Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart. Photo courtesy of Porch Light Gatherings.

Katie Barnes and Rachel Johnson, chef-owners of Porch Light Gatherings, have come up with a perfect pairing– an heirloom tomato tart + a delicious little cocktail made with Prosecco, basil and gin. With our garden tomato plants now bearing fruit, now’s the time to enjoy this winning combo!

Heirloom Tomato Tart 


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (see package)
  • 4 ripe heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Seasonal microgreens or herbs for garnish


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2
Unfold pastry and roll out into a 9” x 13” rectangle. Place on baking sheet. With a fork, prick the pastry evenly all over. To create a border, trace a line half an inch in from the edges of the pastry, slicing only halfway through it.

Step 3
Spread goat cheese inside the border. Arrange sliced tomatoes over it, evenly. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.

Step 4
Bake until pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a work surface. Garnish with microgreens or herbs. To serve, cut into squares.

Katie Barnes and Rachel Johnson, chef-owners of Porch Light Gatherings.

Lemon Basil French 75


  • 1 ounce basil simple syrup (make ahead – see step 1)
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2-ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces prosecco
  • Basil leaves


Step 1
Make basil simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup fresh basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep for 30 minutes. Strain syrup into a sterilized glass jar; discard basil. Let cool, then cover and store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Step 2
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a basil leaf.

Porch Light Gatherings is a boutique catering company focused on personalized gatherings and thoughtful food, serving clients in West Michigan.


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