Recently, I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend. I can’t wait to share all the beautiful photos and recipes from the day. Well, actually, I can wait, because right now we are away on our last family vacation of the summer.
However, I had to share this recipe for tomato cobbler today. Tomato season is in full swing and this recipe is a must try. The caramelized onions, matched with the brightly flavored tomatoes and the flaky gruyere nuzzled biscuit are pretty much as good as summer gets.
The original recipe is for a family style version, but for the shower I made them in individual ramekins for a more elegant serving option. This also ensured that each guest had her own personal portion of biscuit topping to dig into. —eat-drink-garden
6 portions in shallow ramekins or one 2-quart casserole
For the filling:
extra-virgin olive oil
fresh thryme, plus more for garnish
garlic cloves, thinly sliced
cherry tomatoes any color - a mix is beautiful
crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons
freshly ground pepper
For the biscuit topping:
stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
grated gruyere cheese (2 1/4 ounces), plus 1 tablespoon, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and thyme, stirring occasionally,until caramelized, about 25 minutes. Fish out thyme stalks/twigs and add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Let cool.
Toss onion mixture, tomatoes, flour, and red pepper flakes with teaspoon of salt and some pepper.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers until small clumps form. Stir in cheese, and then add cream, stirring with a fork to combine until dough forms – it will be slightly sticky.
or the ramekins: Evenly distribute the tomato mixture into the ramekins – start by scooping 1 heaping cup of the tomato mixture into each of the ramekins and continue adding more to each until all of the tomatoes have been used. Using a large tablespoon or a small ice cream scooper, scoop three balls onto the top of the tomato mixture leaving the center open. Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese. Bake until tomatoes are bubbling in the center and biscuits are golden brown, about 45 minutes. Use a wet kitchen towel to wipe away any crusty browning on the lip when you take them out. Cool about 10 minutes before serving.
Alternatively, if using the 2-quart baking dish (2 inches deep). After scooping in all the tomatoes, spoon 7 clumps of biscuit dough (about 1/2 cup each) over the top in a circle, leaving center open. Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese. Bake until tomatoes are bubbling in the center and biscuits are golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for 20 minutes.
I produce the Santa Barbara based blog Eat Drink Garden. The inspiration for every meal, for every cocktail, and for every blog entry is from my garden. I learned a few years ago that if you choose seasonal fruits and vegetables, you don't need to do too much to them in order to make them beautiful and delicious every time.