Sliced tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, thyme, and fontina cheese.

That’s all you need to create the skillet full of deliciousness you see here.

These roasted tomatoes with fontina and thyme were inspired by this baked fontina dish over at Leite’s Culinaria. I loved the idea of a fondue-like snack without any hassle, and I thought roasting some heirloom tomatoes from my garden before adding the cheese would be a good idea.

It’s so fun to be right ;)

I didn’t pull out the measuring cups or spoons to make this one, folks. I’ve no idea how many tomatoes are in here, but you need enough to fill a cast-iron skillet. I grow all different kinds of tomatoes and it was raining pretty hard yesterday, so I just ran around the garden and plucked the best looking ones- some teeny tiny sungolds, some sexy yellow pears, some funky Cherokee Purples…


Organic heirlooms are my suggestion, but if you can’t get those, then just use the best local ones you can find. Slice them up and place in one layer in your skillet (a round baking dish or pie pan could be used instead, if you like), add some sliced garlic (I used 3 or 4 cloves), some fresh thyme leaves (from 2-3 sprigs), and drizzle with some olive oil (I am pretty liberal with my drizzles). Lastly, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, top with a few fresh black pepper grinds, and place in a preheated 425 degree F. oven for about 20 minutes.

When the tomatoes are looking slightly shriveled and are starting to brown, take the skillet out and arrange your cubed fontina cheese (David Leite says to make sure to use Italian fontina for proper melting) around the tomatoes. I hate to say this but I don’t know exactly how much cheese I used. About a cup, I would say. Use lots if you want the cheese to be the star; use the cheese sparingly if you’re just looking for a decadent way to accent the tomatoes. Pop it back in the oven.

After 3? 4? 5? minutes, the dish will be ready. In all in it’s bubbling glory. Add a little more fresh thyme, if you like. Because it’s pretty. And tasty.

I served it right away (make sure to warn everyone, especially children, that the pan is very hot) with garlic bruschetta crackers. Your favorite baguette (or gluten-free bread, if that’s your bag) would also make a great “dipper”.

It disappeared quickly.

Like, elbow your child to get them out of the way so you can get more, quickly.

I can’t wait to make it again.

More Tomato Love:
Grits with Corn, Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomatoes from The Kitchn
Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad by White on Rice Couple
Heirloom Tomato, Rice, and Almond Tart from Canelle et Vanille
Summertime Tomato Sandwich from Nutmeg Nanny
Roasted Tomato Soup from Sprouted Kitchen
Simple Slow Roasted Tomatoes from Eat. Live. Travel. Write.


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    merry jennifer — August 7, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Oh, my heaven. This looks amazing, Winnie.

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    Cathy Vogt — August 7, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    That does look delicious! I just picked up an amazing array of heirloom tomatoes, (for those of you who don’t have a garden) at the New Paltz farmers market this morning…now is the time to enjoy them. The tomatos are abundant this year!

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    Elissa — August 7, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    YUMMY! Can’t wait to try this one :)

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    Cate — August 7, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    This looks so simple and delicious! I don’t use enough fontina

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    Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry — August 7, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    OH man… seriously about the elbowing your child outta the way part. I could eat this whole pan by myself, I am sure of it.

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    Kelly — August 7, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Oh, these colourful roasted tomatoes with molten cheese look so beautiful… I love the addition of thyme – what a nice touch!

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    Sea — August 7, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    That does look good! I have some of those same little yellow pear (?) heirlooms turning ripe on the vine in my garden right now… Will have to look into the cheese idea!


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    Oui, Chef — August 8, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    Brilliant, gorgeous and simple. I can’t wait to try a dish like this myself when my tomatoes are a bit further along. Great photos too, Winnie. – S

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    The Dinner Belle for — August 8, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Great way to use summer tomatoes! I might add a crust to serve as a tart. Also to bring out the tomato flavor: place sliced tomatoes in a colander and add salt (more than you think). Let them sit for about 20 minutes. The salt will draw out water and concentrate the sweet tomato flavor. Then do not wash the tomatoes-just add to recipe or create a salsa, pasta sauce & more! A little tip I learned from Jamie Oliver.

    The Dinner Belle for

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    Heather Jacobsen — August 8, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    ooo. fontina…. i miss eating cheese, especially a flavorful, melty one like fontina. maybe one day, again. this dish looks irresistible.

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    Georgia Pellegrini — August 8, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    I’m so happy that heirloom tomato season is upon us, there is nothing more beautiful on a plate in my opinion. Love how simple this dish is too!

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    Lynda - TasteFood — August 8, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I love anything tomato and anything with melted cheese, so this recipe is perfect.

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    Jeanette — August 8, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    What a pan of deliciousness – sometimes the most simple recipes or non-recipes are the best.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 8, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    This looks great! It looks like the perfect dip…yum! Thanks for linking my tomato sandwich :)

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — August 9, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    What a great way to use those delicious tomatoes! :-) Delicious!

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    joey — August 10, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    This looks amazingly delicious! This must be made soon! (cast iron skillet must also be bought soon!)

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — August 17, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    What a great way to enjoy some tomatoes!

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    Dale — August 19, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    This was delicious.

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    Winnie, I am loving these tomatoes…as a full meal.

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    When I first saw the pic for this, I thought of mussels. I think this can be tweaked for mussels and replace the thyme for rosemary….not sure if the feta would still work, but still…..

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