A deep sadness hits me like a wall of wallow every year when the teeny tiny cherry tomatoes go into hibernation. There is nothing I love more than the sun infused, citrusy burst of biting into a taut little garden fresh tomato. Year after year, in a fleeting effort, I scramble to make something extra special with those juicy jewels before they go. This year, I developed this Cherry Tomato Cobbler with Cheddar Everything Biscuits to commiserate the fleeting bounty of the summer season. Sadness never tasted better.
If I sound dramatic, you should know I am on the 5th straight day of not leaving the house due to hazardous air quality caused by the unfathomable wildfires that have swept all of the west coast this week. During a pandemic. So how about we turn on the sunshine and talk tomatoes!
Every year during that transition between late summer and early fall, I panic and make all things tomato. I just can't get enough of those seasonal beauties. I've got a whole list of tomato inspired recipes designed around this in between season. And it continues to grow every year.
Late Summer & Early Fall Tomato Recipes
- Cherry Tomato Confit
- BLT Galette with Pecorino Pepper Crust
- Cacio e Pepe with Cherry Tomatoes
- Tomato Confit & Burrata Crostini
- Eggs On A Raft with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes
- Tomato Confit Burrata and Arugula Pizza
Now I am adding this Cherry Tomato Cobbler with Everything Biscuits recipe to the list! I know, when you think cobbler, you likely think Peach Cobbler or Berry Cobbler. Tomato Cobbler isn't the first thing to come to mind. But maybe it should be. I went all in on the savory scale with this recipe for Cherry Tomato Cobbler with Cheddar Everything Biscuits and it is everything!
After testing this recipe a few times, I found that roasting the cherry tomatoes first helped break them down. They turned from a watery filling to jammier texture, not weighed down by moisture. Roasting the cherry tomatoes helped to deepen the flavor. They are imbued with the earthy onion, garlic and thyme while they roast. The olive oil adds richness to the mixture, rounding out the acidity of the tomatoes. It may sound like a lot of work but roasting the cherry tomatoes is just a matter of tossing the ingredients on a sheet pan and letting it go in the oven.
The baby everything biscuits come together while the cherry tomatoes roast away. These tender, little biscuits are equally fluffy and crumbly with buttery bits mingling beside shreds of sharp cheddar cheese. The savory biscuits are loaded with texture and topped with super savory everything bagel seasoning. The itty bitty biscuits are easy to mix together and look downright adorable when they get snuggled in atop the rich cherry tomato filling.
It all comes together in a single skillet. First the roasted cherry tomatoes get nestled into the skillet. Then they are topped with the biscuits, buttered up and sprinkled with everyones favorite, everything bagel seasoning. They bake together in the oven. The biscuits rise as the tomatoes begin to burst and break down. The dueling textures end up being best buds once they emerge from the oven. The everything biscuits soak up some of the rich and smooth tomato flavor on the bottom with a crisp and crumbly top. They work so well together.
I am head over heels for this Cherry Tomato Cobbler with Cheddar Everything Biscuits recipe, but I may be biased based on my deep affinity for cherry tomatoes. However, my traditionally tomato averse friend Troy was obsessed with this cobbler. He literally messaged me and said this was the best tomato thingy he's ever had in his life. How's that for an endorsement?!
Summer, before you go and take my beloved tomato season with you, please allow me to bake this savory and seasonal Cherry Tomato Cobbler with Cheddar Everything Biscuits one last time. Thank you for all that you provide. See ya next year!