Tomato tarts are beautiful and really so delicious and refreshing.
I make this tart in so many versions, I mix and match cheeses, tomatoes and aromatics as per the season and what is available, and at times as per my mood that day or to pair with a specific flavour, wine or side…etc. This is one of my favourite ways to make this tart, with my delicious Nabulsi cheese جبنة نابلسية (A specialty cheese of the city of Nablus/Palestine) and it tastes Divine! The pairing of sweet tomatoes and the nabulsi cheese is a classic in Palestinian cuisine, and it was only natural that I was going to pair them here. The addition of my gorgeous Pickled Zaatar adds a layer of depth and earthiness that pairs very well with the combination. It just brings out the cheese flavour and compliments the whole experience. Mint works very well here as well. If you wish to use the mint, then remove the zaatar and focus on the mint instead. Also sometimes I will make this tart without any cheese at all, and just celebrate the flavour of the tomatoes, in which case I finish all with a drizzling of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt flakes. Absolutely Divine!
If you are making this for your children’s lunch box, then make mini tarts. You can use this cheese or any other cheese that you know your kids like. You can go for the zaatar, mint or oregano… really the sky is the limit! I would also remove the pecans from the ones I make for the lunchbox because as it is not safe to send anything containing nuts to school. Just in case any of the children are allergic.
(Bon Appetit in Arabic :))