I look forward to outdoor entertaining on warm summer days. Good food is a key part of any successful parties and I am always excited to broaden my repertoire. Chilled soup, pitchers of sangria, a platter of antipasti or charcuterie, grilled kebabs, and no-fuss fruity dessert all immediately come to mind. Earlier this month I was invited to a casual backyard party so I brought something to share with my friends.
I like the low maintenance nature of savoury tarts. They can be enjoyed hot, warm, or room temperature. That means I am free to enjoy the company instead of planning my cooking and serving time window precisely. I can easily make it ahead of time. The choice of filling is a reflection of the season with flavourful ingredients taking centre stage. Quiches (so many quiches!) and onion tarts (like this one and this one) are perennial favourites at home. I came across an old recipe from Orangette for Roasted Tomato Tart with Crème Fraiche and Thyme. I was immediately drawn by the concentration of flavour that four pounds of plum tomatoes can contribute to one tart.