Ricotta and eggplant tart with slow roasted cherry tomatoes

Date giugno 3, 2010

One of my best recipes – humbly speaking – before getting to London: OHMYGODIMSOTHRILLED! Finally, after months and months of chats, e-mails, dreams and great expeectations, the moment of the food blogger event of the year – Food Blogger Connect – has come! And I’m ready, almost packed, to live one of the most eciting experiences of my life. Foodies I’m coming!

This tart shell made with spelt flour and stuffed with ricotta, eggplant and sour cream is one of my most successful recipes. I’m very proud, yes! It is, apparently, a long and laborious recipe, but the important thing is to do everything step by step, and you’ll get through without even noticing! Let’s start with the slow roasted tomatoes. Compared to all the recipes I found on the Internet, mine asks for whole tomatoes, not cut in a half. This produces a surprise effect that I find barely amazing: the tomato explodes in your mouth and releases all its Mediterranean flavor. Obviously you can make slow roasted tomatoes in abundance, and store them in extra virgin olive oil to serve them as a last minute side dish!

Ingredients for spelt pastry case:

  • spelt flour, 175 gr
  • butter, 75 gr
  • oregano, 1 tablespoon
  • egg, 1 white and yolk separated
  • salt and pepper
  • cold water, 2 tablespoons

Ingredients for the stuffing:

  • organic ricotta cheese, 300 gr
  • sour cream, 250 ml
  • eggplant, 1
  • salt and pepper
  • oregano
  • extra virgin olive oil

Ingredients for slow roasted tomatoes:

  • cherry tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • oregano
  • garlic, 1 clove

    Making slow roasted tomatoes: Preheat oven to 160°C, wash the tomatoes and arrange them in a baking dish, season them with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and plenty of oregano. Cut garlic finely and scatter over tomatoes. Bake for one hour, until they are wrinkled but still of a nice bright red.

    Making ricotta filling: while tomatoes are in the oven, bake the eggplant as well, cut in half lengthwise, pricked and sprinkled with a little olive oil. Bake for about 45 minutes, until it is soft and well cooked. Remove it from the oven and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Cut the flesh with a knife and reduce it to small pieces, mix everything with the ricotta and sour cream. Season with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano and set aside.

    Making spelt pastry case: rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the oregano, salt and pepper. Beat the egg with two tablespoons of cold water and mix into the flour: knead until it forms a soft and elastic dough. Wrap in clingfilm andchill  for 30 minutes. Use to line a a tart tin, prick the base with a fork and chill again for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 200°C.

    Line with foil or baking parchement, then fill with baking beans. Bake blind for about 10 – 12 minutes. Remove the foil and baking beans and return the pastry case to the oven for a further 5 – 7 minutes t dry out completely. To prevent pastry from becoming soggy from the filling brush the blind-baked case with beaten white egg and bake againfor 5 – 10 minutes until set and shiny.

    Final assembly. Once cold, remove the case from the baking tin and pour the ricotta and eggplant mixture in, then arrange the roasted tomatoes over the surface. Sprinkle with roasted tomatoes juice and olive oil. Serve as appetizer or as a main dish, with a rocket and tomatoes salad.

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    24 Responses to “Ricotta and eggplant tart with slow roasted cherry tomatoes”

    1. Ady said:

      Bellissima ricetta, adoro le melanzane, la proverò ciaooooo ;-)


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    4. C and C Dish said:

      This looks just wonderful!


    5. Kristin said:

      Oh my goodness! This is looks incredible. How am I just discovering this blog now??? Good stuff.


    6. The Duo Dishes said:

      Beautiful tart shell. Love the sound of this tart. It’s a great spring recipe.


    7. Magic of Spice said:

      Fantastic! This is a must save, love all of the flavors:)


    8. Adelina said:

      Thanks for the recipe. I like the idea of roasting tomatoes as a whole.


    9. Paula - bell'alimento said:

      Ma che buono! Devo farlo al piu’ presto! Baci!


    10. Pam-Sticks Forks Fingers said:

      Nice, nice, nice! Roasted cherry tomatoes always top my white bean dip, and get squished on top of our pizzas, etc., but atop an eggplant/ricotta tart is genious! Lovely photographs as well.

      Enjoy London for us all!


    11. Trudy ~ veggie num num said:

      Everything about this delicious looking tart sounds amazing… thank you for sharing :)


    12. Melanie said:

      so beautiful and yummy too!!


    13. The Cilantropist said:

      This looks amazing… My mouth is watering!!!! :)


    14. The Housewife said:

      That is one good looking tart! I love the combination of flavors…Great recipe :)


    15. heidileon said:

      Perfect summery tart!, I love the idea of mixing ricotta with eggplant. so clever.And about what you slow roasted tomatoes “.. explodes in your mouth and releases all its Mediterranean flavor…”. I couldn’t agree more.


    16. Noelle said:

      What a beauitful dish! Congrats!


    17. Pascale said:

      What gorgeous recipes! I can’t wait to try those yummy looking meatballs. It was lovely to meet you at Food Blogger Connect.
      Pascale (Extra-Relish)


    18. Anne's Kitchen said:

      Wow, I love the look of this tart! And nice shallow depth of field in your photo :) It was absolutely lovely to meet you over the weekend, I’ve added your blog to my blogroll, so will be stopping by regularly from now on :)


    19. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said:

      What a lovely dish! I’ll definitely have to make this sometime soon. I love eggplant and roasted tomatoes!


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    21. liz said:

      This looks lovely! Thanks for stopping by zested and introducing me to your site.


    22. Hugh Morton said:

      The roasted tomatoes technique alone is worth double the price of admission. I just had this for lunch. thanks for posting

      Hugh in Dallas


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