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Marinated cherry tomatoes with whipped ricotta on Sourdough

 In Eggs, Salads & Starters, Snacks, Vegetarian

Marinated cherry tomatoes with whipped ricotta


I saw someone doing marinated tomatoes on tv not so long ago and for the life of me, I can’t remember who it was. I can’t even remember on which channel it was which makes me feel horrible as I can’t give credit where credit is due. I am however very thankful to that person for exposing me to the wonder that is a marinated tomato.

Marinated cherry tomatoes with whipped ricotta

I know the thought of blanching then peeling and then marinating cherry tomatoes is not appealing. I thought I had gone crazy when I found myself even considering the idea of trying it myself. You see, I’m a very lazy person. I love to eat and I love to cook but doing very finicky things in the kitchen is not for me. I like robust, unpretentious and delicious food. Food that takes me little time to prepare but still delivers big on flavour and character. Peeling a cherry tomato seems like the exact opposite of all of those things. Definitely not robust and quite pretentious if you ask me. I mean, I don’t even remove the seeds from my tomatoes. (what did the poor seeds do anyway? They hold all the flavour in my opinion!)

Marinated cherry tomatoes with whipped ricotta

But then I found myself yesterday afternoon, in my kitchen, carefully scoring cherry tomatoes before dropping them into a pot of boiling water, fishing them out and dunking them into a bowl filled with ice water before carefully peeling their skins off. And I loved every second. It wasn’t hard, it wasn’t finicky and it wasn’t pretentious. It made perfect sense. How would the delicious marinade penitrate the delicate tomato flesh if I didn’t remove the tough skin? And how would said tough skin taste on a deliciously toasted slice of sourdough bread with the most mouth-watering whipped and herbed ricotta? Not great, that’s what!

Marinated cherry tomatoes with whipped ricotta

The end result was exquisite (and I don’t use that word often). The flavours were perfect and even better, the textures were perfect. I’m a big ‘texture girl’. I like crunch mixed with soft and smooth and this was exactly what I got. I mean, I’m literally gushing over this ‘dish’. This very simple, very straight forward glorified version of cheese and tomato on toast. But it deserves it. Just try it, even just once. And then you can tell all your friends about the day you peeled a cherry tomato and how you would gladly do it all again!

Serves 2 as a generous lunch

250g cherry tomatoes
for the marinade
50ml olive oil
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp)
1 bay leaf, torn up
1 red chilli, roughly chopped (optional)
1 garlic clove, sliced
generous pinch of salt (I used Maldon)
generous grind of black pepper
for the whipped herbed-ricotta
100g ricotta
2 tbsp (30ml) cream
3 tbsp mixed herbs, finely chopped (I used parsley, mint, sage and thyme)
salt to taste
to serve
grilled/toasted sourdough bread

  1. To blanch the cherry tomatoes, score the bottom of each with a sharp knife. Take care not to cut to deep as you don’t want to expose the seeds.
  2. Drop the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water and allow to boil for 30 seconds before lifting them out and placing them into a bowl filled with ice water.
  3. The skins will immediately start to loosen by themselves. Carefully peel the skin off (and discard) and place the tomatoes in a bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, measuring jug, mix together all the marinade ingredients. Pour over the cherry tomatoes and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes. At this stage you can also place the tomatoes in a sterilised jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  5. To make the whipped herbed-ricotta, place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a whisk/electric mixer until well combined and airy.
  6. To serve, spread the whipped herbed-ricotta onto the grilled/toasted sourdough and top with a few of the marinated cherry tomatoes.
  7. Serve immediately.
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Showing 14 comments
  • Laura

    This is so incredibly delicious!!! Thank you so much for this recipe! I finally having something to do with the hundreds of cherry tomatoes in my garden, besides putting them in a salad! And it really was easy, surprisingly.

    • Alida Ryder

      Oh, I’m so pleased you liked this Laura. And how wonderful that you could use your very own tomatoes for this. I so wish I had a green thumb but unfortunately I simply have to look at a plant for it to die. 😉

  • Alida Ryder

    So glad you liked them Selma. Such a nice idea with the swiss chard tart!

  • Selma from Selma's Table

    Hi Alida – I just wanted to let you know that I made these and posted them on my blog, giving you full credit as well as a link. They are really delicious – last night I put them on a Swiss chard tart so they are perfect as an ingredient too! Thanks for a lovely recipe! Here is the link to my post –

  • Maggie Unzueta

    This would be a great appetizer for gameday.

    • Alida Ryder

      Indeed! It really is just a great recipe for entertaining and so handy to have in the fridge.

  • April

    What kind if red chili? Fresh or dried?

  • Tara Noland

    Doesn’t that look amazing!! Yummy!!

    • Ally_R

      Thanks Tara! It really is delicious!

  • Karen

    Looks so good! I can’t wait to try it with golden cherry tomoatoes 🙂

    • Ally_R

      I would mix the two..imagine how beautiful the colours will be together! 🙂

      • Bobbisocks

        You think so much like me it is scary, and having said that now I will have to try this finicky sounding thing as it sounds so good. The best cherry tomatoes I have ever had were at a sushi restaurant almost a year ago and they were simply cut and the cut ends pressed into black sesame seeds. I do grow Sun Gold tomatoes which are setting fruits so I will try it that way this summer. I thnk this will be an appetizer tonight for our lasagna dinner.

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