFoodie
    Absolutely stunning! Love the Food Field mission and will definitely check them out if I'm ever in Detroit.
  • Beautiful! It looks delicious.
  • mjskit @ mjskitchen.com
    What a great use for all of those beautiful tomatoes and herbs! A beautiful tart! I just want to take a bite out of that last pictures. :)
  • What a stunning basket of heirlooms! The one to the far right looks like a green eggplant! This tart looks amazing - one I'm going to try for sure either soon r next summer. I think I still have time, right? :) xo
  • that is one gorgeous tart terra! that reminds me i need to go to the farmers market this weekend and pick up some pretty tomatoes and make something similar!
  • Suzanne
    What beautiful tomatoes, you are a lucky girl to get such a treat and the tart is a perfect recipe to showcase them.
  • Kelly Senyei
    What a great way to use up the last tomatoes of the season. Love this!
  • Meghan
    Sounds like you had a great time! This tart is absolutely gorgeous!! I bet it was fantastic!
  • justonecookbook
    What a beautiful and colorful tart! It's wonderful that you took the opportunity to finally make the tomato and cheese tart because this looks delicious! I love the savory tart and so happy to see cheerful tomatoes on the tart!
  • tart looks wonderful
  • Sounds like you had a super fun time! the tart looks gorgeous, Terra. Absolutely love the color.