Think Cobbler is Just for Dessert? You Haven’t Tried This Tomato Version

I’ve had two cobbler epiphanies in my life. The first was almost 30 years ago, when my friend and colleague John Willoughby found a recipe for blueberry cobbler in a Southern boardinghouse; it’s basically perfect, and I’ve been making it ever since.

The second, which I had just a few years ago (I’m a slow thinker), was when it dawned on me that, as amazing as cobbler is with blueberries, it might be equally good — or perhaps even better — withtomatoes. I know this sounds sacrilegious at first, but I’m fairly convinced that there is no better ingredient on earth than a perfect, late-summer tomato. And technically, of course, tomatoes are fruit.

Furthermore, like blueberries, tomatoes are sweet and tart, and release addictive juices when baked in the oven. If you swap the sugar for garlic and onion, and the ubiquitous scoop of vanilla ice cream for a garnish of torn basil and freshly grated Parmesan, then the savory-cobbler experiment starts to make a lot of sense. I mean, it did to me, and it works.

Read the rest of this article and get the recipe here.

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  1. Alex said...

    Hmmm savory cobblers…now that is something I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for the recipe, pretty intriguing stuff!

  2. Darlene Wheasler said...

    I’m a transplant to Indiana where mouth-watering tomatoes grow just like the kind this lady knew growing up in California many years ago. So when I read the recipe for Cherry tomato Cobbler, I just knew that the black heirloom and regular red cherry tomatoes I am growing would be great in this recipe. Oh my! This is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth, truly! I changed it up a little using the black heriloom cherry tomatoes, 1 cup of Gruyere, and made it in a pie dish. My daughter who is not big on tomatoes also loved it. This is a must try and now a staple during the summer for me. Can’t wait to have some of my lady friends over to try this. Thank you Mark Bittman. You sure knew what you were doing with this cobbler.

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