Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh and flavorful dishes that are easy to make and ideal for sharing with friends and family. That’s why I’m excited to share this 5-Ingredient Savory Feta, Tomato, and Basil Tart recipe with you.
With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can create a delicious and satisfying dish perfect for summer picnics, BBQs, or a light and refreshing meal.
I’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of making this savory tart, so you can impress your guests with your culinary skills (not that making the tart would require any skills!) and enjoy the flavors of summer in every bite.
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make This Savory Tart
So, a mere 5 ingredients and one bowl are what you need to make this simple and tasty tart. The nicest thing is that those ingredients are pretty common, or what do you say: ricotta, feta, eggs, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes.
Be sure to check the chapter further below for variations and substitutions.
But, as this savory tart is simple as pie (!), let’s take a more detailed look at how to prepare this tasty tart without further ado:
Take a medium bowl and crack 6 organic free-range eggs into the bowl.
Add 17.7 oz (500 g) ricotta. Well, the measures are not that exact, so you can use anything between 16—18 oz (450—510 g) ricotta.
Next, add 7 oz (200 g) crumbled feta.
Finally, add half a bunch of chopped fresh basil. You can also naturally add other seasonings, but remember that cheeses contain salt. And, I encourage people to enjoy natural tastes rather than spice their meals into an uninteresting spicy mess.
Mix with an electric mixer (or with a spoon)…
…until well combined.
Transfer into a 9-inch (23 cm) glass or ceramic pie pan.
Here we go.
Take 8 oz (230 g) of halved cherry tomatoes.
Sprinkle or arrange the cherry tomatoes on the tart.
Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for about 1 hour, or until the center starts rising.
Remove from the oven.
Let cool until warm.
Sprinkle another half a bunch of chopped basil on top and serve.
You can also serve the tart cold on a hot summer day — it tastes amazing.
How I Came up with this Easy Savory Tart Recipe
I was craving fresh and summery flavors — but not too much veggies as I try to avoid them on my carnivorish diet. However, I thought I could stand some selected vegetables and herbs, and wanted to come up with a tasty and simple recipe to satisfy my cravings.
It didn’t take long before I realized I could make a savory tart. Some time ago, I figured out that together with eggs, ricotta makes a perfect base for quiche or pie.
To complement the mellow and neutral-tasting ricotta, I wanted to add some really flavorful cheese. After a short pondering and thinking of different cheese varieties, I concluded that feta would be the ultimate flavorful cheese for my savory tart.
I wasn’t planning to add any crust to my tart. I simply thought it doesn’t bring any benefit and would be just an unnecessary extra step which I would like to avoid. Summer is all about easy and straightforward recipes anyway.
Well, I had the base of eggs and cheese, and now I needed to jazz up the tart with some veggies and a herb. Immediately, I imagined a beautiful arrangement of halved cherry tomatoes on top of the tart. And what would be a better herb with tomatoes and cheese than fresh basil? Sounded scrumptious to me!
So, now I had all 5 ingredients, and after calculating the measures, I was ready to conduct my experiment.
I was quite sure about the measurements, so I dared to shoot the photos when I was doing my first experiment. However, I had reserved 12 oz (340 g) of cherry tomatoes and used just about half of them on top of my tart. The arrangement just looked so pretty that I didn’t want to use all the reserved tomatoes.
Actually, it didn’t matter as I try to avoid veggies, so I could tolerate this small amount of tomatoes, and they were a nice seasoning for the tart.
The fresh basil was also an awesome seasoning and, indeed, the best herb for this tart. The ample amount of basil lent a fresh and appetizing taste to the tart. Both the baked basil in the tart and the fresh basil on top of the tart made a great combination and enhanced the flavors pleasantly.
The texture of the tart was soft yet sturdy and succulent but not too moist. It wasn’t too crumbly either, and taking pieces with a fork was easy.
I totally love the taste and texture of this simple savory tart. So good, so simple — and so satisfying!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 6 organic free-range eggs
- 17.7 oz = 500 g ricotta
- 7 oz = 200 g feta, crumbled
- 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
- 8 oz = 230 g halved cherry tomatoes
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
- Combine the eggs, ricotta, feta, and half of the chopped basil in a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer or spoon until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into a 9-inch (23 cm) glass or ceramic pie pan.
- Sprinkle or arrange the cherry tomatoes on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, or until the center starts rising.
- Remove from the oven, and let cool until warm.
- Sprinkle the rest of the chopped basil on top and serve. You can also serve the tart cold on a hot summer day.
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If you don’t like feta, use another sharp or flavorful crumbled or shredded cheese instead. These are good options: Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss cheese, blue cheese (like Roquefort, Gorgonzola, or Stilton), Parmesan, Pecorino, or Manchego.
If you cannot find ricotta, you can use cream cheese instead. However, I strongly recommend ricotta as it makes the texture better, and its taste is more neutral, letting other ingredients shine.
Tomatoes can be replaced with other sliced or chopped low-carb veggies, like asparagus, zucchini, or green bell peppers.
And even though basil is the perfect herb for this tart, you can naturally use another fresh herb (or herb mix) like oregano, mint, rosemary, parsley, or thyme. As herbs vary in their strength, adjust the amount accordingly.
Variations on the Tart
Here are some variations on the basic Savory Feta, Tomato, and Basil Tart recipe:
- Mediterranean Tart: Instead of using feta cheese, use soft, crumbled goat cheese and add some sliced pitted olives, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts to give the tart an even more Mediterranean twist.
- Spinach and Feta Tart: Add 2/3 cup (160 ml) sautéed spinach to the tart for a delicious Greek-style addition.
- Caramelized Onion Tart: Add some caramelized onions to the tart for a sweet and savory flavor. You can also use goat cheese instead of feta for a different taste.
- Caprese Tart: Instead of feta cheese, use fresh mozzarella cheese and arrange some thinly-sliced regular tomatoes (not cherry tomatoes) on top. Bake as directed. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil right before serving for a delicious and easy Caprese Tart.
- Roasted Vegetable Tart: Add some roasted vegetables to the tart, such as zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers. You can also use a mixture of cheeses, such as feta, goat cheese, and Parmesan, for a delicious and flavorful combination.
These variations are easy to make and add variety to your basic Feta, Tomato, and Basil Tart recipe.
I’m back from beautiful Greece. I had a nice work week, and now I’m spending a couple of days in our summer house, celebrating Midsummer.
Midsummer is an important celebration for Finns. It’s actually the second biggest celebration after Christmas. Many Finns (including me) leave the towns and head to their summer houses for the Midsummer. Many Finns start their summer vacation from Midsummer.
Finns love to eat and drink a lot during Midsummer — and naturally go to saunas and swim in lakes. As our summer house is next to a big lake, you can bet that I have been swimming a lot, too. We also have a big, old sauna on the shore, just 18 steps away from the lake.
It’s a wooden sauna and provides gentle and moist heat, truly enjoyable and nothing like the dry and aggressive heat in modern electric saunas.