Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Warm Goat Cheese

Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Warm Goat Cheese

Our growing season is short in Minnesota, but believe me, it can still do a tomato justice. Tomatoes are abundant at the farmers market right now, and, honestly, I can eat them like apples. I used to wonder what to do with the bushels of tomatoes I would see at the market, and then I discovered roasting. Yup, oven roast them, my friends…for 3 hours. Yes, you read that right: 3 hours (even longer if you want. The flavor just keeps getting better.) You may think I’m crazy when I tell you to turn your oven on for that long in August, but trust me; you won’t regret it. The tomatoes get sweeter and the flavor intensifies as they roast – which is a perfect thing to do with tomatoes that aren’t quite BLT-ready.

The first appetizer I make when I’m done roasting is this one: Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Warm Goat Cheese. It showcases the intense, sweet flavor of the oven roasted tomatoes beautifully and is a snap to make. Serve it with a crusty baguette, and you have a restaurant-worthy appetizer that is a good fit for any occasion. But really, the sky is the limit once you roast the tomatoes: toss them with pasta, add them to a flatbread, or snack on them straight out of the oven. Another bonus for these versatile oven roasted tomatoes? They freeze well. Make a big batch and freeze some for an impromptu gathering this winter. A taste of summer year-round. What can beat that? 

Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Warm Goat Cheese

Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Warm Goat Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Oven Roasted Tomatoes:
  • 3 pounds Roma tomatoes, halved and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Appetizer:
  • ¾ cup oven roasted tomatoes
  • 6 ounce log goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crostini
Instructions
To make the oven roasted tomatoes:
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. On a parchment lined cookie sheet, place tomatoes and garlic cloves. Sprinkle with oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 3 hours.
To make the appetizer:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small oven safe dish, place goat cheese and top with ¾ cup oven roasted tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with basil, salt and pepper. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm with crostini.

Comments

    • Lisa says

      Hi Karen, Sure, you can use any kind of tomato. I would seed it first to take some of the moisture out! Good luck-let me know how they turn out!

    • Lisa says

      Thanks for stopping by, Alex! I love new appetizer recipes too and this one is definitely worth turning your oven on for :)

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