This Sweet Tomato & Fennel Tarte Tatin features Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes for an absolutely delicious surprisingly simple dish that is sure to impress.
What is a Tarte Tatin?
Tarte Tatin is a traditional French recipe in which fruit (usually apples) is caramelized in sugar and butter before being topped with pastry and baked. While it is typically seen as a dessert, I’ve given it a fun twist by utilizing super sweet Cloud 9® Tomatoes and earthy fennel to create a sweetly savory recipe you will love.
Why Choose Cloud 9®?
There are lot of red grape tomatoes to choose from, but there’s only one Cloud 9®. It’s truly a unique variety. The Cloud 9® experience begins with a burst of fruity flavor that surges in sweetness with every bite, a testament to Pure Flavor’s devoted team of growers and their passion for excellence. Every single tomato has been hand-selected and carefully evaluated to ensure it meets the highest standard.
You will need a 10 inch oven safe skillet (such as this one from All-Clad) to bake the tarte tatin in. You will also need one additional skillet, cutting board and sharp knife.
Ingredients for this Sweet Tomato & Fennel Tarte Tatin:
- Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes
- Fennel – Fennel is a crunchy, aromatic vegetable with a slightly anise flavor that is popular in Mediterran cooking and quickjly gaining popularity around the world.
- Red Onion
- Fresh Thyme
- Balsamic Vinegar – Quality does matter with balsamic vinegar. The richer and sweeter the vinegar, the richer and sweet the dish.
- Puff Pastry – I typically use one sheet of Pepperidge Farm puff pastry. If you take it out of the freezer about the time that you began cooking the fennel and onions it will be nice and pliable by the time you want to put the tart in the oven. Just be sure not to leave it out at room temperature for more than 45-50 minutes.
- The Basics: Olive oil, salt & pepper
Tips & Tricks for a Perfect Sweet Tomato & Fennel Tarte Tatin
Cook Out the Liquid
One of the key tricks for a perfect Sweet Tomato & Fennel Tarte Tatin is to cook off as much liquid as possible from the fennel and onion. Don’t remove them from the pan until absolutely all the added water has been evaporate and make sure to transfer them to a paper towel lined plate. Then dab a few more times with a paper towel on top for good measure.
Making the Caramel
Caramel can seem like an intimidating thing to make but it’s essentially a combination of butter and sugar cooked down to a golden brown syrup. I’ve added Balsamic vinegar to give a savory edge that really compliments the tomatoes. You will simply combine the butter, vinegar and sugar and cook until it comes to a simmer. Simmer for about 4-5 minutes until it darkens and becomes thick, but not stodgy. Be sure to stir constantly once it hits the bubbling stage so as not to burn.
Remember that Skillet is HOT
I cannot tell you how many times I have taken a skillet out of the oven and mere minutes after setting it down grabbed the piping hot handle with my bare hand. (And yes, that did happen today as well! Eek.) So please, remember that handle has just cooked at 425 degrees for half an hour. Don’t touch it ! 🙂
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