A Summer Dish For The Winter: Cherry Tomato Gratin

Cherry Tomato Gratin Recipe

February 20, 2013   15 Comments

Anyone else missing summer? I spend way too much of my time surfing for travel deals to warm places.

The problem with being a healthy food writer in winter is that I am supposed to come up with recipes and I want to be seasonal. Alas, there is only so much I want to do with potatoes, squash, more potatoes, and kale.

I miss tomatoes! I splurged and spent $3 on a package of delicious cherry tomatoes grown in Mexico. I know that some of you out there are preparing to flame me for such a move but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

This is a simple dish and it gives the soft tomatoes a great CRUNCH with the bread crumbs. There is 24% of your daily value of vitamin C, so it might even help you fight off that cold that is coming.

Serve this as a side dish or an appetizer or just eat as a hot salad.

If you are offended by my out of season choice, bookmark the recipe for summer. It will be awesome when local cherry tomatoes start rolling into our markets.

How do you deal with the winter produce blues?

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Cherry Tomato Gratin Recipe

Makes 4 side dish servings, ½ cup each

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ cup Panko bread crumbs (or any bread crumbs you have)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil

Heat oven to 400 F. Mix tomatoes, thyme, and one teaspoon of olive oil in a bread loaf pan. Mix bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, salt, and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a small bowl. Spread bread crumb mixture over tomatoes and roast in oven for 25 minutes until bread crumbs are browned.

Serve warm or hot.

98 calories, 4.4 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 13.0 g carbohydrates, 2.8 g sugar, 2.6 g protein, 1.7 g fiber, 150 mg sodium, 3 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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This looks great, also reminded me that I need to get Panko crumbs. Thanks

on February 20, 2013

I'm going to try this as an appetizer on toasted pita wedges. My local independent market has Florida-grown grape tomatoes for $1.50 per pint and the big chain supermarket has California-grown grape tomatoes for $.99 per pint.

on February 20, 2013

Isn't it amazing how cherry tomatoes keep their summer flavor all year long, while the big ones only taste tomato-y during the summer? Love cherry tomatoes. :)

on February 20, 2013

This sounds like a great snack to try. CJ Walsh.... Pita wedges sounds like the perfect addition to the recipe... Thank you both, Snack girl and CJ! I hope that you don't mind that I'm borrowing the add-on idea.... :)

on February 20, 2013

I'm not going to flame you, snack girl. Sometimes you just need tomatoes. I've been buying cherry tomatoes at the supermarket too...better than buying cookies. This recipe looks great!

on February 20, 2013

Ooooooooo yeah! I've got maybe half a pint. They will be sacrificed for this!

on February 20, 2013

I adore tomatoes and even in the winter months try to keep them in my fridge at all times! Thank you for this recipe so that I can change it up. Looking forward to trying it.


on February 20, 2013

Cannot wait to make this for my mother! This is just the kind of thing she will ADORE at our next get together

on February 20, 2013

I can never get enough tomatoes! But winter ones leave me flat. I make a very similar recipe as yours here but I use stewed tomatoes in the winter. Now I've craving this dish! I always keep a bag of home-made seasoned breadcrumbs in the freezer [bread, parsley, garlic, parm] to speed up many recipes so this will be on tonight's menu. Thanks for the comfort food inspiration, SG!

on February 20, 2013

I'm making this tonight with grape tomatoes.

on February 20, 2013

How to slice cherry tomatoes:


on February 20, 2013

Okay, I soooooo understand what you are saying! I try to do the seasonal thing but I sooooooo crave tomatoes! I am a definite 'mater eater! Almost daily! I should learn to can too! But I will go ahead and make this dish! Because I too cheat and buy tomatoes all winter! Hey will will do it together! Rebels!

on February 20, 2013

Have to make this. Its amazing!!!

on February 21, 2013

My thing about eating "seasonally" is that it doesn't really matter unless you're able to get local produce. Most of the kale I see in the store comes from California like everything else, so I'd love for someone to explain why it matters if I eat kale or tomatoes. I think where it really matters is with tropical fruits, where if you can get fair trade, sure, that's important - because a lot of that stuff is harvested by literal slaves (especially bananas). But kale vs tomatoes in winter? Aside from kale being a superfood and store tomatoes being blech unless cooked, I don't see how it even matters.

on February 21, 2013

I'm going to give your recipe a try. This past week, I've been loving this snack:
To. Die. For.

on March 11, 2013

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