Roasted Herb Tomatoes

I buy a LOT of tomatoes every week.  Sometimes beefsteak, sometimes heirloom, pretty much whatever looks freshest and catches my eye.  It never fails that I have too many and I have to search for ways to use them in a hurry.

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I often roast them in the oven like these scrumptious delights,  and that method works great for the larger tomatoes but I had lots of little grape tomatoes this week and had very little time so I decided to do them in my cast iron pan on the stove top and wow – I hit the flavor jackpot!  Can you believe these little gems took less than 10 minutes?

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You can use these with pasta, sandwiches, bruschetta or add a little cheese for a delightful appetizer.  You can also freeze these for a future lasagna sauce if you can’t use them right away.

Use your favorite herbs in this one and there is no rule as to what’s right.  I used basil, a little Thai basil and thyme (both dried and fresh) along with pepper.  I added a wee bit of salt after cooking but I generally go easy on salt with all of my dishes.  Some garlic would be fabulous.

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If you cook up your leftover tomatoes, take a pic and share it with me on Instagram or Twitter and I’ll share it with my readers.  I want to see what you’re up to!  Cheers 🙂


Roasted Herb Tomatoes
Recipe Type: appetizer
Author: Robyn Gleason (slightly adapted from Food Network)
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Serves: 6
Delicious little gems bursting with the sweetness from roasting and fresh herb flavors. Perfect for sauces, appetizers or sandwiches.
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes (or cherry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Thai basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan large enough to hold all the tomatoes in one layer.
  2. Add the tomatoes, basil, thyme, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to pop. Sprinkle with a little fresh chopped basil and serve hot or at room temperature.

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    March 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I love how soft and shiny tomatoes get when you roast them…I could make an entire dinner out of that pan alone!
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    Chris Scheuer
    March 29, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I’m just like you Robyn, I can never resist pretty tomatoes! And I always have WAY too many! This looks like a wonderful way to use up my indulgences!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    March 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    These are perfect on everything! In scrambled eggs, on a sandwich, pizza, salad or as a snack – I would be a happy girl with a pan of these beauties 🙂
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    March 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Roasted tomatoes are one of my favourite things. So delicious and so useful to add to so many dishes! Lovely 🙂
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    March 29, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I buy cherry tomatoes for my kids to snack on and we inevitably have some left at the end of the week, I’m definitely going to try this soon!
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    Anita Rivera
    March 30, 2016 at 5:15 am

    GOOD MORNING! I would have been here sooner but did I EVER have a spectacular day yesterday with a friend, photographing her all day long!!!!!! Did I learn a lot. OK, tomatoes. LOVE! I can eat anything with tomato sauce, and sundried and roasted I can do, especially with lots of basil, garlic and olive oil. Robyn, your photos are beautiful and against the yellow towel, what a summery vision of culinary possibility!

    Enjoy your day my friend! Anita

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    March 30, 2016 at 5:29 am

    My middle son is obsessed with grape tomatoes…like, we buy them at Costco and he asks for them for breakfast. 🙂 I have a feeling this will become one of our new favorite side dishes. Pinned!
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    March 30, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I love how something so simple can be so perfect!
    My favorite tomatoes are the YELLOW grape tomatoes! So good and they seem to go better with my acid reflux 😛
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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    March 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I love roasted tomatoes! And great way to cook them at this time of the year, when so many tomatoes are flavor-challenged. Good stuff — thanks.
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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    March 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I have some tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter that I’ve been wondering what to do with – will be making this tonight. Thanks for the inspiration, Robyn!

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    April 1, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Hi Robyn,
    These sound delicious and simple to make. This would make a wonderful side dish filled with tasty health. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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    April 3, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Yum! I would probably end up eating the entire thing myself! 🙂

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      April 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      LOL, I almost did!

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    Kathryn Grace
    April 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    These are wonderful and as soon as I can get to a store, I’m going to try your stove-top method. We love tomatoes roasted in the oven, so I know we’ll love them stove top and save energy too. This is my pick for #RecipeOfTheDay on my foodie Facebook page, Twitter and the like. I am so looking forward to tomato season.
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    Personally Andrea
    April 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Our kitchen is never without cherry tomatoes! Thanks for this new way to make them looks delicious!

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    April 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Oh I love that you can freeze these for use later – just think of the possibilities! Pinning this for when ours are growing (hopefully) like crazy : )
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    April 25, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I’m thinking that after I roast these beauties, I’ll dump all the contents into my food processor and puree into a sauce and toss it with gnocchi or pasta. Thanks for the recipe!

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