The first time I had a Tarte à la Tomate prepared by my friend Paul's mother Brigitte, I wanted to eat the whole thing.
Brigitte was born in Alsace, France and keeps French cooking traditions very much alive in her kitchen in Vermont. I was lucky enough to spend some time with her there and of course eat her delicious and beautiful food, which I think about all the time!
I was ecstatic when Brigitte filmed a segment of Paul and Alana's video series, Cooking by Heart and shared her recipe for her Tarte à la Tomate. From watching her video (must be like 50 times now:), I have now made her tarte a number of times in my home. I definitely recommend watching the video several times before making the recipe.
Every year, my friends Jackie and Ken throw a huge pie potluck and this year was the first year I could attend. I decided that I would make Brigitte's recipe but with a little twist incorporating our tomato achaar. In the recipe, she calls for mustard to be spread on the bottom of the crust so instead I subbed in my achaar (which has black mustard seeds) and the 'Tarte à la Tomato Achaar' was born. It was a total hit at the pie potluck!
With tomatoes just appearing at the farmer's market, I hope you'll give this recipe a try this summer. Thanks Brigitte for teaching me the art of the tarte:)
Adapted from Brigitte Helzer's Tarte à la Tomate recipe via Cooking by Heart