A delicious roasted tomatoes and feta is a great tomato side dish, especially with winter tomatoes. Nice for the buffet table, too!
This lovely warm tomato bake is all about slow, dry roasting and transforming tomatoes into little bites of rich, tomato-y goodness. This dish is especially nice in Winter, when tomatoes are not at their best. Roasting helps turn even average tomatoes into wonderfully rich flavours.
Smaller cherry tomatoes on the vine would be a great choice in place of these larger ones. Look for different shapes, sizes and colours of small-ish tomatoes, aiming for nothing larger than golf-ball size. Any large tomato will work for the slices.
Feta is such interesting cheese. Despite extended time in the oven, it really doesn’t melt in any way. It remains firm and really just warms. Just remember that feta is very salty, so watch the amount of extra salt you add to the dish. I try to control myself and not add any additional salt until the end and then, only as needed.
This dish is a great weeknight side with chicken or fish. It’s also perfect for a buffet table as it holds its own while it sits and is delicious warm or at room temperature, so no need to worry about keeping this one hot. And finally, this dish is winter perfect, when tomatoes are less than fresh-from-the-field and no where near as flavourful. Roasting can transform them into something wonderful, so there’s no need to pass by them in the store during the winter any more!
Get the Recipe: Warm Roasted Tomatoes and Feta
- 1 medium red or yellow onion
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Variety of small tomatoes, (such as cherry, grape etc. no larger than golf-ball size)
- 2 large tomatoes, cut into thick slices
- 6-7 oz feta cheese, cut into 3/4" thick slices
- leaves Fresh basil, (or 1/2-1 tsp. dried basil)
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- t Salt, for finishing (*feta is salty, so don' salt until the end and only a bit is needed)
- Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C). Cut onion into thin wedges. Place in baking dish or roasting pan and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Roast in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Place feta slices into roasting pan and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Scatter any feta crumbles around the pan. Place a large tomato slice over most of the large rounds of feta. Scatter smaller tomatoes around the pan. Give one final drizzle of olive oil over tomatoes and a bit of freshly ground pepper (if using dried basil, you can add now, as well). Return to the oven and roast another 35-45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then lower the heat and simmer until reduced by half. Set aside.
- Allow to cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves, a bit of salt and drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar. Serve warm.
O.M.G … just made this tonight and it was AMAZING!! We took a risk making it for the first time hosting a big dinner, and it was a huge hit!! Thanks so much for posting this!!
So glad you enjoyed it Michelle. I made it this past weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving, as well!
Delicious! Just made this for dinner and it was a hit. Served with chicken and warm pita bread.
I found your site while searching for a recipe for Chelsea buns. I’m looking forward to trying your bun recipe. The photos look just like the Chelsea buns of my childhood!
So glad you enjoyed it, Tamara and you will love the Chelsea buns! :)
I’m chucking over the ingredient theft. I’m new to blogging but my husband has been known to ask, “are we going to eat that before it gets cold?” While I struggle to get the lighting just right. I usually eat the cold plate and keep his warm. Big baby. Ha ha
Be well, Tracey
Yes, the life of a food blogger (and their families). Funny thing is, I have my kids well trained to check before eating special things in the fridge, but the other adult in the house is apparently a slow learner ;)
this looks and sounds incredible. i think it would actually be perfect for fall, and i absolutely love the balsamic on it. i wonder how it would taste with the substitution of fennel bulb for the onions? i’ve been on a fennel kick lately and i’ve been trying to find more recipes that call for it!
Thanks, and I think fennel would be nice in this, Yelle.
Such a delicious way to enjoy tomatoes in winter! I love feta, too, this sounds so good! Colorful and lovely.
Last night I noticed my husband had been eating the Chex cereal. Totally ok. Except I have been developing a Chex Mix recipe (I know, but I just really love Chex Mix!) and I needed that cereal. At least it’s so easy to buy more ;) I hadn’t left a note so he was free to do so, really! ;)
Thanks Sophie. I love Chex Mix, too. Will watch for that recipe!
Sounds like you might need to use the sticky note solution, too :)
Wow, this looks so delicious! I am going to try it with some of our frozen tomatoes from the garden… anything to bring back that summery flavor!
Thanks Sally. I think this would be great with frozen tomatoes. If you try it, hope you’ll let me know how it was.
I can’t imagine a more beautiful salad! Thanks for the inspiration :) ela
Thanks ela. What a lovely blog you have! Thanks for commenting so I could discover it :)
What a gorgeous, vibrant, colorful salad! I could inhale this right now!
And I love that he “ate the ingredients”. Jason once did the same and I completely freaked out!
Thanks so much, Chung-Ah. Funny thing … my kids quickly learned to ask first. Just having trouble training the husband ;)
What a fantastic dish! I just adore tomatoes and am so going to have to try this. And I’m glad to hear my husband isn’t the only one that eats ingredients before I get a chance to cook them! :)
Thanks Jennifer and I’m glad I’m not alone in the hungry husband department :)
“He ate the ingredients..” What a great line! Glad the dish worked out in the end. I love feta that’s been baked – almost more than not. Great idea for a side-dish!
I think that was the subject line of the email I sent him at work when I discovered his faux pas :) I love feta all ways. It’s such a nice cheese. I love it’s salty ways.
It’s lunch time and oh how I wish I was pulling this salad out of the oven. Gorgeous! (And yes, sticky notes are a must for bloggers ;))
Thanks so much, Laura. I am fully stocked with sticky notes now, too :)