Creamy goat cheese polenta is held in a flaky crust, topped with heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil for the perfect summer dish that is beautiful, too.
An heirloom tomato (much like family jewels) is a varietal in which the seeds have been passed down for several generations. In other words, a non-hybrid. However, as they’ve become more popular over the years, this definition has been stretched. Now you’ll see tomatoes that have been cross-pollinated with other varieties to showcase certain characteristics (such as certain colors, stripes, etc) and still referred to as heirloom. I think they’re uniquely beautiful, distinctly delicious, and fun to cook with!
I made you the smoothest/creamy-est polenta and goat cheese tart topped with loads of fresh heirloom tomatoes. The secret? It takes a bit of effort….but if you’ve been following me for some time, you know I’m all about the labor of love! After making the cheesy polenta mixture, I made SURE there were no lumps by pushing every ounce of it through a fine sieve. It takes a bit of time and some muscle, but I think it’s totally worth it.
- 1 9 inch pie crust dough
- 18 oz. prepared polenta
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- ½ orange zest and juice
- 1 egg
- ¼ C water
- 1 tsp honey
- salt & pepper
- a handful of heirloom tomatoes different colors & sizes
- basil to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch round pie pan. Lay the raw pie crust into the pan and press into the edges. Cut the excess off of the top and poke holes all over the bottom with a fork to prevent bubbles.
- Pre-bake the pie crust for 15 minutes in the oven. Then remove and set aside.
- If you bought pre-made polenta and it's in a firm log, cut it up into small pieces. If you just made some and it's soft, exclude the water from this recipe.
- Combine the polenta, goat cheese, orange zest & juice, egg, water, honey, salt and pepper and heat it up on the stove top on low. Continue to break up the lumps with a fork or a potato masher.
- Then, working in four batches, push all of this mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl to work out all of the lumps.
- Pour the polenta mixture into the pre-baked pie crust and bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour until it firms up. Take out of oven and allow to cool.
- Top with sliced heirloom tomatoes, basil leaves, salt & pepper. Slice and serve room temperature.
Trish Santoro is the woman behind wellwornfork.com - a site that teaches cooking techniques to improve your confidence in the kitchen. A Culinary Institute of America grad and adventurous eater, her food know-how is impressive, but her passion will always keep her learning more.