Marinated cherry tomatoes with whipped ricotta on Sourdough
April 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
I saw someone doing marinated tomatoes on tv not so long ago and for the life of me, I can’t remember who it was. I can’t even remember on which channel it was which makes me feel horrible as I can’t give credit where credit is due. I am however very thankful to that person for exposing me to the wonder that is a marinated tomato.
I know the thought of blanching then peeling and then marinating cherry tomatoes is not appealing. I thought I had gone crazy when I found myself even considering the idea of trying it myself. You see, I’m a very lazy person. I love to eat and I love to cook but doing very finicky things in the kitchen is not for me. I like robust, unpretentious and delicious food. Food that takes me little time to prepare but still delivers big on flavour and character. Peeling a cherry tomato seems like the exact opposite of all of those things. Definitely not robust and quite pretentious if you ask me. I mean, I don’t even remove the seeds from my tomatoes. (what did the poor seeds do anyway? They hold all the flavour in my opinion!)
But then I found myself yesterday afternoon, in my kitchen, carefully scoring cherry tomatoes before dropping them into a pot of boiling water, fishing them out and dunking them into a bowl filled with ice water before carefully peeling their skins off. And I loved every second. It wasn’t hard, it wasn’t finicky and it wasn’t pretentious. It made perfect sense. How would the delicious marinade penitrate the delicate tomato flesh if I didn’t remove the tough skin? And how would said tough skin taste on a deliciously toasted slice of sourdough bread with the most mouth-watering whipped and herbed ricotta? Not great, that’s what!
The end result was exquisite (and I don’t use that word often). The flavours were perfect and even better, the textures were perfect. I’m a big ‘texture girl’. I like crunch mixed with soft and smooth and this was exactly what I got. I mean, I’m literally gushing over this ‘dish’. This very simple, very straight forward glorified version of cheese and tomato on toast. But it deserves it. Just try it, even just once. And then you can tell all your friends about the day you peeled a cherry tomato and how you would gladly do it all again!