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Burnt Tomato Halves

“Turn a classic summer favorite into a smoking-hot side dish.”

Do you like some foods when burnt, blackened, or charred?  You know, like marshmallows ~ they have to be charred!  And it used to be that I wouldn’t eat toast unless it was burnt.  I’ve changed on that some, especially when eating breakfast at a restaurant, they just don’t get it and usually won’t do it! 

But, have you ever tried tomatoes with a char?  I had not until just recently when I saw the above quote and recipe in Guideposts magazine.  We love tomatoes here and Bill and Bubba like to eat tomatoes just like I would eat an apple.  I haven’t gone that far yet. 

So give this a try; it’s easy with just a few ingredients and really tasty!

Burnt Tomato Halves


4 firm, ripe tomatoes
Extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt
16 black peppercorns*
2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves


Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles on the surface.
Cut tomatoes in half.
Brush cut side of tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt to taste.
Place tomatoes cut side down in skillet.
Don’t move them for 8-10 minutes or they’ll burst.
The bottoms of tomatoes will show a black line of char all around when they’re done.
Using a spatula, lift tomatoes off hot surface and invert onto a plate, burnt side up.
Sprinkle with peppercorns and oregano, drizzle with olive oil and serve.

*Note:  If whole peppercorns are problematic, they can be ground or coarsely cracked. 
Serves 4

Have you cooked your tomatoes this way?


  1. This does look good. With so many tomatoes I am always looking for new recipes. I haven't cooked tomatoes this way before.

  2. I have never ad tomatoes that way...but it sounds fantastic!

  3. My hubby eats tomatoes that way too, I will have to remember this recipe.

  4. This is interesting and I've got to try it. We usually eat them raw or pureed. Thanks!

  5. This sounds very yummy, I am picking many tomatoes at the moment so I will give it a try. Diane

  6. Thanks for stopping by. I'm your newest follower. :) This looks yummy! I'm enjoying looking through your recipes. So glad you found me. I'm so meal challenged sometimes.

    Lisa xoxo
    Raising Future Leaders

  7. I like burnt tomatoes!! It's a really nice idea to cook them!

  8. Hi Pam...thanks for your visit...I love your blog full of yummy thing and I like your spirit, up beat and happy, love that! I have added you to my blog list as well as following you! :D

  9. I like this! I'll have to try in as a side using the cast iron griddle insert on my grill.

  10. i am reaching for my cast iron skillet again..
    i have to try this

    i slow roasted some tomtoes the other day in the oven...but this is next

    thanks for the kind words about my fur babies..they are the center of my world...i just ADORE them !!!!

    happy to see you today

    kary and teddy

  11. I do not care for tomatoes, but I love your blog!

  12. Pam I love roasted tomatoes...but I've never tried them charred like this...but i will be soon.

  13. I've heard of roasting cherry tomatoes but never anything like this. It looks so good--and easy!!

  14. Farmchick, same here! Love those tomatoes!

    Clements Family, yes! It was new to me!

    Jennifurla, it must be a man thing!

    busygran, my mom used to make tomato juice, it was different!

    Diane, good for you! Bet you're doing lots of good things with them!

    Lisa, thanks so much! You have such a nice looking family and I will enjoy reading your blog! xoxo

    Adventures in Domestic Cooking, it is! Thanks for the visit!

    Zia Elle, it's the first I've heard of them but a great thing!

    Julie Harward, welcome and thanks so much! I'm really happy that you stopped by!

    Chris, great idea and I think I'll try it here also. Thanks for the suggestion!

    My Farmhouse Kitchen, aren't those cast iron skillets the best? I've never tried roasting them but I bet they're delicious! Your fur babies are adorable and we have 2 here also, black cats, Minnie and Moocher. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! xoxo

    Frances, that's OK! I'm just glad you stopped by, nice to see you!

    Bo, I've never roasted them and will have to give it a try. They have to be great!

    Sheila, easy is a good thing! And these are! Thanks for the visit!

  15. I love tomatoes in any way shape or form. THANKS! Yum. sandie

  16. I really like tomatoes and this sounds like a great new way to prepare them...Happy day Pam.

  17. I have never had my tomatoes this way...but it sounds really, really great!

  18. Never had burnt tomatos before. This is interesting.

  19. This sounds yummy! I'll have to try it! I love Guideposts magazine:)

  20. I think you have started a new eating tradition and style. This does sound delicious. Do the tomatoes sweeted from the cooking?

  21. oh I like the sound of this great idea

  22. Yum!! Tomatoes and potatoes - the more you cook 'em the more I love 'em. :) Yours are really beautiful in the pictures too.

  23. Pam, I thought I posted a comment this morning. I am still getting used to my new phone. I love this tasty recipe! It is nice and simple but full of flavor, just the way I like it!

  24. Hi Pam, It's very nice to meet you. Those tomatoes sound so good. I do something like this on my grill but I will try it your way. You also have a wonderful blog. I'm your follower too :>)

  25. I"ve never done tomatoes this way but they look GOOD! I like to use freshly cracked black pepper! Thanks!

  26. Burnt tomatoes smell incredible!

  27. For sure I will try this as soon as our tomatoes ripen. I know this will be good,

  28. Chatty Crone, you're welcome! Have a good day!

    Jacqueline, me too! They're a great summer thing!

    girlchef, they are great! Thanks for the visit!

    meemsnyc, it's a great new way to try tomatoes!

    Sue, I love Guideposts too, good stories, inspiration and recipes!

    Sweet and Savory, yes; somehow the charring sweetens them also. They're really good!

    Chow and Chatter, wonderful and I hope you try it!

    Betty Ray, LOL! So glad you like them too!

    Linda, those phones are a mystery sometimes! Yes, this is definitely simple and good too!

    Leslie, thank you and you have a good day!

    Charli and me, thank you! Here's hoping you have a great day!

    Debbi, yes for the pepper! I load it on about anything I can!

    Little Inbox, you know all about them, aroma and all! they're great!

    Sage, I hope you do try it and like it! Have a good day!

  29. That looks very interesting. I love tomatoes, so I bet I'd love it. Thanks for stopping by and joining my site :)

  30. I've never had tomatoes this way but I am willing to give anything a try! They look good.

  31. I cant wait for my tomatoes ripe so I can make this dish!!

  32. They look great, and so perfect for summer:)

  33. I would love this! Our garden tomatoes are just starting to ripen!

  34. Jemm, great and thank you!

    Carolyn, I like your attitude! Way to go!

    mr. pineapple man, wonderful and I hope you like it!

    Magic of Spice, it is! Love those fresh tomatoes in the summer time!

    Karen, hope you have lots of good tomatoes and try this!

  35. Hi Pam,

    This looks so yummy!!

    I love tomatoes and anything cook until it's charred is my kinda food. Those burnt bits are so tasty! Unfortunately, living in the mountains of Colorado at 8500 feet, I can't grow my own tomatoes.... the growing season isn't long enough to get a decent tomato and finding farmers markets that have yummy home grown tomatoes is very difficult! Their usually are all bruised up and look pitiful. Very sad!

    Grocery tomatoes have zero flavor so it looks like I'll have to take a drive to the city this week to find a market that has good tomatoes to make this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful blog!!

  36. Rebecka, hi! I understand with the high altitude and gardens. I love Colorado and thought the area around Golden and Colorado Springs was gorgeous with its wide open panoramic views. It's indeed one of the most beautiful states of the country and you are lucky to live there!


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