When you think about French dishes, the first thing that springs to mind might be Cassoulet or Coq-au-vin. However, to their complexity, these are not the dishes you would cook for dinner every day. An easy go-to meal would be a quiche Lorraine or a nice vegetable soup, with a piece of bread and cheese (of course!).
Another often-forgotten alternative option is… the savoury tart! There are unlimited recipes to create your favorite one, the most popular are vegetarian or with tuna. Simple and quick, it is a definite crowd-pleaser. Follow our recipe for a timeless classic, tarte au thon.
What is the difference between a tart and a quiche?
In one word: l’appareil, meaning the filling. The base ingredients of the quiche filling are eggs, milk, and crème fraiche. Without these key ingredients, your quiche becomes a tart.
Feeling hungry now? Here is the recipe for the classic and effortless French Tuna Tart as called in France: Tarte au Thon.
1x sheet of puff pastry – can be found in the frozen section of any supermarket
1x jar of tomato & basil sauce
1x tin of tuna
Grated cheese – Emmental preferably, but cheddar will work too
Salt & pepper
Herbes de Provence or mixed herbs and black olives (optional)
Remove the puff pastry from the freezer to defrost for 10 minutes.
Spread a thin layer of French mustard over the puff pastry sheet.
In a bowl, mix the tuna with the tomato sauce (about half or three quarters of a jar) and spread the mixture on top of the mustard.
Cut the tomatoes into thin slices and arrange them nicely on top of the tart.
Finally, add salt & pepper, grated cheese and the Herbes de Provence and/or the black olives.
Cook in the oven at 200 degrees for approximately 35 minutes, serve with green leaves and a vinaigrette.
Top tip: cut the tart into small pieces as an amuse-bouche for apéro!
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