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    Herby Roast Tomatoes with Crispy Breadcrumbs and a Caper Dressing

    Full-flavoured English tomatoes with thyme and garlic breadcrumbs make a tasty vegetarian starter.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 8 large English vine tomatoes, halved
    • 1 tsp caster sugar
    • 15g pack fresh thyme, leaves removed
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 50g Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients A Handful of Bread Crumbs
    • ½ x 20g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
    • 55g bag organic roquette
    • For the dressing
    • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed


    1. Preheat the oven to 180º°C, gas mark 4. Place the tomatoes on a baking tray cut-side up and sprinkle with the sugar. Scatter over the thyme leaves and half the garlic, drizzle with the tablespoon of olive oil and season. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until softened and juicy, then remove from the oven.
    2. Meanwhile, heat a dry non-stick frying pan and add the breadcrumbs. Cook over a gentle heat with the remaining garlic for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the crumbs are golden. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Stir in the parsley.
    3. Mix together the ingredients for the dressing. Season with a little freshly ground black pepper. Toss the rocket very lightly in some of the dressing and place a mound in the centres of 4 serving plates. Arrange 4 roast tomato halves on each plate.
    4. Spoon a little extra dressing around the tomatoes and then scatter the breadcrumb topping over. Serve immediately, or leave the tomatoes to cool then serve as a cold salad.

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    Cook's tips

    The tomatoes can be cooked up to 24 hours ahead then kept covered in the fridge until needed. Serve at room temperature.

    Add a pinch of dried chillies to the salad dressing for extra flavour.


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