Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto and a GIVEAWAY!!!

by Food Hound on April 12, 2011

in Sides

Like baseball, grilling season has begun.

And like the Red Sox, I came out of the box with an epic failure. However, unlike the Red Sox I managed to not have six failures in a row. I call those short ribs a win.
Looks like the entire Red Sox lineup finally got it together, and I’m guessing it’s because they are all avid Food Hound fans and went right home to make those ribs. They have a tendency to bring out the best in people. But back to my epic failure…
I put some nice, juicy, grass-fed (always!) burgers on the grill. Oh, my did they look good when I flipped them. Perfect grill marks, nice and plump shape… we were in for a treat.
Except that we weren’t because upon shutting the lid to the grill, they literally combusted into flames. What I ended up with were two nearly inedible black hockey pucks. I’m not even sure the Doberhound would have eaten them. You could have put them on her black fur and been unable to tell they were there. Dinner was charred, not unlike the Red Sox pitchers.
Luckily I hit a walk-off home run with my side dish πŸ™‚
I wanted something equally as summery to usher in Opening Day. When you want something summery, the answer is always pesto! I chose to make Pesto-Roasted Tomatoes. All of the sudden, we really didn’t miss the burgers.

I know it’s not really tomato season yet, but you roast these babies and can therefore use the pale, crap-tastic winter tomatoes that are still in the grocery store. Hey, I like to eat as seasonally as the next Hound, but sometimes a girl has to have a juicy tomato. Roasting them concentrates the flavors and makes them delicious. And the pesto? I have a huge bag of frozen pesto cubes from my pesto festo last summer. If you weren’t quite as judicious with your pesto provisions over the winter, I’m sure store-bought would suffice. But do yourself a favor and make and freeze extra next year. Once you take one bites of these luscious tomatoes, you’ll be soooo glad you did.
And now, to further celebrate Opening Day for Grilling Season, I am announcing my first giveaway!!

I picked up a bag of Smoked Peppercorns and Coconut Oolong Tea at The Spice and Tea Exchange in Asheville for one lucky Food Hound lover. This store rivals Penzey’s in their selection and quality of spices and blends, and they have a lovely selection of teas. If you live near one, get there! If not, let me send you some treats! The Smoked Peppercorns? Perfect for grilling meat. The tea? Perfect for chilling while your cabana boy (or girl) rubs sunscreen on your back.
There are three ways to enter: leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter @thefoodhound, or like The Food Hound on Facebook. Leave a separate comment for each for a total of three chances to win! If you’re not a food blogger or have your contact information in your profile, please leave me your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win! If you win and I don’t have your contact info, I’ll have to pick another winner, booo. This contest will close at 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, April 14th, so get in while you can!!
Go Sox!!
Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
Serves 6
2-2 1/2 lbs large red tomatoes (best NOT to use heirlooms here- they’ll get mushy)
3 T good olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
1/2 c pesto, store-bought or homemade
1/2 c freshly-grated Parmesan cheese (the good stuff πŸ™‚
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Core the tomatoes, then slice them across in 1/2″ slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and sprinkle with oregano, 1 tsp salt, and pepper.
3. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, spread each slice with pesto, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Return the tomatoes to the oven and continue baking for 7-10 minutes, until the Parmesan is melted and begins to brown. Using a flat metal spatula, put the tomatoes on a serving platter, sprinkle with extra salt (to taste) and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen April 12, 2011 at 1:16 am

Aw…your poor burgers!!! Nice save with these tomatoes though. They sound fantastic. We frequently get our tomato fix during winter by stuffing and grilling those less than ripe tomatoes. I’m sure these would hit the spot too!

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eatliveblog.com April 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

Do you know why the burgers charred like that? So odd. The tomatoes look amazing though. The last couple of weeks I have been so tempted to dive into the meh winter tomatoes…haven’t taken the leap though!

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eatliveblog.com April 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

Of course I follow you on Twitter πŸ™‚

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eatliveblog.com April 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

And I like you on Facebook!

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Bo April 12, 2011 at 2:18 am

Too bad about the burgers, but the tomatoes sure sound good.

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Bo April 12, 2011 at 2:19 am

I like you on FB!

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Foodness Gracious April 12, 2011 at 4:58 am

Nice job!! Liked you on the FB…

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Marie April 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

Fabulous looking pictures food hound! Store bought or not, those tomatoes look gorgeous! Am loving the sound of smoked peppercorns. I have never seen them anywhere that I have been but will have to keep an eye out! We don’t have a Penzey’s over here, but I am sure I might be able to find some somewhere! That tea sounds fab as well. Who’d a thunk, coconut tea. Sounds wonderful! xxoo

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Jess April 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

Mm, I just had some lovely grassfed burgers myself – something about my parents feeling the need to feed me Jess-approved beef everytime I’m home. I certainly don’t complain. But although I’m sorry to hear about your grill’s evil plans for your burgers, those tomatoes look delicious! And now I’m picturing the two together, a beautiful grassfed burger topped with these roasted tomatoes and pesto…hmmm….

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The Modern Gal April 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I don’t like your team, but I enjoy your baseball analogies.

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Design Wine and Dine April 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Woo Hoo, I want a chance to win! You know…I love you on fb, follow you on twitter and follow your blog but I just felt like saying it…

Don’t feel bad about the burgers…I always make my husband grill ours because I have done the same thing..black on the outside raw in the middle…yum…nope.

I love your tomatoes with pesto – beautiful, delicious, spring/summer food!!!

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Franci April 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I love your blog! Glad I found it! πŸ™‚

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Rita April 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

These look amazing and something I know we would love. We just bought a new BBQ and anxious to try it out; now I will really be nervous.
Rita

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Angela April 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

Yum! These look great. I am also very excited about baseball season. I can’t claim a team, though. Dad is for the Cardinals, hubby is for the Giants, father-in-law is for the Braves. I remain neutral. I am the Switzerland of baseball fans.

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Joanne April 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

If there’s anything in this world that tastes like summer, pesto is for sure it. I could be eating it in 0 degree weather and I’m pretty sure I would feel compelled to put on some sunscreen.

So glad the side dish was a hit! (And I love the Red Sox…even if they’re not doing so hot this season. It’s still early. I have faith.)

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Katerina April 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Very simple and very tasty, great appetizer!

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Mary April 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Pesto and tomatoes scream summer to me. I love both andyour tomatoes sound wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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France Morissette April 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I guess the burgers just weren’t meant to be. Besides, who doesn’t love grilled tomatoes!

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Tammy April 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I can totally empathize with you on the burgers- I absolutely hate when I over anticipate something & then somehow it goes terribly wrong!! Oh well- brava on the tomatoes though! I must say, they sound and look really wonderful!
xx,
Tammy

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Tammy April 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I’m now following you on Twitter! πŸ™‚

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Judy April 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Love the roasted pesto tomatoes and I freeze my pesto so I have it all year, like you. I make three different kinds. My sister lives in Knoxville and my son and DIL live near Asheville. In fact we’ll be visiting them in a few weeks. Small world.

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Judy April 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Oh, PS, you can find the Dove peanut toffee crunch in any Wal-Mart in their candy section. They come individually wrapped and are so so good, great in cookies or muffins.

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ikkinlala April 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Too bad about the burgers! We’ve found out that we need a new grill this year, but luckily for us we didn’t find out that way.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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Lara @ GoodCookDoris April 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Always good to be quick on your feet with a backup! Happy baseball season πŸ™‚

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Lara @ GoodCookDoris April 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I follow on twitter!

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Chris April 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

You would probably love a set of http://www.grillgrate.com. They prevent flare ups like that and give me the prettiest, juiciest burgers ever. I’ll be doing a post about them in the next week or so.

Glad that the pesto ‘maters worked out. You cracked me up calling winter tomatoes crap-tastic. I hate those things yet still buy them because I want tomatoes so badly.

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Nutmeg Nanny April 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I’m late for the giveaway (boo) but I’m glad to hear you are a Red Sox fan…that makes me happy πŸ™‚

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