Tag Archives: roasted tomatoes

Italian Flank Steak with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

In this delicious recipe, Italian seasoned flank steak is cooked in a cast iron skillet or sous vide, then topped with balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes!

In this delicious recipe, Italian seasoned flank steak is cooked in a cast iron skillet or sous vide, then topped with balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes.

This is one of those recipes that I’ve been planning to make for months, yet never seemed to get around to, and now that I did, I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to make it!

In my world, balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes on anything and everything is a win, ok maybe not pancakes, but maybe if I made savory herb pancakes, I think I’m on to something! Anyway, I digress, basically what I’m saying here is balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes are BAE… Before Anyone Else for those of us who literally had to google what BAE meant in the very recent past 😉

Balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes literally burst open with flavor on top of anything from Turkey Polenta Casseroles to Bruschetta to Pesto Salmon!

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Caprese Spaghetti Squash

Gluten Free Caprese Spaghetti Squash

It’s gluten free, it’s vegetarian, it’s my new favorite “Meatless Monday” fall recipe!

Spaghetti squash combined with a caprese salad, what’s not to love?!

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Roasted Corn and Tomato Risotto

Roasted Tomato and Corn Risotto

One of my new favorite things is my “Farmers Market Recipe of the Week”, while I’ve always been a big fan of the Farmers Market, I usually just pick up ingredients I need for already planned recipes.

Lately, I always try to pick up a couple of “random” items then turn them into a new recipe for Little Leopard Book. This helps me think outside of the box and come up with something that’s fresh, local & seasonal!

The Farmers Market Beet and Burrata Tart was my first go at the “Farmers Market Recipe of the Week” and it was a huge hit (with me and on LLB!)

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Roasted Tomato Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Roasted Blueberry Tomato Quinoa Salad

As a food blogger, whenever a holiday rolls around, you have one goal in mind, come up with something that’s festive, delicious, hasn’t already been done and for me, something that doesn’t involve just throwing food dye in everything to make it color coordinate to the holiday.

Last week I shared my recipe for Gluten Free Dessert Cups that are naturally red, white and blue, and perfect for the 4th of July, but I still kept the holiday in the back of my mind over the last week to see if any more brilliant ideas would hit me.

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Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet

Roasted Tomato and Kale Polenta Skillet

The three most commonly asked questions I get asked as a professional food blogger:

  1. How do you make money?
  2. What’s your favorite recipe?
  3. How do you keep coming up with new recipes?

To answer these questions:

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Roasted Tomato Bolognese Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Tomato Bolognese

The amazing comfort of pasta, combined with the amazing flavor of roasted tomatoes makes for one happy tummy!

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Tomato Basil Dip

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Dip

We’re right in the middle of football season, which is the perfect time of the year to serve up a delicious new dip recipe!

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Mini Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Mini Polenta Pizzas

Going “Glutenless in August” has also left me “Pizza-less in August”!

Since we’ve already established my obsession with pizza (see: Prosciutto Arugula Thin Crust Pizza, Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza and Roasted Vegetable Vegan Pizza, to name a few) you can see how this could be a problem for me!

Gluten Free Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Last week I was really craving pizza so I did what any good food blogger would do, I placed all of the delicious components of pizza on top of polenta in little ramekins to form mini polenta pizzas!

Sun Dried Tomato Mini Polenta Pizzas

While the texture isn’t the same as traditional pizza, the flavor sure is!

As I dug my fork into one of these little pizza delights, the pesto seeped into the creamy polenta, giving it amazing flavor, while the roasted tomatoes give it a burst of freshness, topped with creamy mozzarella and crispy bacon, this dish is packed with so many amazing flavors, it was really hard to put my fork down!

Mini Polenta Pizza Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 18 oz polenta
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 400°.  Place the tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet covered with foil bent into a basket shape.  Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, then top with the black pepper and fresh basil.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta Recipe

Place into the oven for 25 minutes.

While the tomatoes are roasting, cook the bacon until crispy.

Place the polenta in the bottom of 6 soufflé ramekins.

Gluten Free Mini Polenta Pizzas

Top with the pesto.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Polenta Pizzas

Then the roasted tomatoes and garlic.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Polenta Pizzas

Add the mozzarella cheese.

Mini Roasted Tomato Mozzarella Pizzas

Top with the crispy bacon.

Individual Tomato Bacon Polenta Pizzas

Place into the 400° oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Individual Gluten Free Polenta Pizzas

Top with the sun dried tomatoes and garnish with additional basil.

Sun Dried Tomato Basil Bacon Polenta Pizzas

Sometimes a random craving will lead to a beautiful new discovery. This dish is definitely one delightful discovery!

Sun Dried Tomato Mozzarella Polenta Pizzas

I ate two of these for dinner, but one would be great as a starter or hors d’oeuvre at a dinner party!

The presentation is beautiful and they look as if they’re “high maintenance pies” but really they’re very quick and easy to prepare!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mini Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 mini pizzas

Mini Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 18 oz polenta
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Place the tomatoes and garlic on a baking sheet covered with foil bent into a basket shape.
  3. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar, then top with the black pepper and fresh basil.
  4. Place into the oven for 25 minutes.
  5. While the tomatoes are roasting, cook the bacon until crispy.
  6. Place the polenta in the bottom of 6 soufflé ramekins.
  7. Top with the pesto, roasted tomatoes and garlic.
  8. Add the mozzarella cheese, then the crispy bacon.
  9. Place into the 400° oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  10. Top with the sun dried tomatoes and garnish with additional basil.
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Roasted Vegetable Vegan Pizza

So excited because today marks the first day of “Meatless May”!!!  Yes, the next 31 days are dedicated to all my veggie lovers, vegans and vegetarians looking for some new yummy recipes minus the meat!

Part of my inspiration for this month was the fact that my roommate recently decided to “go vegan” so I found myself attempting to make recipes for him!  I thought it was downright impossible at first, no butter, no eggs, no milk, no CHEESE, heaven forbid!  But it has actually become a fun challenge to create something flavorful and filling without all these ingredients!

Not all the recipes this month will be vegan (I can’t go a whole month without cheese, come on people!) but I will include a few in hopes that you all will embrace them and see how delicious vegan can be!

Never fear my carnivorous friends, while I usually post a “vegetarian option” at the bottom of each post, this month I’ll post an “add the meat” option for each recipe as not to exclude any of my meat lovers!

This first recipe is my favorite vegan dish so far!  Someone once said:  “Pizza is a lot like sex. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.” Pretty much true, some pizza is amazing, some is really good and some is pretty good and that’s all, there’s just no such thing as bad pizza!

Ingredients (makes 1 pizza – serves 2)

  • 1 large tomato (sliced)
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (divided)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (sliced)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough

Start by roasting the tomatoes and garlic. Line a baking sheet with foil and place tomatoes evenly in rows with cloves of garlic in between. Drizzle 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar on top.  Next sprinkle italian seasoning and black pepper evenly, then top with strips of basil.

Roast at 425° for 40 minutes.

Now it’s time to caramelize the onions.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet, then add the sliced onions.

Once onions become transparent add 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.

Cook down until all liquid is absorbed and onions are a golden brown color.

Once cooked completely set to the side.  Now remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven.

Set to the side and prepare the phyllo crust. You want to make sure all of your ingredients are ready to go before you make the crust so that the phyllo dough does not dry out.

Lay the 10 sheets on top of each other and fold in half.  One at a time fold down the sheets of dough.

Brush (or spray) each layer with olive oil.  I chose the spray method for a faster process which is less likely to dry out the dough.

Repeat until all layers except the top have been coated then repeat on the other half. Finally coat the top and fold edges in to make the crust.

Once all edges are folded in spray or brush the crust with olive oil.

Start by topping with the caramelized onions.

Next, top with the roasted tomatoes and garlic.

Place into the 425° oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is brown and crispy.

Cut into square slices and serve!

This pizza is packed with flavor, light and crispy!

♣ “Add the Meat” Option: Cooked Pepperoni, Italian Sausage or Canadian Bacon could be added between the onions and tomatoes for meat lovers!