This recipe is all about enjoying the intense earthy deliciousness of roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic. The mushrooms have a strong savory, almost meaty flavor, that complements the delicate sweetness of the tomatoes. The roasted garlic is mellow and buttery. Slivered red onion and Kalamata olives add a counterpoint of salt and spice.
I adore recipes like this, where you take simple fresh ingredients, cook them to bring out their best, and serve them in a big tempting heap that everyone can't wait to dig into.
Great if you can find perfectly ripe tomatoes. But even if the tomatoes are not at their peak, the roasting process will bring out their sweetest and best.
Crimini mushrooms shrink and intensify in flavor when they are roasted. Roll them in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before cooking.
Thinly sliced red onion and slivered Kalamata olives are added at the end, while the roasting pan is still hot. They soften slightly and all the flavors meld, as they are mixed through.
When the tomatoes and mushrooms come out of the oven, toss them with the onions and olives immediately so the onions soften from the heat of the vegetables, and all the flavors meld.
You can use any firm fresh bread, but I like Ciabatta best for grilling.
I make this a lot in the summer when I'm entertaining. And I often bring it to a friend's house when I'm in charge of appetizers - it's always a huge hit.
MORE EXCEPTIONAL ROASTED VEGETABLE RECIPES FROM PANNING THE GLOBE:
- Roasted Cauliflower Potatoes and Chickpeas with Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette
- Roasted Vegetable Antipasto
- Roasted Eggplant Dip
- Roasted Squash Stuffed with Roasted Vegetables
Try sitting around the table with family or friends on a beautiful summer evening, with a platter of roasted tomatoes and mushrooms and grilled bread and a glass of wine. It's something I enjoy and I hope you will too. Happy first day of summer tomorrow!
Here's the recipe for Roasted Tomatoes and Onions with Grilled Bread. If you try this recipe I hope you'll come back to leave a rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print