cherry tomato vinaigrette and gorgonzola bruschetta

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Author Notes: Inspired by Bon Appetite's recipe, in addition, the cherry tomatoes are quick roasted so the skin can be peeled, and "dyed" in turmeric oil for a popping colour. The cold cherry tomato vinaigrette pairs perfectly with gorgonzola bachamel sauce on a toasty bruschetta. For more photos: http://www.ladyandpups.com/2013/08/08/cherry-tomato-vinaigrette-and-gorgonzola-bruschetta-eng/Mandy @ Lady and pups

Makes 7~8 bruschetta

Tomato vinaigrette

  • 350 grams of red cherry tomato
  • 350 grams of yellow cherry tomato
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 clove of garlic, paper-thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 shallots, very finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced chives

Gorgonzola bachamel sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 110 grams of creamy gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt to taste
  1. Make the cherry tomato vinaigrette: Preheat the top-broiler on high. After washing the cherry tomatoes, scatter them on a large sheet pan. Place the pan on the upper-rack in the oven, about couple of inches under the broiler, and scorch the tomatoes until every skin has split open. Remove from the oven and let them cool down until enough to handle. Mix together 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil and ground turmeric, and set aside. Start peeling the yellow cherry tomatoes first (the skins should remove easily), and add the peeled tomatoes to the turmeric olive oil as you go. After you’re done with all the yellow cherry tomatoes, give them a thorough toss to make sure every single one of them is evenly coated in turmeric oil, and let them sit for a few minutes while you peel the red tomatoes.
  2. Add all the peeled red cherry tomatoes and the yellow tomatoes in a large bowl, or sheet pan. Mix together thinly sliced garlic, minced shallots, sea salt, chili flakes, ground black pepper, white wine vinegar, lime juice and extra virgin olive oil, then pour the vinaigrette over the tomatoes. Toss to make sure they are evenly coated, then let them sit in the fridge to marinate for at least 3 hours, turning and tossing them occasionally. Right before serving, add the chives to combine.
  3. Make the gorgonzola bachamel: Melt butter in a small sauce pot over medium heat, then add flour and saute for a couple of min. Add the whole milk and keep whisking until the mixture comes to a simmer and starts to thicken up. Break up gorgonzola cheese into small chunks and add the the milk mixture, along with ground black pepper and ground nutmeg. Stir and simmer until the gorgonzola has melted. Adjust the taste with salt.
  4. To serve: Slice bread into 1/2″ thick and toast under broiler until golden browned on each side. Spoon the gorgonzola sauce over on top, then lots of marinated cherry tomatoes and a couple tsp of the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with some sea salt and chives.

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7 months ago Mandina80

Unlike chop chop I PRAISE your use of weight measurements and find that so much more helpful than the dreaded cup measures (not everything fits into cups... plus you have to do more washing up!). I often see delicous-looking recipes on this site but am automatically put off by the use of cup measures. So Thank You Mandy - I cannot wait to put the last of my tomato glut to good use ;)
(Also Mandy)

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8 months ago chop chop

Or 12ounces of red cherry and 12 ounces green tomatoes with 4 oz. (ok 3.8 oz.) of cheeses....

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8 months ago chop chop

Just a suggestion on ingredient amounts. No one I know that cooks a lot cooks according to grams. While it may be exact it really does not help me in being able to figure out the correct proportions. Some mercy on old school would be appreciated. Looks great and I want to prepare but a conversion would be nice..

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8 months ago Mandy @ Lady and pups

chop chop, sorry about the confusion but it's just really difficult to say how much cherry tomatoes in "cups" because they vary in sizes. It may help to say 2 big handfuls (how much you can hold with two palms-up together) of each color of cherry tomatoes? I will include oz measurements next time, too. Thanks!

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8 months ago dymnyno

Gorgeous...one of the best photographs.