In the beginning of cherry tomato season, I only want to eat them fresh and drippy. But once they come in strong, I love this tart, which bakes the tomatoes to concentrate and caramelize their sweetness (and remove a bit of moisture so that they don't sog everything). The baked tomatoes are set in a base of goat cheese, lightened with a bit of milk and eggs -- it's not as delicate as a quiche custard, but lightened just enough to give it a bit of softness. The tiny bit of mustard and the sprinkling of thyme leaves provide a nice accent, without distracting from the summery cherry tomato flavor. —deensiebat
small tart crust
1 1/2 - 2 cups
cherry tomatoes (the exact amount may vary, depending upon the size and shape of your tomatoes - if you roast too many, that's not a bad thing at all)
soft goat cheese
half-and-half or milk
chopped fresh thyme (or other herb of your choice), divided
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Halve the cherry tomatoes along their equators, and place them cut-side up in a baking dish. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and place them in the oven for 2-3 hours. They should shrink up somewhat, to maybe 2/3 their size, but still be juicy. Set aside.
Raise the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Spread the mustard along the bottom of the tart shell, leaving a very thin layer. In a mixer (or using a whisk or fork and a lot of patience), blend together the goat cheese, eggs, half-and-half, and half the fresh herbs. Pour this mixture into the tart shell. Gently place the tomatoes on top, cut-side up, in an arrangement that strikes you.
Transfer the tart to the oven, and bake ~45 minutes, until the filling has puffed and begun to brown, and the tomatoes are caramelized a touch on top. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Scatter the remaining fresh herb and a light sprinkling of salt across the top, and serve.