If you follow the link you’ll discover this young Gorgonzola came to us from Sardinia via Acton.
Roasted Tomato and Gorgonzola Tarts with Balsamic Vinegar Caramel
Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 3 hours drying
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Skill level: easy
Serves: 4 as a starter or 2 as a main
Recipe: Way’ro website
- 8 plum tomatoes – halved lengthways
- Abel & Cole Gorgonzola Dolce (other brands available) – crumbled or sliced – 125g
- wild rocket – 25g
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- puff pastry – 375g
- granulated sugar – 75g
- balsamic vinegar – 3 tbsp
- black olives – roughly chopped and pitted – 25g
- extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
Pre-heat the oven to 140 C / gas mark 1.
Put the tomatoes cut side up on a baking tray lined with baking paper, season and sprinkle with the rosemary needles.
Leave in the oven for 3 hours until semi-dried – this can be done the day before.
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6.
Roll and cut the pastry into 13cm/5″ circles. Place these on a baking tray lined with baking paper and then cover with more baking paper.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Meanwhile, put the sugar in a small pan along with 3 tbsp of water and heat until dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook to a deep golden colour. Take off the heat and add the vinegar along with another 2 tbsp of cold water. Return to the heat and stir until the caramel is smooth.
Next divide the tomatoes onto the pastry, scatter with the olives and Gorgonzola, and return to the oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Remove from the oven, scatter with the rocket and drizzle with the olive oil followed by the balsamic caramel mixture.
Verdict: Wow, what a difference a good bit of cheese and some slooooooooow cooked tomatoes makes. A very tasty dinner, melty blue cheese with flavour without overpowering the toms, yum, these did not last long.
Drink: A crisp white of Spanish origin from the shop, the Spanish wine fixation continues apace.
Entertainment: The new series of Shooting Stars, it makes us laugh. The sight of Gregg Wallace in tights with dangling sticky balls will stay with us, possibly for too long.