How to Grill Tomatoes
Grilled tomatoes are a delicious addition to any menu. They add tartness and flavor to breakfast fry-ups, summer salads, pasta extravaganzas, and more. Grilled tomatoes are quick and easy to make and can really spice up an ordinary dish. Added to their deliciousness, is their amazing health-factor and we love a recipe that is both tasty and wholesome! Here are some of our best ways to grill tomatoes.
The Basic Grilled Tomato
Whether you grow your own, get them from the local farmers market, or purchase them from your local store, nothing beats a fresh tomato. If your tomatoes are fresh, then the trick in grilling them is truly a ‘less is more’ approach.
What you will need:
- Firm yet ripe tomatoes (number will vary depending on how many guests you have. As a rule of thumb, 1 tomato per person)
- Olive oil
- Salt (Kosher salt is best)
- Ground black pepper
- Basil leaves for added flavor and garnish
What you need to do:
- Cut your tomatoes in half and remove the watery seeds. This will have a pulp-like consistency and can make your grilled tomatoes soggy if left unattended. You can gently remove the seeds with your fingers, and it is best to do this over a bowl or the sink.
- Once your tomatoes have been de-seeded you can pre-heat your grill and brush the grill plate with olive oil. Then place your tomatoes, cut side down on your grilling tray.
- Brush the sides of your tomatoes with olive oil and season them with a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Pop them in the grill for about 4 to 5 minutes but check after 2 minutes to see how they are doing.
- Once cooked (they should seem a little shrunken and soft) take them out the grill and season with a pinch more salt and pepper and some thinly cut basil leaves. You can also drizzle some fresh olive on top of them for added deliciousness.
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Once you’ve got the hang of grilling slicing tomatoes, you can expand your repertoire to include cherry tomatoes and other ingredient additions. One of our best recipes is grilled cherry tomatoes with garlic.
You will need:
- 2 10 oz punnets of cherry tomatoes
- 6 diced garlic cloves
- Olive oil (2-3 tablespoons)
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
What to do:
- Before preparation, preheat your oven. 375 degrees F should do the trick.
- Slice your tomatoes in half and in a mixing bowl combine the tomatoes, olive oil, finely diced garlic, salt, and pepper. Give them a good mix with your hands and ensure that the olive oil is evenly distributed on all the tomatoes. You can add a drizzle more as needed.
- Once mixed, pop them onto a baking tray or sheet and cook for 20 – 25 minutes. Check on them every now and then and give them a stir if needed.
- Once their delightful fragrance is wafting through your kitchen and they are tender to the touch, they are ready.
- You can eat them on their own, or with freshly baked bread or pasta. You can also add them to your pizza or as a side with any meat dish. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these tasty tomatoes.
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Grilled Tomatoes with Cheese
If you want a truly tasty, melt-in-your-mouth kind of dish, you might want to opt for grilled tomatoes with cheese. Mozzarella is our favorite cheese topping for grilled tomatoes, but you can easily substitute this with cheddar, gouda or another hard cheese. If you are feeling adventurous you could even use blue cheese or goats’ cheese. Whatever your cheesy preference, you can add a cheese topping to your grilled tomatoes for extra decadence and flavor.
You will need:
- Plum tomatoes, sliced in half
- Olive oil
- Cheese of choice, grated or crumbled
- Kosher salt
- Crushed black pepper
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What to do:
- Heat your grill and while it’s warming up cut your tomatoes in half. Drizzle oil on the pan and this time put the cut sides of the tomato facing upwards.
- Drizzle or brush the tomatoes with olive oil and some salt and pepper to taste and then add your cheese of choice. Once you have put the cheese on top you can add some dried Italian herbs, or you can opt to add some fresh herbs later.
- Once the grill is heated, pop your tomato and cheese parcels of deliciousness into the oven for 10 to12 minutes. When the cheese has melted and your tomatoes are cooked through, you’re ready! Some people like the cheese to get extra crispy, in this case, you can leave the tomatoes in the oven for a bit longer.
- Enjoy your delicious grilled tomatoes with cheese on their own, use them as a topper for fresh ciabatta, add them to a salad, or mix in a pasta dish. This treat is high in protein, fat, and the goodness of tomatoes.
Whatever way you choose to eat your tomatoes, be it grilled, fresh, fried, or in a sauce, they have an array of amazing health benefits. They are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals and thus a great addition to any diet. Some of our favorites vitamin benefits include:
- Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity and supports optimal cell health by fighting against the oxidization process (which can cause disease.)
- Vitamin K1: Prevents the clotting of blood and supports healthy bones.
- Potassium: Helps to regulate healthy blood pressure
- Folate: Supports healthy tissue growth and optimal cell function.
Thus, tomatoes are a great pick for any diet and grilled tomatoes are a particularly delicious way to add them into your diet.