TomatoLove: Roasted Tomato Crostata

Roasted Tomato Crostata for #tomatolove

Ahhh, July’s FoodLove Bloghop theme is highlighting of one of my favorite foods on earth – the lovely tomato. Probably because I’m part Italian and close to New Jersey, I’m a fanatic. I’m convinced whomever doesn’t like tomatoes just has never had a fresh, in-season, super ripe tomato. In an ideal world, a visit to Italy would be the cure (I’d put olive haters on this trip, too.) But if you don’t have the budget for a jaunt to Europe, I’m thinking these fab recipes from my fellow #tomatolove bloggers may help convince you.

Recently, I’ve been oven roasting tomatoes, which brings out a divine sweetness and smoky flavor. I’ve been going “slow & low” – cooking for about 1 1/2 hours at a low temperature. Despite the time factor, it’s super easy – you basically stick them in a oven and pretty much forget about them.

A crostata (like a galette) is a free-form pie whose dough only partially covers the filling. It doesn’t have to be pretty, in fact the more “rustic” looking, the better in my book. Most of the time, crostatas are filled with fruit like plums, peaches, pears or apples but I decide to go savory and hey, tomatoes ARE a fruit! Besides the time factor for roasting, this is such a simple recipe (especially if you decide to just use store bought puff pastry or pie crust – even though I encourage you to at least try to make it once.)

Roasted Tomato Crostata for #tomatolove

My pal, Regan @ The Professional Palate, recently traveled to Vermont to the King Arthur Flour Blog & Bake event (so jealous!) and picked up many cool baking tips, including how to make a super puff pastry. Now, I consider myself a pretty decent baker but pie crust/pastry dough is one thing I sheepishly admit to buying vs. making. But after reading her post for Blueberry Tartlets, I thought I’d give her pastry making tricks a try for this recipe and they really worked!

I got my tomatoes from our local farmers market where I also scored some lemon thyme – this stuff is POTENT – using a few sprigs is like squeezing lemon juice into your dish. You could pair almost any fresh herb with this recipe, like basil, oregano, rosemary, etc.

Lemon thyme for Roasted Tomato Crostata

Roasted Tomato Crostata

Makes 6 servings



  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Cut tomatoes into 1/8-inch slices. Add to a bowl and toss with olive oil and garlic. Add salt & pepper to taste. Spread out evenly onto baking sheet with lip or baking pans. Roast for 1 hour then set aside.
  2. On a well floured surface. roll dough into a 12-inch circle.
  3. Spread tomatoes onto dough leaving a 2-inch border. Fold edges over (the dough will only partially cover the tomatoes.)
  4. Sprinkle with thyme leaves (and cheese if desired.) Place crostata onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until crust is lightly golden brown.

P.S. I do realize I’m crazy for slow roasting tomatoes and then baking during a heat wave.

So, are you a tomato lover or have yet to see the light?

Roasted Tomato Crostata for #tomatolove

Your hosts for this month’s #TomatoLove:

Badger Girl Learns To Cook | Kimberly | @BdgerGrl
Cheap Ethic Eatz | Cheap Ethic Eatz | @cheapethiceatz
Mis Pensamientos | Junia | @juniakk
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies | TR | @TRCrumbley
Oh Cake | Jess | @jesshose
Pippi’s In the Kitchen Again | Sheila | @shlylais
Rico sin Azucar | Helena | @ricosinazucar
Teaspoon of Spice | Deanna | @tspbasil
That Skinny Chick Can Bake | Liz | @thatskinnychick
You Made That? | Suzanne | @Youmadethatblog
Vegan Yack Attack | Jackie | @VeganYackAttack

Please join in on the #pastalove fun by linking up any tomato recipe from the month of July 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #pastalove event! The twitter hashtag is #tomatolove.


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  1. Oh, yum! The first 3 of us to share the tomato love this morning all were on the same track…and I adore them all. My hubby would have preferred your yummy cooked tomato version over what I made. It looks delish!

  2. What a fantastic crostata, Deanna! simple and so tasty! love the flavour of thyme in vegetables 😉

    Happy #tomatolove!

  3. Oh my, your Roasted tomato crostata looks amazing, I must try it ! Thanks for sharing the Tomatolove with us!

  4. Low & slow cooking – check. Pastry – check. Fresh tomatoes and herbs – check. Yup – you have it all here. When should I come over for dinner? :) This looks so delicious.

  5. Wonderful idea to make a crostata. Tomatoes are one of my favorites too especially the home grown super flavor packed ones.

  6. Ahh, roasted tomatoes! This crostata must be so flavorful with garlic and thyme! And the recipe is so simple :-). Love it! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!

  7. This looks super yummy!!

  8. That looks amazing! I like the idea I haven’t made a crostata before, I love the idea! :) Happy to be co-hosting with you! :)

  9. Hey Deanna…

    That looks great…I might try and roast the tomatoes in a crockpot. I like anything with garlic and tomatoes.

  10. Oh, my goodness, I am a huge tomato lover, and I am about ready to dig a fork in to my computer and eat your crostata! I even have some lemon thyme :-)

  11. Love the rustic look of the crostata, a favorite. And roasting the tomatoes to get the flavors out sounds like a fabulous idea, got to try that.

  12. This looks delicious! I was thinking about making something like this, but yours looks terrific. I can smell it through my screen! :)

  13. deanna, this tomato crostata looks FABULOUS. i love how its naturally vegan too. i would love to make this glutenfree with the roasted tomatoes, yum!

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