Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

I just love sinking my teeth into a fresh, ripe tomato.  Some people think I’m strange, but I rather enjoy eating them whole, just like you’d eat an apple.  I recall picking tomatoes from my Dad’s garden when I was a kid, and eating them on the spot – no knife to cut them up, or salt and pepper to flavor them.  I loved them just as they were, .simple and delicious.

To this day I still love them in their natural form, but I also enjoy adding a bit of flavor to them some times.  This recipe for Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes is really enjoyable.  The white balsamic vinegar adds just a hint of sweetness, and combines very well with the flavors of basil and Parmesan cheese.  Now THIS is a great way for a grown up to enjoy tomatoes!

These tomatoes certainly were firm!  Usually when I cut into a tomato it is very soft and mushy inside.  All the seeds and juice come pouring out, leaving a huge mess to clean up.  When I cut into them, no seeds came out and there was only a tiny bit of tomato juice to clean up.  They were very hearty!

They held up very well to all of the ingredients I topped them with – white balsamic vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese, dried basil, Kosher salt and pepper.

The finished product was absolutely incredible.  They had the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and I loved that they were very meaty, and held their form well unlike other tomatoes I have had.

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 Medium to Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Cut tomatoes into four slices each. Spread tomato slices out on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle tomatoes with white balsamic vinegar, grated Parmesan cheese, dried basil, Kosher salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until cheese has melted and tomatoes are soft around the edges.
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