Where would we be without friends? I was all set to make another recipe using my cherry tomatoes from the garden, when someone (Katie) mentioned the roasted cherry tomatoes for this week. So, in fairly typical fashion, I did a twofer.
The other recipe (thank you Smitten Kitchen) is for cherry tomatoes roasted with pearl onions – all served over croutons with white beans. I’d made really yummy black beans, so thought I’d substitute.
Ours are roasted alone, but with garlic and fresh herbs. Of course, both preparations rely on good olive oil, salt and pepper. Both are also roasted in a very similar time frame. They go from this…
to this… in about 3/4 of an hour.
They end up with some seriously deliciousness in each pan. That juice really adds to the dish. I thought that it was fun to have the combination of the heirloom yellow pear tomatoes as well as the sweet 100s.
This recipe also includes a home made herb cheese. I didn’t happen to have any goats milk yogurt around (really?), so I picked up a nice, mild, soft goat cheese, and added herbs from the garden. Always a good thing – herbs from the garden! I used thyme and rosemary in this version.
So, the final prep. Toast. Slather herbed goat cheese on one slice. Pile on black beans on the other.
And finally – top with the roasted tomatoes. I also topped the goat cheese ones with thin strips of basil.
This was some serious yumminess! Both dishes were delicious – and I have to admit the CtBF recipe was almost gone by the time we were finished with dinner. It made a really terrific dish for a relaxed evening. The others? They were great too. Seriously, how can you go wrong with fresh garden tomatoes roasted to develop their sweetness. Just a different dish than fresh (also good!).
I think the punchline is that it’s a great go-to dish. I’m kind of sorry I shared my earlier ones when I had too many! OK, not really, but I could happily make a bunch more!!
I have to take down my plants. Between the heat, and probably just running out of gas, my plants are done. It’s a little sad. But it’s also ok, because I can get whatever kind of tomatoes they have at the roadside stand, and that’s a good thing too. There’s still summery goodness to be enjoyed. If you’d like to find out what our other bloggers thought of the dish, you can find links to their posts at cookthebookfridays. We have bloggers from all over north america and around the world cooking together through My Paris Kitchen. It will be fun to see how they fared!