Oven Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Spread

by Tokyo Terrace on November 12, 2009

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For many of you, tomato season has come to a close. The late-summer harvest has ended and you have enjoyed big, juicy, sweet tomatoes in every way possible. In Japan, tomato season is always over. I have the most difficult time finding tomatoes that even come close to the ones I’ve eating in Minnesota. Here, the tomatoes are small, pink, and have a grainy flesh. They are very similar to the tomatoes that can be found in the mega supermarkets when tomatoes are out of season. Fortunately, cherry tomatoes are available and are quite good.

For the times when I am really craving that rich tomato flavor, I turn to this recipe. Slow roasting tomatoes, no matter what their quality, seems to bring out all the great things that tomatoes lovers treasure. And somehow, even the pinkest of tomatoes come out looking a deeper red.
TomatoesYou may remember the post I wrote over the summer about Ursula’s Wine Bar and Cafe in White Bear Lake, MN. This is a variation of a starter that has been on their menu for years. It is a favorite of many patrons, including myself. There is nothing like sitting at the bar with a big glass of red wine, warm crusty bread topped with the sweet, juicy, herby tomatoes and creamy, tangy goat cheese. I miss that…

For my version of Ursula’s starter, I toss the tomatoes in olive oil and honey before placing them in a pan. A light sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper before they go into the oven and 45 minutes later a transformation occurs. The tomatoes are perfectly roasted with an intensely sweet flavor. The goat cheese is the perfect way to balance the tomatoes’ strong flavor.
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This dish is great to make in large quantities and, if goat cheese is a little too rough on the wallet, you can use part goat cheese and part cream cheese. Just combine the two in a bowl and blend with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Perfect for the upcoming holidays! Thanks to Ursula’s for keeping this one on the menu. It’s nice to be able to recreate a delicious part of home such as this.

Oven Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Spread
Makes 4-6 appetizer servings

2 pints cherry tomatos (or 6 roma tomatoes) halved

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

12 oz. goat cheese

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (or 160 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, honey and olive oil. Toss to coat. Transfer the tomatoes into a 9 inch pan with sides at least 1 inch high. Spread the tomatoes in an even layer and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Put the tomatoes in the oven and roast for 45 to 1 hour. If you notice the skin of the tomato starting to burn at all, give them a quick stir during the cooking process.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of a small oven-safe serving dish, spread the goat cheese in an even layer. When the tomatoes are done, carefully add the time leaves. Turn the oven temperature up to 350 degrees F (175 C). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes on top of the goat cheese and place the dish in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese is heated through. Again, keep an eye on the tomatoes to ensure they do not burn.

Serve with warmed crusty bread or crackers.

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    Oh wow, look at those cherry tomatoes. I have some tomatoes in the kitchen counter for a week now and they’re still anemic. :) I mean, they’re really pale. This is what I usually get if I buy from the supermarket so when I saw the tomatoes above, I am so admiring it. Since I have the tomatoes and still thinking of what to do with it, I decided to do your recipe. :)

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Oh wow, look at those cherry tomatoes. I have some tomatoes in the kitchen counter for a week now and they’re still anemic. :) I mean, they’re really pale. This is what I usually get if I buy from the supermarket so when I saw the tomatoes above, I am so admiring it. Since I have the tomatoes and still thinking of what to do with it, I decided to do your recipe. :)

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  • http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com/ MaryMoh

    looks very inviting. I love tomatoes esp baby tomatoes. I always crush up t’ goat cheese, cut the tomatoes into halves and mix up. Sometimes I add some coriander leaves…simple and nice

  • http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com MaryMoh

    looks very inviting. I love tomatoes esp baby tomatoes. I always crush up t’ goat cheese, cut the tomatoes into halves and mix up. Sometimes I add some coriander leaves…simple and nice

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com/ Scott

    The addition of honey to the tomatoes before roasting must really cut the acidity, great idea.

    And I’m not familiar with the climate in Tokyo, but could you grow your own tomatoes if you wanted to?

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com Scott

    The addition of honey to the tomatoes before roasting must really cut the acidity, great idea.

    And I’m not familiar with the climate in Tokyo, but could you grow your own tomatoes if you wanted to?

  • http://acquiredflavor.blogspot.com/ Rochelle (Acquired Taste)

    Oh my goodness, YUM! I love tomatoes and I LOVE goat cheese. Considering I’m the only one in my home that likes tomatoes though, I’ll just have to make a whole batch of these and not worry about sharing… :D

  • http://acquiredflavor.blogspot.com Rochelle (Acquired Taste)

    Oh my goodness, YUM! I love tomatoes and I LOVE goat cheese. Considering I’m the only one in my home that likes tomatoes though, I’ll just have to make a whole batch of these and not worry about sharing… :D

  • http://petitechef.wordpress.com/ la petite chef

    LOVEEEEE THIS!! Goat cheese is awesome, thanks for the recipe! :)

  • http://petitechef.wordpress.com la petite chef

    LOVEEEEE THIS!! Goat cheese is awesome, thanks for the recipe! :)

  • http://everyhouronthehour.tumblr.com/ jen

    i have become obsessed with / addicted to roasting cherry tomatoes… toss them in the oven with bunches of whole cloves of garlic and some onions or shallots, let them get all warm and runny and mushy, and then try NOT to eat the entire pan in one sitting. i keep meaning to make a tart with the roasted tomatoes, which seems like it would be very similar to what you have going on here, plus pastry dough. yummy yum yum.

  • http://everyhouronthehour.tumblr.com jen

    i have become obsessed with / addicted to roasting cherry tomatoes… toss them in the oven with bunches of whole cloves of garlic and some onions or shallots, let them get all warm and runny and mushy, and then try NOT to eat the entire pan in one sitting. i keep meaning to make a tart with the roasted tomatoes, which seems like it would be very similar to what you have going on here, plus pastry dough. yummy yum yum.

  • cindy

    We love the tomatoes in Tokyo and unless I am buying fresh tomatoes from the Amish in mid August the idea of Minnesota tomatoes is not pleasant. Shop around and I think you will find good ones that do not have that pulpy interior. I continue to enjoy your blog and I think you should show the pictures of your “huge” kitchen every few weeks so people realize that they do not need the McKitchen shown in American magazines. You are an inspiration.

  • cindy

    We love the tomatoes in Tokyo and unless I am buying fresh tomatoes from the Amish in mid August the idea of Minnesota tomatoes is not pleasant. Shop around and I think you will find good ones that do not have that pulpy interior. I continue to enjoy your blog and I think you should show the pictures of your “huge” kitchen every few weeks so people realize that they do not need the McKitchen shown in American magazines. You are an inspiration.

  • thewhitesintokyo

    I can attest to the absolute awesomeness of this little dish. Rachael made this when we had some friends over last weekend and the three of us devoured the entire thing in just a few minutes.

    Well, we did save ONE little roasted sweet tomato and some cheese for the cook! I know this is weird, but I don’t really eat tomatoes and I loved every bite. Try this…you’ll love it.

  • thewhitesintokyo

    I can attest to the absolute awesomeness of this little dish. Rachael made this when we had some friends over last weekend and the three of us devoured the entire thing in just a few minutes.

    Well, we did save ONE little roasted sweet tomato and some cheese for the cook! I know this is weird, but I don’t really eat tomatoes and I loved every bite. Try this…you’ll love it.

  • thewhitesintokyo

    Check out my comment below- I’m a non-tomato eating convert to this recipe. It’s that good.

  • thewhitesintokyo

    Check out my comment below- I’m a non-tomato eating convert to this recipe. It’s that good.

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com/ mylastbite

    Gorgeous photos (as always)!

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com mylastbite

    Gorgeous photos (as always)!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Goat cheese and roasted tomatoes — those crazy kids look so great together, they should just go ahead and get married already. They get along so well, they want the same delicious things in life… it’s a match made in heaven! :P Love the recipe and the photos look like warm goodness in a bowl!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Goat cheese and roasted tomatoes — those crazy kids look so great together, they should just go ahead and get married already. They get along so well, they want the same delicious things in life… it’s a match made in heaven! :P Love the recipe and the photos look like warm goodness in a bowl!

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com/ Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Two of my favourite flavours right there… Def a keeper for next year’s crop which will hopefully be better than this year’s…

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite

    Two of my favourite flavours right there… Def a keeper for next year’s crop which will hopefully be better than this year’s…

  • http://amazhang.wordpress.com/ Joy Zhang

    Oh these are absolutely beautiful photos youve taken of the tomatoes, it really captures the beauty of the vegetable. I really enjoy the combination of tomatoes and goat cheese, the cheese does a great job with balancing out the acid in the tomatoes. Thanks for sharing this one it is great and as always, your pictures are fabulous!

  • http://amazhang.wordpress.com Joy Zhang

    Oh these are absolutely beautiful photos youve taken of the tomatoes, it really captures the beauty of the vegetable. I really enjoy the combination of tomatoes and goat cheese, the cheese does a great job with balancing out the acid in the tomatoes. Thanks for sharing this one it is great and as always, your pictures are fabulous!

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: I hope the tomatoes turned out well! This is really a no-fail method for all tomatoes. I love them! Almost like eating candy…

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: I hope the tomatoes turned out well! This is really a no-fail method for all tomatoes. I love them! Almost like eating candy…

  • tokyoterrace

    MaryMoh: I bet the coriander leaves add a really nice flavor! What a great idea. Coriander is difficult to find here, unfortunately. I love it, though!

  • tokyoterrace

    MaryMoh: I bet the coriander leaves add a really nice flavor! What a great idea. Coriander is difficult to find here, unfortunately. I love it, though!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scott: The honey really is the perfect ingredient to balance all of the flavors. I have had honeyed goat cheese before, so I thought this would be a natural combination. Also, I did have my own tomato plant last year, but it didn’t last through the summer. It’s difficult when we don’t stay here for June July and August.

  • tokyoterrace

    Scott: The honey really is the perfect ingredient to balance all of the flavors. I have had honeyed goat cheese before, so I thought this would be a natural combination. Also, I did have my own tomato plant last year, but it didn’t last through the summer. It’s difficult when we don’t stay here for June July and August.

  • tokyoterrace

    Rochelle: This is definitely a great recipe for people who are not tomato fans. The sweetness and texture change quite a bit with the roasting process and for many people they become enjoyable. I hope you enjoy them (even if you only make them for yourself!) :D

  • tokyoterrace

    Rochelle: This is definitely a great recipe for people who are not tomato fans. The sweetness and texture change quite a bit with the roasting process and for many people they become enjoyable. I hope you enjoy them (even if you only make them for yourself!) :D

  • tokyoterrace

    laPetiteChef: Thank you! I hope you’ll give them a try!

  • tokyoterrace

    laPetiteChef: Thank you! I hope you’ll give them a try!

  • tokyoterrace

    jen: Isn’t’ it amazing how you find a cooking method that just speaks to you in so many ways? Roasting brings out the flavors foods possess naturally but intensifies them beautifully. I think that is why I am so fond of this recipe. I love tomatoes on their own, but this makes them decadent!

  • tokyoterrace

    jen: Isn’t’ it amazing how you find a cooking method that just speaks to you in so many ways? Roasting brings out the flavors foods possess naturally but intensifies them beautifully. I think that is why I am so fond of this recipe. I love tomatoes on their own, but this makes them decadent!

  • tokyoterrace

    Hi Cindy! I am surprised that Minnesota tomatoes are not as exciting for you as they are for me. I love them. Maybe I haven’t hit the right season in Tokyo during my search for tomatoes…

    I am really trying to add more photos of my kitchen in my posts. Hopefully more to come very soon! Thanks for the suggestions!

  • tokyoterrace

    Hi Cindy! I am surprised that Minnesota tomatoes are not as exciting for you as they are for me. I love them. Maybe I haven’t hit the right season in Tokyo during my search for tomatoes…

    I am really trying to add more photos of my kitchen in my posts. Hopefully more to come very soon! Thanks for the suggestions!

  • tokyoterrace

    MyLastBite: *blushing* Thanks!

  • tokyoterrace

    WasabiPrime: Maybe we should set them up on a date or something and then throw them a big party when they get married…haha! Thanks for stopping by, as always!!

  • tokyoterrace

    MyLastBite: *blushing* Thanks!

  • tokyoterrace

    WasabiPrime: Maybe we should set them up on a date or something and then throw them a big party when they get married…haha! Thanks for stopping by, as always!!

  • tokyoterrace

    eatlivetravelwrite: I hope you’ll try the recipe next summer! The great thing is that it’s perfect for all seasons. Yummy year round!

  • tokyoterrace

    eatlivetravelwrite: I hope you’ll try the recipe next summer! The great thing is that it’s perfect for all seasons. Yummy year round!

  • tokyoterrace

    Joy: Hello! Thanks for the compliments on the photos- I love photographing tomatoes (nerd alert!) because of their bright color and beautiful shape. Very easy to make beautiful in photos… Thanks for the comment! Look forward to seeing you here again soon!

  • tokyoterrace

    Joy: Hello! Thanks for the compliments on the photos- I love photographing tomatoes (nerd alert!) because of their bright color and beautiful shape. Very easy to make beautiful in photos… Thanks for the comment! Look forward to seeing you here again soon!

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