Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Bruscetta is one of those things I figured I’d never eat again. And I always loved it. So I was quite happy to find the other day in the frozen foods section, some gluten free ciabatta (with the brand Fria – most of their bread seems pretty good actually). And also some lovely looking colourful cherry tomatoes.

Colourful cherry tomatoes

Serves two as an entree or a light lunch

  • 500g of cherry tomatoes (sounds like a lot for two people but once cooked down there’s not much left of them)
  • a small onion
  • ciabatta (or some other attactive looking bread that toasts well)
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar (watch the sweetness as other some are quite sweet and in that case you’ll end up with chutney – which is lovely but not really what we’re looking for here)
  • salt + pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Halve the cherry tomatoes and squeeze the seeds out of them to leave just flesh (it’s a personal thing but, especially when roasted I think the seeds are bitter and you want the salsa to be drier so removing the moisture helps there).
  3. Finely dice the onion.
  4. Add about 3/4 of the tomatoes (it’s nice to leave some fresh), the onion, a decent helping of salt and freshly milled black pepper to a baking dish/tray and add a touch of olive oil (just to stop them sticking too badly).
  5. Put the tomato mix into the oven and check after 15 minutes or so.
  6. Whilst the tomatoes are baking, toast the bread. It’s a bit nicer to do this in a pan with a touch of olive oil, but the toaster works too if you can’t be bothered.
  7. When the tomatoes look baked, remove them from the oven, add the remaining fresh tomatoes, optionally some balsamic vinager and mix.

    Approximately how the tomatoes should look when they're ready.

  8. Serve the salsa on top of the toast.

The finished article.

The salsa will also keep fine for a couple of days in the fridge if you having for a party (for example with crackers). I served this before for a party and it was pretty good. It’s also easy, and can be prepared ahead of time so pretty much a winner.

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