There is no doubt, I love cooking but sometimes when I have been busy all day or I am exhausted (Friday night call!). I just want to prepare a quick dish that is tasty, no fussy to make, healthy, and seasonal, this summer tomato tart with pesto and burrata is a winner.
This recipe checks all the boxes:
- Delicious – check
- Vegetarian – check
- Requires just 5 minutes to prepare – check
And in just 30 minutes in the oven, this delicious tart will be ready. Why not enjoy a good glass of white wine on the sofa while the tart is getting ready?
This tomato tart with pesto and burrata is ready in just a few steps:
- Shortcut pastry - unroll the pastry, leave the pastry at room temperature before unrolling it. So it will get softer and will not break.
- Toppings - Spread over the basil pesto as a base. Then add the tomato slices, salt, olive oil, and black pepper and cook in the oven. Spread the burrata all over into pieces before serving.
It can be served as an appetizer, cut into squares, or just as the main course. Check here more recipes to create a tasty appetizer
The taste is sweet and delicate thanks to the burrata and the tomatoes. Yet the pesto and the shortcrust give a kick to the dish without making it boring. It is a must and can replace your pizza night! (SHHH! It’s a secret!)
What ingredients to use to make this yummy tomato tart with pesto and burrata?
- Shortcrust pastry - I have used the ready one from the supermarket that you can find in any store in the fridge section, so I can cut the time of the preparation, but you can always make it yourself.
- Basil pesto - I have used a ready one from the supermarket, but you can make it by blending a good bunch (quite big) of basil with garlic, parmesan cheese, salt, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil until became a cream.
- Heirloom tomatoes - They are juicy, sweet, a bit zesty, and make the pastry so colorful that makes joy for the eyes too.
- Burrata cheese - It is an Italian cheese, it is similar to the mozzarella cheese, but you will find a creamy and soft texture once cut and it is delicate at the palate. In the note, you will find what to use instead of the burrata if you don’t find it in the store.
What are Heirloom tomatoes?
These beautiful tomato gems come in different colors, shades, and shapes. They can be sweety or zesty, it all depends on the color of each tomato. They are seasonal vegetables which means they grow just in certain seasons.
The Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated, which means that the seeds are spread over the earth by the bees, birds, wind, etc.
In fact, the term Heirloom is referring to the fact that the seeds are passed down from the old generation to the new one, which means that there is no genetic modification. Lovely, isn’t it?
If you don’t find these gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, you can use few different quality as:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Roma tomatoes
- Beef tomatoes
Did I convince you enough? Scroll down to start cooking your tomato tart with pesto and burrata.
Tomato Tart With Pesto And Burrata
- Chopping board
- Medium oven tray
- Baking paper
- Little bowl
- 320 gr shortcrust pastry Rolled sheet rectangle
- 110 gr basil pesto
- 4 heirloom tomatoes washed
- 2 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
For the toppings
- 6 basil leaves
- 185 gr burrata cheese
Before to start
- Remove the shortcrust pastry from the fridge and leave it to room temperature for 20 minutes before to unroll otherwise it will break.
- Preheat the oven at 180°C fans, 200°C static, 6 gas mark.
- Unroll the shortcrust pastry on a baking tray, you can use baking paper that comes with the pastry, spread the pesto over the shortcrust leaving 1 cm of space from the edge of the rectangle.
- Cut the tomatoes in slices of 0.05 cm thick, place them in the bed of pesto, sprinkle the extra virgin olive oil, the salt, and the black pepper over the tart.
- Close the side of the shortcrust pastry folding each side and brush each one with some extra virgin olive oil.
- Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until the edges of the shortcrust pastry are golden and the tomatoes are starting to soften.
- Before serving the tart spread the burrata in pieces and distributed all over the shortcrust and add a few leaves of fresh basils.