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September 19, 2016

Spicy Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Garlic Croutons

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There should be a world record for sprouting a good 50 gray hairs and 2 forehead wrinkles in under 48 hours. And if there isn’t a category for rapid aging in the Guiness Book then there should be, and I officially declare myself as the winner for this unfortunate occurrence.  (for those of you who follow me on my social media accounts, you then are fully aware of my babysitting 3 under 3 baby children this passed weekend).

I now, just to be sure, decided to look up to see if there was a category in the Guiness Book for rapid aging already in exsistence and look what I stumbled upon.

To highlight my absolute favorites from the above article:

wealthiest cat (so if someone adopts her…… ? where you at boo? can I get yo numba?)

most milkshake dispensed through a nose. like. 100 percent chance this person has 0 friends.

-most toilet seats broken by one’s head in one minute….. okay i take back what I said above. this person seriously can’t possibly have any friends (or brain cells) and are definite vegetable status (if they made it out alive post toilet brigade).

most people twerking simultaneously. what is our world coming to// is there a how-to video that I can get ahold of

the last one I can’t even post because it is borderline inappropriate and hilariously obnoxious and i also have the maturity level of a teenage boy and cant stop laughing so let me just quote the description: (insert male part here) is “equivalent to sitting in the front row listening to a loud orchestra playing.” 


this list alone may or may not have made my day 1000 times better.

definitely may*

But you want to know what doesn’t rapidly age your life? This recipe. In fact I think this recipe might even produce younger and healthier looking skin……. Spicy Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Garlic Croutons. To make evenings and entertaining stress (and wrinkle) free.

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Recipe Notes:

You don’t have to use heirloom tomatoes if you don’t have access to any, but they are just SO pretty and up your presentation game x 10000.

I chose to use a mix of tomatoes for aesthetic purposes, again, totally optional. All tomatoes are created equally in this dish, which is my favorite kind 🙂

Stale bread = a crispier crouton. If you only have access to fresh then make the cubes of bread a little smaller to crisp all the way through (unfortunately increasing the cooking time will only result in a burnt crouton, yuck). So unless you like a softer middle, use stale bread.

Also – keep an eye on your croutons once they hit the oven after about 15 minutes, as every oven is different, therefore cooking time may vary. The last thing you want to do is burn your hard work. You can’t go back from that.

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Spicy Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Garlic Croutons
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Roasted Tomatoes:
  • 2 lb assorted tomatoes (heirlooms, cherry, etc) some larger tomatoes quartered, or may keep whole, refer to picture
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, torn into large chunks
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 6 cups stale bread, sliced into 1" cubes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Next lay stale cubed bread onto lined baking sheet and drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil, sprinkle garlic powder evenly and then toss until everything is mixed together.
  3. Arrange croutons out onto baking sheet (this way there is no overlapping so croutons bake evenly) and then sprinkle with a little salt and pepper on top.
  4. Place in oven for 25-28 minutes, flipping croutons halfway through. Do this until a deep golden brown with little charring (optional) forms.
  5. Remove, cool and bring to room temperature, store in airtight container at room temperature (or keep out until ready to use).
Roasted Tomatoes:
  1. First preheat oven to 425.
  2. Next in a large bowl add all varieties of tomatoes and then olive oil. Toss making sure all sides of tomatoes are coated in oil.
  3. In a baking dish (i used two different ones,to fit the tomatoes comfortably in without overlapping, however squeezed next to each other.. or you may use a 9x13" baking dish) place the oil coated tomatoes. Next drizzle remainder of oil left from bowl evenly on to tomatoes.
  4. Add your torn basil leaves in cracks of tomatoes (see pictures).
  5. Next evenly sprinkle 1 tbsp red pepper flakes.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top (you may add more when it comes to serving as the larger tomatoes will probably need more salt vs smaller tomatoes.
  7. Bake in oven for 28-30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, serve hot (or may bring to room temperature) with a side of homemade croutons.

Spicy Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes & Garlic Croutons

  1. Heather says:

    this looks so tasty. i can’t wait for tomatoes to be in season (i live across the world so we are just hitting spring)

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