We tried to grow tomatoes in our garden this year and thought we had failed miserably. This summer was one of the hottest I ever remember in Seattle, and our plants were wilting and suffering despite our best efforts to give them enough water and shade. However, this September once things had a second to cool off a bit, our tomato plants returned to life!
What a nice surprise this was, and let me tell you how delicious these tomatoes are too. My husband swears he can never buy a tomato from a store again… which I think will be hard seeing that we don’t have the greenest thumbs, but we can sure enjoy these while we have them!
In our house we eat vegetarian a few times a week, especially always on Mondays (hence my “Meatless Mondays” posts I try to share regularly if you are a follower). I had to come up with a beautiful recipe for these delicious ripe tomatoes, and they have SO MUCH FLAVOR that I thought they would do well as the centerpiece of a vegetarian dish where they could truly shine!
There are a lot of flavors in this, but all ones that mesh well together… balsamic, olive oil, rosemary, garlic… my staples 🙂 So that they don’t come off as overwhelming, I thought that spreading goat cheese on the toast first would be a nice touch to add some substance and some subtle creamy flavor.
- 4 regular size tomatoes, diced
- 1 loaf of crusty bread (like Como), sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 ounces plain goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Start by turning your sliced bread into croutons. I did this by lightly buttering each side of the bread, then toasting them in a pan until they firm up and turn slightly golden. If I was having a lazy day I suppose I would have just toasted them in a toaster, but I think they turn out almost too crunchy that way.
Dice your tomatoes, and place them in a medium bowl. Add your olive oil, garlic and salt. Set aside.
Take your toasts, and spread a layer of goat cheese, then spoon on a few tablespoons (however much you want) of the tomato mixture. Continue to do this until all your toasts have been topped!
Sprinkle a small amount of the chopped rosemary over each of the toasts… just enough to add a little color and flavor.
Last, drizzle a little balsamic over the tomato mixture on each of the toasts. I felt the balsamic was coming out of my bottle a little too fast, so I would pour it into a spoon and drizzle over my tomato toasts from there.
If you wanted to make these party-sized, you could instead use a thin baguette to make your croutons and create bite-sized toasts instead.
I hope you enjoy!
X.O. – Abbey Co.
8 Replies to “Balsamic & Tomato Toasts with Goat Cheese Spread”
What a delicious idea! I really want to grow a few of my own plants, but I’m terrible at gardening!xx
I have to admit I made such similar crostini for friends this summer, and it was a great party snack 🙂
I love that you grow tomatoes and this meal looks delicious. I would replace the dairy but look for an alternative and make. x
I think the tomatoes and olive oil would be lovely on their own… or you could add some kind of basil pesto.
Yum! Looking forward to trying this!
It is extra delicious with fresh tomatoes 😋
This looks so yummy, I’m totally craving this right now!