savory green tomato cobbler

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Author Notes: this summer i came up with a brilliant idea to help use up an excessive amount of green tomatoes growing from my friend's garden. i wanted to stew them, and i knew i wanted some baked good to soak them up with. and then it dawned on me: cobbler. i had never heard of a savory cobbler before, but if one were to make such a thing, tomatoes would be the perfect filler. aubrey | drum beets

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Serves 4-6

for the filling

  • 5 cups firm green tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

for the biscuit topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flower
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons coarse cornmeal
  1. preheat oven to 375.
  2. cut onion in half and cut into thin slice. heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. cook onions slowly, stirring every few minutes, until caramelized - about 15 minutes. remove from heat and transfer onions to a large mixing bowl to cool.
  3. clean and remove any stems on tomatoes, and cut into large chunks and add to the mixing bowl along with remaining filling ingredients. using your hands or spoon, gently stir the mixture without squishing your tomatoes. pour this mixture into a 9-inch square casserole dish (or pie pan works just as well).
  4. to prepare the biscuits, mix dry ingredients in a bowl. cut butter into tiny bits, and add to flour. using your hands, work the butter into the mixture until it forms crumbles of dough.
  5. add 1 cup of grated cheese & diced jalapenos, stir to distribute evenly into the flour mixture. finally, add milk (starting with one cup) and stir to combine. add more milk if needed - texture should be fairly sticky and not as formable as say a bread dough.
  6. to assemble, drop 1/2 cup dollops of dough on top of the tomato mixture. i fit about nine drop-biscuits on top of my cobbler. allow a little space in between each biscuit for room to spread. top each biscuit with a small sprinkle of grated cheese and a dusting of cornmeal.
  7. if you have extra dough, do not cram it onto your cobbler. just make a few drop biscuits on a lined baking sheet (about 25 minutes in the oven) ... you can snack on these while you wait for the cobbler to finish!
  8. bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the tomatoes are clearly bubbling and biscuits are nicely browned. let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  9. excellent with a fried egg or a green salad!

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