There is nothing better than a nice, ripe tomato in the summertime. I bet you never knew that the tomato (berry, fruit, vegetable, whatever it may be) has quite an extensive history. In the 1600s, Americans and Europeans actually believed that the tomato was poisonous! They kept this belief for hundreds of years and would only use tomatoes for decorative purposes. It wasn't until the French starting calling tomatoes, pommes de'amore, or "love apples", that it became popular in the culinary world. The French actually believed that the tomato had aphrodisiacal qualities so that is where the term "love apple" came from. I decided to use up some of my little "love apples" from the garden by making this Rustic Tomato Tart. If you are a pizza lover, you have got to try this one! It will literally transport your taste buds and make them believe you are at an outdoor bistro in Paris. Use as much mozzarella as you want! The tomatoes become so soft that they almost act as a sauce. How can you ever go wrong with a recipe that uses puff pastry? Yum! I'll take this buttery, flakey crust any day over traditional pizza crust! According to experts, red wine goes best with pizza, especially Chianti. So pour yourself a glass, throw on your favorite music to relax to (mine would be Michael Buble), and pretend you're in Paris!
Rustic Tomato & Mozzarella Tart