Jul 2, 2009

Delicious Side Dish

Looking for a way to utilize the pile of tomatoes you picked up at the farmer's market? Or, have no idea what to bring to a summer potluck? Here's a quick, easy side dish (which you can alter depending on what ingredients you have lying around) that's beautifully presented, healthy, and delicious!

Sauteed Tomatoes

1 lb cherry tomatoes (2 pints)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced (garlic press works best here)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese (a mild Mexican cheese that crumbles like feta)
1/4 tsp salt & dash of pepper

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet for 2-3 min over med-high heat. Add tomatoes, salt, & pepper and let cook for about 5-7 minutes or until tomatoes start to brown a little, wrinkle, and/or pop. Then add garlic, stir to distribute, cook an additional minute, then add the cilantro. Again stir to distribute, then pour tomatoes into a serving bowl and top with the crumbled Cotija cheese. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating...the inside of the tomatoes will be very hot. Enjoy!

Other versions you can try:
  • replace cilantro with basil, use feta cheese instead of Cotija
  • replace cilantro with 1/4 cup fresh baby dill, use feta instead of Cotija
  • replace cilantro with fresh parsley, use goat cheese instead of Cotija

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