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Crack Tomatoes {The Best Oven Roasted Tomatoes}

Perfect oven-roasted tomatoes seasoned with ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper then tossed with fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, and chives. You’ll want these Crack Tomatoes {The Best Oven Roasted Tomatoes} as a side dish this summer alongside your favorite dinner recipes.

For more sheet pan vegetable recipes, try my Crack Brussels Sprouts next or Crack Broccoli.

Crack Tomatoes - An overhead view of cherry tomato halves on a gold sheet pan with wooden spoon. Garnished with fresh basil strands, chives, and crumbled feta cheese.

Juicy basil feta tomatoes in just 20-minutes. An easy sheet pan vegetable recipe made with fresh summer ingredients.

Summer is here and if you are anything like me, you’re cooking and using in-season produce from your garden, grocer, or farmers’ market to make your meals at home. Deciding how to use fresh produce that you may have an abundance of can sometimes be a challenge, especially when you’re used to making the same recipes for your family.

During the long summer days, I like to prepare simple vegetable dishes that don’t require a lot of ingredients or effort to make like this crack tomato recipe. I’ll add tomatoes to salads and breakfast dishes or roast them for dinner. Any leftovers get added to breakfast recipes or I simply make them into an appetizer.

Ranch Roasted Tomatoes - A far view of cherry and currant tomato halves on a gold rimmed sheet pan. Tossed with basil, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped chives.

HOW TO MAKE OVEN-ROASTED TOMATOES

  1. Combine oil, ranch seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cut cherry tomatoes in half.
  3. Toss tomatoes in the seasoning mixture.
  4. Bake in a 375°F for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Move roasted tomatoes to a bowl.
  6. Toss with basil, feta cheese, and chives.

How to Serve

This simple sheet pan vegetable is great to serve as a side dish with dinner or as an appetizer. Leftovers can be used in these quick and easy recipe ideas.

APPETIZER

Bruschetta: Everyone loves this tasty appetizer made with basil tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese served on bread.

Skewer: Serve on a wooden skewer with a crusty toasted piece of crostini bread or thinly sliced baguette with a basil leaf, a few roasted tomatoes, and a mozzarella ball. Caprese skewers are a favorite for summer pool parties and cocktail party appetizers.

Tomato Crostini Appetizer: Crusty bread + oven-roasted tomatoes with a balsamic drizzle.

BREAKFAST

Eggs: Make an omelet and fill it with leftover tomatoes, cheese, and ham or make skillet scrambled eggs. Another delicious breakfast recipe these would taste great with includes a fried egg topped with a whipped cheese, and chives.

Dutch baby pancake: Make this impressive breakfast pancake and fill it with a scrambled or fried eggs, skillet asparagus, whipped feta or ricotta cheese, roasted tomatoes, breakfast sausage, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

DINNER

Salads: Add tomatoes to any salad for additional flavor.

Pasta: Stir cooked tomatoes into pasta dishes with sauces or creams for a fresh summer taste. Perfect to add to cheese-filled ravioli dishes, spaghetti, lasagna, angel hair pasta, butter noodles, and more!

Pizza: Top a homemade or store-bought pizza with basil tomatoes. They will roast while it bakes in the oven.

Easy Roasted Tomatoes - Yellow currant and cherry cocktail tomato halves tossed in a bowl with ranch seasoning, salt, pepper, and basil. Served on a wooden chopping board with fresh basil leaves, a gold spoon, and a white and black napkin.

ROASTED TOMATO INGREDIENTS

  • TOMATOES: Use small tomatoes like cherry tomatoes or tiny tim tomatoes. Tiny tim tomatoes are usually more round than cherry but still come in containers. For a pop of color, incorporate yellow currant or orange tomatoes.
  • RANCH SEASONING: Use the dry seasoning mix and not the classic wet salad dressing. Find this small packet of seasoning near the spices or salad dressing.
  • OIL: Extra virgin olive oil or any oil will do.
  • SEASONING: Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for added heat.
  • BASIL: Fresh basil is a must. Simply roll the basil up tightly and cut long strands with a knife.
  • CHEESE: I buy a small block of flavored or seasoned feta cheese and crumble it but use whatever you can find.
  • CHIVES: This herb will add a mild onion flavor and a nice texture to the dish.
Crack Tomatoes - A close up overhead view of red cherry tomatoes and yellow currant tomatoes cut in half and roasted on a gold sheet pan. Garnished with fresh basil strands, feta cheese, and chopped chives.

Flavorful Ingredient Additions

  • bacon
  • prosciutto
  • green onions
  • olives
  • garlic
  • cheese: blue cheese, gorgonzola cheese, brie cheese, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, flavorful feta cheese varieties. TIP: Find seasoning or artisan cheese near the gourmet cheese section.
  • nuts: slivered or sliced almonds, chopped pecans, walnuts
  • herbs: basil, mint, parsley, rosemary
  • greens: arugula, kale, spinach, green leaf lettuce
  • vegetables: in combination with any of these other classic roasted vegetables that include broccoli, onions, shallots,

Tips and Questions

What kind of tomatoes should I use? Use cherry cocktail tomatoes or tiny tim tomatoes which are slightly more round than cherry.

Can I roast other vegetables with the tomatoes at the same time? Yes. However, I suggest using a separate baking sheet for other vegetables since the tomatoes will release liquid as they bake. Roasting cauliflower makes a wonderful addition to this summer vegetable dish.

Crack Tomatoes {The Best Oven Roasted Tomatoes} - An overhead view of red cherry and yellow currant tomato halves on a gold roasted sheet pan. Garnished with feta cheese, basil, and chives. Text in center reads Crack Tomatoes, 20 minute ranch roasted. Second image is a far view of the tomatoes on a roasted pan.

Crack Tomatoes {The Best Oven Roasted Tomatoes}

Perfect oven-roasted tomatoes seasoned with ranch seasoning, salt, and pepper then tossed with fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, and chives. You'll want these Crack Tomatoes {The Best Oven Roasted Tomatoes} as a side dish this summer alongside your favorite dinner recipes.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted tomatoes
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 144kcal

Ingredients

  • 40 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 10 oz yellow tomatoes
  • tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp ranch seasoning dry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves (zested or minced)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp chives (chopped)
  • cup basil (chopped)
  • 3 oz feta cheese

Instructions

  • Cut tomatoes in half.
  • Combine oil, ranch seasoning powder, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Toss tomatoes in mixture.
  • Spread onto large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast in 375°F oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Move tomatoes to a bowl. Toss with chopped basil, crumbled feta cheese, and chives.

Notes

Flavorful additions:
  • bacon, prosciutto
  • green onions, olives, garlic
  • cheese: blue cheese, gorgonzola cheese, brie cheese, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, flavorful feta cheese varieties. TIP: Find seasoning or artisan cheese near the gourmet cheese section.
  • nuts: slivered or sliced almonds, chopped pecans, walnuts
  • herbs: basil, mint, parsley, rosemary
  • greens: arugula, kale, spinach, green leaf lettuce
  • vegetables: in combination with any of these other classic roasted vegetables that include broccoli, onions, shallots,

Nutrition

Calories:144kcal | Carbohydrates:12g | Protein:4g | Fat:9g | Saturated Fat:3g | Cholesterol:13mg | Sodium:685mg | Potassium:557mg | Fiber:2g | Sugar:5g | Vitamin A:1133IU | Vitamin C:49mg | Calcium:102mg | Iron:2mg

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