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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tomato Basil Cobbler with Whole Wheat Parmesan Crust

This tomato cobbler is a fun, savory way to highlight some of your summer harvest.  Tomatoes concentrate to bring out their sweetness, mixed with basil, balsamic and onions and then topped in a fluffy whole wheat crust laden with Parmesan for a fun summer side!


    As I told you before, my tomato patch got completely wrecked by a recent storm.  Luckily, my parents have been still getting plenty of tomatoes at their farm garden.  They are at that point in the summer when tomatoes are rotting faster than they could use them.  So, I came to their rescue and took a big bag of red beauties home!



     I originally had it in my head that I was going to make a tomato slab pie.  But Matt has been working a lot lately and Jax and I were going to be home by ourselves.  I envisioned the two of us working on the pastry.  While not hard, I could see us making a huge mess.  I am willing to let him help on most things, but I knew after a long day of work I wouldn't have the patience for that.  Besides, we are both hungry already by the time we get home!  I figured a savory cobbler would be easier to get done.  


     So, we made a little biscuit topping.  I did a riff on MiMi's Sour Cream Biscuits.  Of course I made a few changes... like whole wheat flour, yogurt and Parmesan cheese.  So, in the end they weren't much like MiMi's biscuits at all!  But they were light and fluffy and flavorful, so the intended result was achieved!  



   We really liked the results.  The sauce got just enough spice from the red pepper flakes and we really enjoyed the mix of concentrated tomato and fresh tomato.  The balsamic added a nice depth of flavor and all of the fresh basil in my herb garden right now was just begging to be used!

      Last but not least, I thought it would be fun to do a quick behind the scenes of what is happening during our little food photo shoots.  


Yield: 12 servings

Tomato Basil Cobbler with Whole Wheat Parmesan Crust

This tomato cobbler is a fun, savory way to highlight some of your summer harvest. Tomatoes concentrate to bring out their sweetness, mixed with basil, balsamic and onions and then topped in a fluffy whole wheat crust laden with Parmesan for a fun summer side!
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 1 hour and 25 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 40 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Topping:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I've used both and both work great)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
Filling:
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 12-14 cups tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, torn or chopped
Optional for serving:
  • additional basil and Parmesan

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in cold butter until it is pea sized bits. Stir in yogurt, milk and Parmesan until just combined. Place in the refrigerator while you get the tomatoes started.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Cook the onions over medium heat until soft and translucent. Add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and toast for a few seconds. Stir in half of the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want for them to soften and concentrate a bit. Turn off the burner and stir in the balsamic, the rest of the tomatoes, garlic and basil.
  4. Pour tomato mixture into a greased 9x13" pan. Alternatively you can make the tomato mixture in a large dutch oven and just finish the dish in there.
  5. Take the biscuit dough out of the refrigerator and drop over tomato mixture. (You could roll and cut it if you want a cleaner presentation, but rustic was fine with me!) Bake for 50-60 minutes. If you'd like to sprinkle a little extra cheese over the topping, do so about 5 minutes before it is done baking.
  6. Sprinkle with a little extra basil and serve warm.
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21 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy! We love hearty tomato recipes... Can't wait to try it!!

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    1. We really enjoyed it and we hope you do too! It is always fun to try something a little different with your produce.

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  2. Great combination of flavours in the recipe Carlee thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  3. Yum Carlee, this looks great! I've been needing a recipe to use up my tomatoes that our neighbor has brought over, this will work perfectly!

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    1. We had fun trying something a little different! It is nice to have some variety at this point in the season.

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  4. Yum! Sounds great! What do you recommend serving with it? Or do you just serve it as a standalone dish?

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    1. My husband is one that has to have meat with dinner or it isn't dinner. So we had it as a side. It is great with grilled chicken or maybe a pork chop or something.

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  5. I was just looking for a way to use some fresh basil that I've been growing! I'm going to pin this to try once I buy the rest of the ingredients. It sounds like a great savory dish!

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    1. I have enough basil to supply the whole neighborhood right now, so I was definitely looking for a way to use it too! We really enjoyed this and it was fun to have something a little different than normal.

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  6. I just love your Tomato Basil Cobbler, what a great recipe. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you! I hope you are having a wonderful week as well. See you Thursday if not before!

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  7. This looks really good!! My tomatoes are just about gone for the year...wish I had more to try this recipe!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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    1. It was certainly fun to do something a little different. I wish I had more tomatoes too, I didn't get a chance to do everything I would have liked! I guess there is always next year ;-)

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  8. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured in The Top Ten on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much! I am displaying my Red Plate with pride!

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  9. Why have I never made a savory cobbler, this sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. Just imagine the possibilities! Thanks for hosting!

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  10. I always think of a cobbler as a pie or dessert - would never have thought to make a dinner version!! Thanks for linking up your recipe to Merry Monday!

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    1. It was fun to mess around with a savory version. It seems like there would be more vegetables you could play with, but tomatoes are so juicy they really lent themselves well to it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Yummo! I am loving this idea of a savory cobbler! I am so glad you shared it with us over at Country Fair Blog Party! I hope you 'll join us again in October! Jan @ Tip Garden

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