Roasted Tomatoes with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Pine Nuts is an easy and quick side dish that will compliment just about any entree you pair it with and elevate your meal to gourmet status. Side dishes normally don’t get any respect. It seems like all the love is showered on the entree and sides are just an afterthought or something you add just to fill the plate.
Tomatoes with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Pine Nuts is different. This side dish is not only beautiful and colorful, it is healthy, full of complex flavors and textures, and amazingly delicious! Plus, it’s easy to make, only takes a few ingredients which you probably already have, and comes together in a flash. This recipe calls for plum tomatoes which are sturdy and hold up well, but since we are in the middle of summer and have an abundance of fresh tomatoes you could use pretty much any kind you have available. This recipe was inspired by one in Thyme to Celebrate, a Tallahassee Junior League Cookbook.
In addition to being the perfect side dish, Roasted Tomatoes with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Pine Nuts would make a great light vegetarian lunch dish.
The ingredients for this yummy dish include plum tomatoes, kosher salt and pepper, toasted pine nuts, crumbled tangy feta cheese, cream cheese, kalamata olives, dried oregano and olive oil.
To make Roasted Tomatoes with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Pine Nuts, gather your ingredients and preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Cut the plum or Roma tomatoes in half lengthwise and seed them. (If you use another variety of tomato, especially round ones, cut them in half through the equator. Once the tomato is cut in half, take a small spoon and gently scrape or scoop out the tomato seeds and the center leaving the red fleshy part intact.)
Sprinkle the cut tomatoes with salt and pepper.
Place the tomatoes cut side down on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to catch the juice. Let them drain for about 30 minutes or so.
To toast the pine nuts, saute them in a skillet over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently or until they are golden brown.
Mix the feta cheese, cream cheese, olives, pine nuts and chopped basil in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
Fill each tomato with about 2 Tbsp of the cheese mixture and place in a baking pan which has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil and garnish with the remaining chopped basil. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!
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