Thyme Roasted Tomatoes (with Bonus Crostini Recipe)

Thyme Roasted Tomatoes are roasted quickly in the oven with garlic, salt, olive oil and fresh thyme to create a simple side dish bursting with flavor and ready in just 10 minutes. 

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While many people think of tomatoes as a summer staple (and, of course they are), I like to enjoy them year round – especially with this recipe for grape and cherry roasted tomatoes with thyme. Small tomatoes are juicy and sweet making them delicious for popping in your mouth. But, they also are divine when they are warm – especially by roasting – because the juices concentrate making them sweet and delicious. Plus, the options for how to serve herb-roasted tomatoes are endless.

For an impressive and simple holiday appetizer, top toasted crostini rounds with a smear of creamy goat cheese or a dollop of ricotta cheese then add juicy Thyme Roasted Tomatoes.

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What is the Best Kind of Tomato for Roasting? 

Juicy and sweet, Campari tomatoes (smaller than a plum tomato but larger than a cherry tomato) are a favorite when it comes to roasting. I love preparing this variety when I plan to toss the tomatoes with pasta for a simple and quick weeknight dinner. Grape and cherry tomatoes are also a favorite because of their small size and concentrated flavor. Plus, they are the ideal size for piling on a crostini (see below for the recipe) or for popping in my mouth. 

Thyme Roasted Tomatoes from Holley Grainger

How Long Does it Take to Make Quick Roasted Tomatoes?

There are two methods when it comes to roasting tomatoes – slow and fast. Because convenience is always key for me, I default to the fast method 91/2 times out of 10. The method I share in this recipe allows ample time for the tiny tomatoes to concentrate their flavor, swell and slightly burst. 

To quickly roast tomatoes, use a higher heat around 425 degrees F for around 10 to 20 minutes. For tiny tomatoes like grape, aim for the lower side of the range while larger roasting tomatoes like Campari require more time – up to 20 minutes. Note that for smaller tomatoes, you can leave these whole while larger tomatoes such as Campari or Roma usually work best when they are sliced in half. 

If you want to try slow roasting, I love this recipe for Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Whole Garlic Cloves by Something New for Dinner. 

Thyme Roasted Tomatoes 

Thyme Roasted Tomatoes from Holley Grainger

 

Tips for Serving this Mediterranean Roasted Tomato Recipe

  • Serve warm as a side dish.
  • Toss warm tomatoes and hot pasta with spinach, 1-2 tbsp olive oil and about ¼-1/2 cup of the cooked pasta water for a simple dinner.  
  • Serve cold or warm as a crostini topping over grilled bread and goat cheese. (See the recipe below!)
  • Toss cold roasted tomatoes on a salad.

 

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Thyme Roasted Tomatoes

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Thyme Roasted Tomatoes are roasted quickly in the oven with garlic, salt, olive oil and fresh thyme to create a simple side dish bursting with flavor and ready in just 10 minutes. 

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Ingredients

2 pounds grape or cherry tomatoes

12 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (about 56 sprigs)

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add tomatoes to a large foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle evenly with olive oil then sprinkle with garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Toss gently. 
  2. Roast tomatoes at 425 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until skin soften and begin to blister or split. Serve immediately or store, cooled, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

You can equally substitute fresh rosemary for fresh thyme for a flavor twist. Or try both!

 

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Thyme Roasted Tomato Crostinis

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 16 crostini 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

For an impressive and simple holiday appetizer, top toasted crostini rounds with a smear of creamy goat cheese or a dollop of ricotta cheese then add juicy Thyme Roasted Tomatoes. 

Scale

Ingredients

1/2 French baguette

4 oz. goat cheese

1 serving (2 cups) Thyme Roasted Tomatoes

Instructions

Preheat broiler. Slice baguette into ¼-inch pieces and bake 3 to 4 minutes or until edges become golden brown. Remove from oven and spread with goat cheese, top with roasted tomatoes.

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