Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

You probably know by now that I’m all about simplicity, and never more so than in the summer! When produce is at it’s peak, it tastes amazing all by itself, so I’ve been guilty of eating tomatoes plain right off the vine all summer long. But… last weekend we went to this phenomenal Italian restaurant in Calgary (it’s called Mercato if you’re in the area), and they had semi-dried tomatoes in several dishes. If you haven’t had semi-dried tomatoes yet, well… they’re the best thing since sun-dried tomatoes – wait… they’re even better!

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Semi-dried tomatoes are still moist enough not to be chewy like sun-dried tomatoes, and they retain some of their fresh flavor somehow. They’re a burst of revelatory flavor that’s best tasted because there-are-no-words! These roasted tomatoes I have for you today are somewhere between fresh from the vine and semi-dried – they’re juicy, incredibly flavorful, and super quick to make. Not only that, but they double as a sauce for pasta or a topping for risotto! One of these days, I’m going to try my hand at actual semi-dried tomatoes because I think they would be an ideal way to preserve the summer bliss!

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

The key to this recipe is quality tomatoes – fresh from the vine, or from a local farmer’s market. If you can, try to find cherry tomatoes that aren’t hydroponic – the flavor just doesn’t compare! I used a mix of Yellow Pear, Sungolds, and Sweet 100’s.

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

I cut the garlic into thin slices to perfume the dish rather than the sometimes overwhelming punch you get from minced garlic. For the rosemary roughly chopped is fine – some small pieces mixed in with some bigger ones.

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Toss the clean tomatoes together with the garlic slices, chopped rosemary, sea salt, and olive oil – I toss mine together right in the baking dish because I hate doing any extra dishes!

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday! Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

The cherry tomatoes get roasted just until they burst – they’re heady with flavor and fabulous with just about anything! I even used them one night as a sauce with Eggplant Parmesan, (recipe coming soon) – it was a nice flavor change having the rosemary in there instead of the usual basil!

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, I used yellow pear, sungolds, and sweet 100's
  • ¼ Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Teaspoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. Wash and de-stem the cherry tomatoes.
  3. In a 9" pie plate, toss the cherry tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Place in the oven and roast for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes just begin to spilt.
  5. Enjoy hot, warm, or cold out of the fridge!

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4 Comments on “Rosemary Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes”

  1. Kari I just think we must share some taste buds because every recipe you post uses ingredients that I just love love love. You managed to combine my 3 favorite ingredients of all time, cherry tomatoes, garlic and rosemary (my first love always!!!) What a great way to use up the last of my cherries in an enjoyable and awesome way. And I actually have sungold cherry tomatoes, planted them for the first time this year! I just love the red and yellow combo, don’t you just love eating and devouring pretty and nutritious food? Who need additives for color, bleh!

    1. Produce from the garden is always so vibrant you’d never need to add color – it sometimes even looks fake in comparison to grocery store produce! I’m totally crazy about sungolds – I made an easy tomato salad of them last night with basil, sea salt, and a drizzle of reduced balsamic and olive oil – so good!

  2. Semi-dried tomatoes are, hands down, one of the best things ever. I think I even prefer them to regular sun-dried tomatoes. Not as chewy and gluey and they retain a bit of crunch that I do find quite enjoyable.

    BTW loving these roasted tomatoes, an easy, quick but delicious recipe!

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