I have been totally into all of the fresh ripe tomatoes around these last few weeks and I have been enjoying them every opportunity that I get. When I came across this recipe for roasted heirloom tomatoes with fontina and thyme on Healthy Green Kitchen I was immediately smitten with the idea. Even if your tomatoes are perfectly ripe they can always benefit from a little roasting which concentrates and brings out more of their amazing flavour. If that wasn't enough, those roasted tomatoes are then smothered in ooey gooey melted cheese taking them way over the top and right onto my meal plan!
This recipe is really quick and easy to make! You start by dicing the tomatoes, tossing them in some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper then you roast them, top them with cheese and broil for a few minutes to melt the cheese. All said and done you can have this tasty treat in front of you in about a half an hour with very little actual hands on time. These cheese covered roasted tomatoes go great with some bread to top or scoop with and it would easily work as an appetizer at a dinner party or even as a light meal along with a salad!
Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes in Fontina
Roasted heirloom tomatoes covered in melted cheese that just scream to be scooped up with a piece of crusty bread.
- 1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoons thyme, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup fontina, shredded
- 1 small loaf of bread such as a ciabatta or a baguette, torn or sliced
- Toss the tomatoes in the oil and vinegar along with the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and spread the mixture out over the bottom of an oven proof pan or baking dish.
- Roast in a preheated 425F oven until the tomatoes just start to brown on the edges, about 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle on the cheese and place it under the broiler until it is melted and bubbling, about 2-5 minutes. (Watch it carefully.)
- Remove from oven and serve right away with bread for dipping and scooping.