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Roasted Tomato Crostata

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 @Healthy Aperture, 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

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Roasted Tomato Crostata for #tomatolove

Roasted Tomato Crostata

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Upgrade your pizza with this savory summer tart of roasted tomatoes.




  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


Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

Sunday 8th of July 2012

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!

Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

Wednesday 4th of July 2012

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


Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

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.

EA-the spicy rd

Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

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 :-)

Stan Starsky

Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

Hey Deanna...

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


Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

Now that is a brilliant idea - avoid heating up the kitchen! I'm with you - tomatoes + garlic = heaven

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