Taste&Create VI: Roasted Tomatoes with Basil with Cherrapeño

February 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Posted in events, savory things | 12 Comments

roasted tomatoes with basil

For this month’s Taste&Create Nicole from For the Love of Food matched me up with Nic from Cherrapeño.  Nic has a lot of good-looking sweet treats on her blog (I have all the ingredients to make one of them and if I’m able to this weekend, I will), but for events like these, I often like to branch out to the savory side of the cooking world.  Nic grows her own chilies and herbs and puts them to good use on the dinner table.

roasted tomatoes with basil

I decided to make Nic’s roasted tomatoes with basil.  I thought they would be perfect with what I was already making for dinner– broccolini and a vegetable lasagna without tomato sauce. These were so easy to make, it almost felt like a cop out, but let me tell you, they are super flavorful and just burst in your mouth.  No wonder she says they are one of her favorite dishes..now they’re one of mine, too. 

roasted tomatoes with basil

You can find more detail on Nic’s site, but essentially tomatoes, basil and garlic are slow-roasted in the oven with a little olive oil.  Then balsamic is drizzled on top before serving.  I used some large-sized cherry tomatoes I had and sprinkled on a little sea salt, black pepper and more fresh basil when they were out of the oven.  It’s really a beautiful end of summer side dish.

Thanks Nic and Nicole for a great event!


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  1. Wow, these tomatoes look so full of flavor! Yum!

  2. those look SO yummy!
    how weird that it’s summer for you and i’m looking out the window as the snow falls. . . i wish i were eating summer tomatoes!

  3. So simple and so worth trying to do at home for lunch or for a snack. Perfect idea.

  4. Yum! You can’t go wrong with tomato, basil, and garlic, but this looks extra-delicious…and perfect with the meal you were making 🙂


  5. These look so delicious! I must roast some tomatoes this summer!!!

  6. These look insanely delicious! Great dish and great match between you guys!

  7. Oh Steph, you have made the humble tomato look fantastic! I really love the photos, thanks for being a great partner!
    PS. It’s funny to hear you talking about summer!

  8. your tomatoes are so beautiful…..it makes me wish I liked them…can’t seem to get myself to acquire a taste for them…but this dish is absolutely stunning!

  9. Congratulations on your Excellent blog award! It is certainly well deserved and these tomatoes are the reason why! So delicious! And your rum punch cupcakes too! Basically everything!

  10. i LOVE tomato and basil! these look so good!

  11. You’ve been busy since I last checked. These tomatoes look absolutely fantastic……

  12. I think these yummy looking roasted tomatoes will go well with a leg of lamb, also slow roasted – cant wait for lunch tomorrow!!!

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