Roasted cherry or grape tomatoes with herbs, olive oil and garlic make for a great topping or side dish. We love them over baguette, sourdough bread, pasta, chicken or fish!! At the end of summer, they pack extra flavor and are so fresh and delicious!
I love roasting cherry or grape tomatoes and most commonly I season them with thyme or oregano. Last year I roasted them with za’atar. Here’s a short video or the za’atar roasted tomatoes if you would like to check it out.
I always use olive oil as a base no matter what herbs I’ll add to the tomatoes. Some of the flavors I have used in the past are as below:
- Mediterranean sea salt / freshly cracked pepper
- red pepper flakes
- balsamic glaze or balsamic vinegar
Can I roast other tomatoes too?
Yes you can roast any type of tomatoes. Make sure tomatoes are red, ripe but not soft yet. I roast grape and cherry tomatoes similarly to each other as they are similar in size. Sometimes I cut them in half, but sometimes I roast them whole. There’s a variety of medley tomatoes too that comes small in size which are perfect for roasting.
When roasting roma tomatoes or campari tomatoes, slice them and place them in single layer rows on the baking pan. Season as usual.
You can use similar process for tomatoes on the vine and other types of tomatoes.
How Do You Serve Roasted Tomatoes?
Roasted cherry or grape tomatoes are so versatile. You can top off ricotta toast with them for a light meal. You can also serve them over grilled chicken or fish.
And if you are in a hurry, a little pita bread with hummus and roasted tomatoes really hits the spot!!
Another way to use roasted tomatoes is to serve them over pasta and top them off with some feta cheese. Don’t skimp on the olive oil:).
Additional Tips and Notes
Here are some additional tips on roasting tomatoes.
- Add seasonings of your choice, there’s more than one way to roast these tomatoes.
- Roast in big batches if you have lots of tomatoes available and can them for winter.
- You can mix grape and cherry tomatoes, it’s not one or the other.
- Feel free not to cut them in half, they look and taste great that way too. I find that roasting them halved looks great on toast, but I prefer roasting them whole for pasta.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze for additional flavor:)
Recipe as is shown is Mediterranean Diet friendly, low carb, vegan and gluten free.
Roasted Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- 1 Porcelain baking dish
- 20 ozs grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp thyme I like using fresh thyme but you can also use dry. Using fresh thyme adds to prep time as you have to remove the small leaves one by one from the stem.
- 2 tbsps olive oil extra virgin
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp Mediterranean sea salt adjust to taste
- 0.5 tsp freshly cracked black pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash and drain tomatoes. Cut them in half and add them to baking dish. I prefer using a baking dish that has some depth, that way I can mix and bake in the same dish without dirtying an additional bowl.
- Add thyme, olive oil, minced garlic and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon. Continue by adding salt and pepper.
- Bake for about 20 minutes! Let tomatoes cool down then you can spoon them over ricotta toast, pasta, chicken or even fish. Store leftovers in a jar with a lid or airtight container.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for few days.
- If you have your own garden and produce lots of tomatoes, you can bake a big batch then blend into a sauce. Store in sterilized jars and use in pastas.
You don’t need to peel cherry or grape tomatoes. They’re great roasted even withe the skin on. If roasting bigger tomatoes, like roma tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine you can roast them halved, skin side up and when cool enough to touch remove the skins.
Yes, you can blend the leftover roasted cherry tomatoes with basil or favorite ingredients and make a sauce to serve with pasta. It’s delicious!! We also add feta cheese to ours .
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