There is nothing better than a British tomato in season. That is, until I consume the next batch of national seasonal illustriousness, in which case that will likely be the best thing ever. What can I say? I’m fickle.
Have I mentioned 10,001 times yet how much I love this time of year for seasonal produce?
But there’s one unfortunate aspect of life in the UK (and I mean aside from that harebrained pile of nonsense that is the study guide to becoming a UK citizen), and that’s the distinct lack of one of my other favourite provisions: the velvety avocado. Oh you can get them here, sure, but to find the perfectly ripened fruit is rare. I’ll stand in the produce aisles poking and prodding each specimen of each variety, closely inspecting the stem, often leaving empty handed. Every once in awhile, however, I’ll find a gem.
A sweet and tangy tomato pairs well with the lovely avocado, so give this puff pastry tart a try! It’s certainly the right time of year to be enjoying this sort of thing, even if the weather has been crap. Just throw a salad alongside and call it summer. That’ll make it so, right?
Summer Tomato and Avocado Tart
- Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F) and roll the pastry to a thin sheet on a baking tray.
- In one bowl, combine the sliced avocados with the citrus juice (it will keep the avocado from browning). If you’re worried about accidentally mashing the avocado slices, just use your fingers to lightly rub the juice on all surfaces.
- Combine the oil, garlic, and oregano in a medium bowl. Add the tomatoes and stir to coat with the oil mixture.
- Place the tomato halves on the pastry in a single layer. If they don’t cover the whole pastry, that’s okay! Bake for 10 minutes before removing and quickly placing the sliced avocado on top. Return to the oven and bake for a further 8-10 minutes, until the pastry is lightly and uniformly browned. Remove and serve warm.