Potato and Provencal Vegetable Tart

Appetizer, Side Dish, Main Dish

At a Glance

  • Potato Type: Yellow
  • Prep Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Recipe By:

Using a simple crust, this lighter recipe is a great way to feature end-of-summer vegetables. Here Chef Mark Sullivan alternates thin layers of potatoes with late-season eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and sweet peppers.


  • 200 grams tomato, sliced to 1/8-inch thick
  • *500 grams medium German butterball potatoes, cleaned
  • *150 grams piquillo peppers, peeled and seeded
  • *150 grams eggplant, peeled and sliced to 1/8-inch thick
  • *50 grams zucchini, sliced to 1/8-inch thick
  • *1 tablespoon rosemary, picked and chopped
  • *Extra-virgin olive oil
  • *Salt
  • *One 10-inch round tart mold lined with short crust pastry, well chilled (separate recipe follows)


1. Preheat convection oven to 200 F.

2. On a sheet pan lined with a silicon baking mat, place sliced tomatoes. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, season with salt, and dry in the oven for 2 hours. Remove from sheet pan and reserve chilled.

3. Roll out short crust pastry to ¼-inch thick, set into a 10-inch tart mold with a removable bottom, reserve chilled.

4. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Blanch potatoes for 90 seconds and drain. On a sheet pan lined with towels, place potatoes in a single layer. Blot until completely dry, reserve chilled.

5. On additional sheet trays lined with towels, place peppers, eggplant, and zucchini slices in a single layer. Season with salt and reserve chilled.

Assembling the Tart

1. For the first layer, scallop half of the potatoes on the bottom of the crust. Drizzle with a scant amount of extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of rosemary.

2. Repeat the process with half of the eggplant. Continue to layer using all of the peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini. Top with the remaining eggplant and finish with a layer of potatoes.

3. Chill for 30 minutes prior to baking.

Baking the Tart

1. Preheat convection oven to 350 F.

2. Place assembled tart on a sheet pan and bake for 90 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and thoroughly cooked. As the tart bakes, you will need to periodically press the potatoes down using a spatula. This will help the potatoes to maintain their shape and take on a uniform, caramel color. If potatoes reach the desired color in advance of being fully cooked, cover with a layer of parchment followed by foil. Continue baking, until the vegetables are soft when pierced with a knife.

3. Remove and allow tart to rest for 90 minutes before slicing

*Short-Crust Pastry Dough Recipe

Yields: 1 crust


200 grams all-purpose flour
110 grams butter, cold and cut into small cubes
2-4 tablespoons cold water


1. In a food processor, place flour and butter. Pulse until flour resembles wet sand.

2. Add 2 tablespoons water and pulse until dough comes together, adding more water, if needed.

3. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. When ready, roll to desired thickness.


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