Crazy weather, am I right, South Jersey? Maybe it’s typical, but I sure don’t remember a lot of 70 degree days in November… I mean, I was planning on digging up my tomato plants this past weekend, but how could I when they are still yielding this?
I picked these yesterday! November 3rd! Um, thank you global warming? Anyway, when life hands ya tomatoes, why not cook up a little Vegan Tart with Roasted Tomatoes and Arugula Pesto? The roasted tomato recipe I adapted from my beautiful sister-in-law’s recipe for Tomato Caramel. You can find this recipe and a ton of other wonderful (non-vegan but adaptable!) recipes on Subee’s Kitchen.
Roasting tomatoes really concentrates that tomato flavor, bringing out a robust lip-smacking sweetness. I poured the lot on a baking sheet along with a few unpeeled garlic cloves, drizzled on olive oil and a few shakes of sea salt.
These tomatoes roast for about 40 minutes, but I leave them in the turned-off oven for an additional hour so they really carmelize. Maybe you can see the difference in these pictures. The top one I took at 40 minutes, the bottom an hour later. During this roastin’ and settin’ time, I made the arugula pesto and tart dough. Both are super easy and keep well in the fridge. I did these steps yesterday, but you can prepare the tomatoes, dough and pesto a few days in advance. This makes the eating night prep a snap.
This afternoon I rolled out and pre-baked the tart crust for 20 minutes. I think it would have been better in a tart pan -for aesthetic reasons 😉 – but it tasted great nonetheless.
Unfortunately there was shrinkage…but I think it gives the tart a little rustic charm. After the crust cooled for a few minutes, I “tarted” it up with a layer of the pesto!
then some Daiya mozzarella shreds.
Then the roasted tomatoes…Another sprinking of cheese went on top and then this vegan tart was baked for 30 minutes. (I did cover the edges so the crust wouldn’t get too dark.) Served with a light salad, this dinner was a hit with my brother …are ya ever leaving Pete?? 😉 ??