Bruschetta con Pomodorini

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A slow roast at a low temperature caramelizes the cherry tomatoes on this hearty bruschetta, intensifying their sweet flavor and giving them a tender texture. This makes a great appetizer for a simple Italian meal, or a light supper when paired with a salad.


Bruschetta con Pomodorini (Toasted Bread with Caramelized Tomatoes and Ricotta)


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. fennel seeds, coarsely pounded or crushed

Freshly ground pepper and fine sea salt

1 1/2 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved

12 slices crusty country bread, cut into slices 1/2 inch thick

Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing

8 oz. fresh sheep’ s milk ricotta or well-drained cow’s milk ricotta




In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, fennel seeds and a generous grinding of pepper. Set aside and let stand for about 30 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 300° F. Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon the olive oil mixture over the tomatoes and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bake until the tomatoes are partially shriveled and browned in spots but still juicy, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer to a bowl, taking care to scrape any juices and browned bits from the baking sheet into the bowl.


To make the bruschetta, position a broiler pan 4 inches below the heat source and preheat the broiler. Arrange the bread slices on a large baking sheet and brush the tops with olive oil. Slip under the broiler and broil until the edges are lightly browned and the tops are golden, 1-2 minutes.


Spread a heaping tablespoon of the ricotta on each slice of bruschetta and top each with 1 heaping tablespoon of the caramelized tomatoes. Arrange the bruschetta on a platter and serve.

8 comments about “Bruschetta con Pomodorini

  1. Mello54

    So easy and so perfect… just in time for my big party! I also have a container of fresh cheese….it will be so delicious!

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  5. Hshdebbie

    i made this, but the tomato skins were tough. I removed them, but it’s time consuming to do that. What would cause this? Other than that, it was delicious.


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