Thursday, June 3, 2010

Good Ideas: Roasted Cherry Tomato Crostini

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I roast cherry tomatoes every single week in the summer.

Red or yellow, it matters not.

They are great to have on hand to put on pizza, toss with my favorite pasta dish, use on sandwiches and just about anything.

Make a batch and keep them in the fridge.
You will be glad you did.

I made these simple crostini for our Memorial Day party. They are best made with warm toasts and served right away, but I have made them an hour before serving and they are still fine.

One more note: if you can find fresh ricotta as opposed to the supermarket stuff, it makes such a difference. Trader Joe's sells a great fresh ricotta in their cheese section.

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

The simple method is to spread whole cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil.
Drizzle w/ olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Roast at 400F for about 20 minutes until tomatoes are blistering.

Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl and add a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Add some shredded fresh basil leaves if you like, and you will have a yummy jam like consistency.

For the Crostini:

Toast up some baguette slices and spread some fresh ricotta cheese on top of the warm toasts.
Top with the roasted cherry tomato mixture and garnish with a tiny basil leaf.

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Some Memorial Day party photos taken by my friend Sarah.


Ciao Chow Linda said...

What beautiful and delicious crostini. I need to roast cherry tomatoes more often.

Shirley said...

Beautiful!! Great pictures.. delicious and yummy. (of the appetizer).. Glad you posted the pics of your party. Fantastic picture of YOU!

Claudia said...

Yes - every week roasted tomatoes with mozzarella (Every Night Caprese variation). When the tomatoes are truly ripe - I don't do anything but savor! Yours is the prettiest crostini.

elra said...

Definitely good idea. Did you grow your own? One of my tomato starting to to turn red, I just saw it yesterday.

kat said...

Oh my what a tasty little treat. I can't wait until we start getting fresh cherry tomatoes in the garden

Michele said...

That looks delicious! I love those pictures, so cute!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love that photo of you! and I love roasted tomatoes and do it practically ever week myself, but next time I'm going to splash some balsamic in there!

citronetvanille said...

Great idea for toasts! I have a party coming on Friday and I might try those! I love the jam like texture!

Cocina Savant said...

What a perfect marriage of balsamic and cherry tomatoes. With the crispy crostini, it doesn't get any better than that.

Eileen said...

Oh Stacey, can I come to dinner? This all looks wonderful. I really don't like not having a kitchen for 3 months. I'm a creature of habit, and there is none of that right now.

SarahB said...

Looks great Stacey!! I'm so glad you pit the pretty picture of YOU! Thank you for sharing my pics! We had a great time as always.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Queen of Crostini strikes again! I love the splash of balsamic here, and could eat a dozen!

tasteofbeirut said...

Lovely, dainty, full of flavor, bite-size, it is just what a crostini should be!

Dana said...

Pretty lady. Love the hair. I know you have a tart count going, but I think you should also start a crostini count. I love each and every one of yours!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great looking food. You are a very pretty lady.