Gorgeous bright red beefsteak tomatoes, garlic and rosemary are all you need to make the simplest of side dishes. The tomatoes are tender, warm, and succulent. Absolutely delicious!
- Why You’ll Love Garlic Rosemary Roasted Beefsteak Tomatoes
- What Are Beefsteak Tomatoes?
- What Is the Best Way to Cook a Beefsteak Tomato?
- Recipe Overview
- Variations and Substitutions
- How to Make This Side Dish Perfectly [Expert Tips!]
- What To Serve with This Side Dish
- Frequently Asked Questions
Why You’ll Love Garlic Rosemary Roasted Beefsteak Tomatoes
When these gorgeous beefsteak tomatoes are in abundance and in season, always great to snap them up to make the easiest side dish around. So easy to bake or roast, these beefsteak tomatoes make for a fantastic side dish to go with almost anything!
Roasted beefsteak tomatoes are juicy and ever so tender. A mouthful of these tomatoes straight out of the oven is a joy to eat.
They melt in your mouth and have a great balance of sweetness and acidity.Love the fragrant rosemary in the oven as it wafts through the kitchen while the garlic gives this tomato side dish an additional flavour boost.
No real preparation required. Simply place it in the oven and let it do its work.
What Are Beefsteak Tomatoes?
Beefsteak tomatoes are a type of large, juicy tomato variety known for their size and meaty texture. Beefsteak tomatoes are typically red or pink in colour, but there are also some varieties that are yellow or orange. They have a classic tomato flavour, but depending on the variety, they can also be sweet to the taste.
Beefsteak tomatoes come in a variety of sizes ranging from between 283 to 680 grams or 10 to 24 ounces. Their shape is perhaps the most distinguishing feature. They are round but flattened with irregular, ribbed, or smooth exteriors.
These tomatoes have a dense, fleshy, meaty texture and are often described as succulent. Flavour wise, beefsteak tomatoes are known for their intense, sweet, and tangy flavour profile. They offer a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness, making them great for culinary preparations.
What Is the Best Way to Cook a Beefsteak Tomato?
Beefsteak tomatoes are incredibly versatile and can be prepared in various ways depending on personal preference. Here are a few popular methods for cooking beefsteak tomatoes:
Roasting: Roasting beefsteak tomatoes concentrates their flavour and brings out their natural sweetness, as they also in our salad with heirloom tomatoes and asparagus. Preheat the oven to around 180°C or 350°F and follow our delicious recipe below.
Grilling: Grilling beefsteak tomatoes is a great way to add a smoky flavour. To grill beefsteak tomatoes, simply slice them in half and brush them with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and grill over medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side or until they are tender and slightly charred.
Stuffed: Beefsteak tomatoes can be hollowed out and filled with various ingredients, making a delicious and visually appealing dish.
Cut off the top of the tomato and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Fill the cavity with your choice of fillings, such as cooked grains like quinoa or couscous, cheese, herbs, breadcrumbs, or ground meat. Bake the stuffed tomatoes in the oven until they are cooked through and the filling is golden brown.
Sautéed: Sautéing beefsteak tomatoes can bring out their natural juices and soften their texture. Slice the tomatoes or cut them into chunks or wedges.
Heat some olive oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat, add the tomatoes, and cook for 5-7 minutes until they are slightly softened. Sautéed beefsteak tomatoes can be used as a base for sauces, added to pasta dishes, or served as a side dish.
Fresh: While cooking beefsteak tomatoes can be delicious, they are also fantastic when enjoyed fresh. Their juicy and meaty texture makes them perfect for slicing and adding to sandwiches, burgers, or salads.
Simply cut them into thick slices, season with salt and pepper, and incorporate them into your favourite dishes.
Flavour/Texture: We all know that roasting beefsteak tomatoes brings out their flavour and is always much sweeter than when consuming fresh. The tomatoes are super juicy, so beware when eating them that they don’t go everywhere!
The tangy flavour serves as a fantastic side dish to accompany a rich main dish, helping to balance the tastes and provide a refreshing break for your palate.
The rosemary imparts woody, bitter, and peppery undertones, while the garlic contributes a delightful aroma. They can also be eaten with the tomatoes as there’s nothing better than roasted garlic!
Ease: One of the easiest side dishes to make. Just coat with olive oil, rosemary leaves, salt, and pepper, and in the oven it goes. Nothing else to it.
Time: It takes 45 minutes, but it is a set-and-forget as there is no need to turn the tomatoes. If you have something else in the oven, just time it right, and they can both be served at the same time.
These are the ingredients you need for garlic rosemary roasted beefsteak tomatoes:
Beefsteak tomatoes: You can get a variety of colours as we have for this recipe. Get varying shapes and sizes to create a little fun on the dinner table.
Rosemary: Just a sprig will do as we pick the leaves and coat the beefsteak tomatoes with their aromatic characteristics.
Garlic: Just crush about 6 cloves and leave the skin on. Simply throw it into the baking dish with the tomatoes for extra fragrance.
Variations and Substitutions
Other tomatoes: This recipe works for any type of tomato. It doesn’t have to be beefsteaks. We have also roasted cherry tomatoes just like our roasted grape tomatoes on quark and it is perfectly delicious.
Adding spices: If you prefer to have the beefsteak tomatoes flavoured, you can pretty much add any sort of spices. You can use garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, sumac, chilli or cayenne.
I would bring the baking dish out halfway through the roasting process and sprinkle more of these spices so it can penetrate the tomatoes even more.
Other herbs: Some other herbs that would go well with these roasted beefsteak tomatoes include thyme, lemon thyme, sage, or oregano.
Balsamic vinegar: A popular option is to toss beefsteak tomatoes in some balsamic vinegar just as we did with our vegan couscous salad with balsamic blistered tomatoes.
Step by step instructions for how to make garlic rosemary roasted beefsteak tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 180°C or 350°F.
Cut 2 tomatoes in half and 1 tomato in quarters. Leave the rest whole.
Crush garlic cloves.
Coat tomatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil, leaves from ½ rosemary sprig and salt and pepper to taste.
Baste baking dish with ½ tbsp olive oil.
Place tomatoes in the baking dish, place crushed garlic cloves around the tomatoes, add more rosemary leaves on top and more salt and pepper to taste.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Serve while hot.
How to Make This Side Dish Perfectly [Expert Tips!]
Fresh beefsteak tomatoes: Select the freshest beefsteaks for the perfect side dish. The tomatoes used in this recipe were organic from our local farmers market and they sure were super sweet!
Serve hot: This side dish is best served hot as the juices ooze out when cutting into the tomatoes. Easy enough to time it your main meal and just put the baking dish in the centre of the table to help it stay warm.
Separate plate: As the tomatoes tend to be overly juicy, you can opt to have a small side plate for it. Particularly useful if you don’t want the tomato juices oozing out onto the other flavours of your main plate.
What To Serve with This Side Dish
What to serve with garlic rosemary roasted beefsteak tomatoes? Try these delicious main dish recipes:
These juicy and tender beefsteak tomatoes would do well with this vegan stuffed acorn squash recipe. Load up on the vegetables!
Frequently Asked Questions
Peeling tomatoes before roasting is a matter of preference.
Some advantages of peeling tomatoes before roasting are that it can give you a smoother, more uniform texture and removes some of the seeds, making the roasted tomatoes less watery. And for some people, it is much easier to digest. It is, however, a cumbersome and messy process.
Roasting tomatoes with the skin on leaves them more flavourful and juicier and can add texture. Besides, it is a quicker and easier process than peeling the tomatoes. Cooked tomato skin can be tough and chewy if it is not roasted long enough and is messier to eat.
Gordon Ramsay uses garlic, rosemary, thyme, olive oil, salt, and pepper. He likes to halve his tomatoes and tosses them through the seasoning. He bakes cut side down them for about 30-35 minutes or until the tomato softens and the skin becomes wrinkly.
Jamie Oliver uses garlic, oregano leaves, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. He tosses them together and then arranges them as a single layer on a roasting tray and refrigerates them overnight. He then roasts them for an hour.
As you can see, it is a totally doable side dish to create at any time. Toss in seasoning and just place in the oven. These glorious beefsteak tomatoes will be so popular with your family and friends.
Garlic Rosemary Roasted Beefsteak Tomatoes
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- Preheat oven to 180°C or 350°F.
- Cut 2 tomatoes in half and 1 tomato in quarters. Leave the rest whole.
- Crush garlic cloves.
- Coat tomatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil, leaves from ½ rosemary sprig and salt and pepper to taste.
- Baste baking dish with ½ tbsp olive oil.
- Place tomatoes in the baking dish, place crushed garlic cloves around the tomatoes, add more rosemary leaves on top and more salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Serve while hot.
- This recipe works for any type of tomato. It doesn’t have to be beefsteaks.
- If you prefer to have the beefsteak tomatoes flavoured, you can pretty much add any sort of spices. You can use garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, sumac, chilli or cayenne. I would bring the baking dish out halfway through the roasting process and sprinkle more of these spices so they can penetrate the tomatoes even more.
- Some other herbs that would go well with these roasted beefsteak tomatoes include thyme, lemon thyme, sage, or oregano.
- A popular option is to toss the beefsteak tomatoes in balsamic vinegar just as we did with our vegan couscous salad with balsamic blistered tomatoes.
*Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided is an estimate only and generated by an online calculator.
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