Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tomato Heaven: The Perfect Food

This is just a tomato sitting on top of a piece of crostini with goat cheese. Nothing special, nothing to get excited about... it is just a tomato.  It is only food.

The Perfect Bite

Totally wrong!! This is the world's best tomato sitting on creamy goat cheese and a slightly crispy and slightly chewy crostini. The flavors of this tomato are amazing and true. With fresh bits of garlic and herbs cutting through the rich sweetness of the tomato.  It has a bold and bright flavor with the slight warmth of a rich olive oil. This is better than a fresh picked, dirt on you hands, eating in the garden tomato. This is a heavenly tomato! And the best part, you can make it any time of the year! Enjoy

Recipe from Bon Appetit September 2008

1 cup (or more) olive oil, divided
1 pounds plum tomatoes halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh Italian parsley
  • Aged goat cheese (such as Bucheron)
  • 1 baguette, thinly sliced crosswise, toasted

TIP/ Alta Cucina canned plum tomatoes are available online from

  • Preheat oven to 250°F. Pour 1/2 cup oil into 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange tomatoes in dish, cut side up. Drizzle with remaining 1/2 cup oil. Sprinkle with oregano, sugar, and salt. Bake 1 hour. Using tongs, turn tomatoes over. Bake 1 hour longer. Turn tomatoes over again. Bake until deep red and very tender, transferring tomatoes to plate when soft (time will vary, depending on ripeness of tomatoes), about 15 to 45 minutes longer.
  • Layer tomatoes in medium bowl, sprinkling garlic and parsley over each layer; reserve oil in baking dish. Drizzle tomatoes with reserved oil, adding more if necessary to cover. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours. DO AHEAD Cover; chill up to 5 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

  • Serve with goat cheese and toasted baguette slices.
    This a perfect food!

    This is one of my 2 favorite winter appetizers that contain tomatoes and goat cheese!

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