Roasted Tomatoes with Burrata + Pesto

This is summer in all its glory. Sliced bread, pesto, cheese, roasted tomatoes, a salad tossed with toasted walnuts and dried cherries. I don’t need anything else, except maybe a glass of wine.  Ok, who am I kidding… two glasses of wine.

Eric and I are spending the next few days on the Cape. It’s the first time in our six years together that we’ve spent long stretches here. Despite our crazy schedules, we’re doing our best to take periodic weeks off to enjoy the house.

Our daily routine here is more leisurely than what we’re used to.  It starts with breakfast of local eggs from a farm stand down the road or hearty bowls of homemade granola. We read the paper (the actual paper… not just articles on our iPhones). Then we lounge. There’s lounging on the deck. When we’re tired of the deck, we move to the hammock closer to the lake.  Maybe we run a few errands mid-day… just to get them out of the way.

There are fabulous lunches served, bottles of wine poured.  Of course, we need a nap after feasting.  Maybe a late-afternoon swim.  And this all leads up to gin and tonics on the dock as we watch the sunset.

Life isn’t all fun and games.  And it’s certainly not always relaxing.  But for our sanity, we need to enjoy it from time to time.  As it says so eloquently in this recent New York Times article: “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body…”

Being self-employed, I’m always “Go, go, go!” and I rarely take the opportunity to shut down and rest my brain for a bit.  And despite the work that I have to do (and will do), I’m going to take this time to refresh my soul.  So, this weekend, let’s be idle.  Take some time for yourself.  Power off.  Have breakfast in bed.  Take a nap in a lounge chair or on the couch.  Be lazy.

Roasted Tomatoes with Burrata + Pesto

serves 4-6


For the Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

2 pints cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper


For the Pesto:

2 cups basil

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup olive oil

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Salt and Pepper



1 baguette, sliced

Special Tools:

Food processor



1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cover a large baking pan with aluminum foil.

2. Add the tomatoes to a bowl and toss with olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.

3. Spread the tomatoes out on the baking pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.

4. While they are roasting, place all of the ingredients for the pesto in the bowl of a food processor and blend to combine.

5. Once the tomatoes are done cooking, remove them from the oven and let cool.

6. To assemble, spread a teaspoon of pesto across the bread, followed by a hunk of buratta and one or two roasted tomatoes.

  • July 5, 2012 - 12:56 am

    SteffanyF - Um, can I just say delicious? I’m roasting some tomatoes tomorrow. YOU CAN’T STOP ME! I hope you have the best time relaxing on the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 1:01 am

    Baker Street - Your pictures are just stunning, Bri! This surely would have made for a delicious meal. Hope you and E have a fantastic time. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 1:04 am

    trishie - The simplicity and yumminess of this is making me soooo hungry!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 6:15 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I absolutely love burrata! This recipe is lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 6:33 am

    Joanne - I’m so glad you’re taking time to just LIVE. You deserve it. These sandwiches sound like the perfect relaxation food. Burrata is a dream of a cheese and roasted tomatoes are beyond amazing. the perfect combination!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 8:51 am

    Maria - It doesn’t get any better than this!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 8:54 am

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - Love this Burrata Brian! Too good!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Sarah Klinkowitz - This is food almost at its simplest! Am in love with the combo,can completely imagine eating this! Excellent!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 9:28 am

    Winnie - There’s nothing better than burrata served like this! ps yay for being lazy :)ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - This really is the perfect summertime meal! Enjoy your time at the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Alicia - Yum! Enjoy your weekend on the Cape! Taking time for yourself and “recharging” is so important.ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Stephanie - So simple. Enjoy your break!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Denise - I hear you on going, going, going. We recently decided to take small opportunities to get away when we can squeeze in that time, as well. We just took a camping trip, during the week, no one else was around and it was bliss. We had so much fun doing nothing but laughing and enjoying each other. Have to seize those chances when they present themselves!!!

    Love the combo of burrata and roasted tomatoes. We have been roasting tomatoes like crazy and putting them in everything from pizzas to salads. Will have to make these little appetizers soon –ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - Gorgeous! This definitely falls into my pregnancy eats [minus the gluten].ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet - I love this post darlin! You are soooo right. Idle time, is essential! The roasted tomatoes look like heaven. Enjoy your weekend!!


  • July 5, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Bunkycooks - I could not agree with you more. Taking some time away from being hooked up non-stop while we were in Europe was refreshing. We all need to take a break, enjoy the people in the room with us (and the great outdoors) and take in all that life has to offer. It is good for the mind and the soul! Have fun and enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    Kristen - Unplugging and getting back to basics is so essential sometimes. Our bodies and minds need it more than we probably know.
    This recipe looks amazing – a taste of summer, indeed!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2012 - 10:56 pm

    JulieD - Good for you for taking the time out to relax…I need to learn how to do that. :) This recipe looks so gorgeous, Brian, and so simple and so tasty. I need this in my life right now!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Linda - Your time off sounds wonderful. And tomatoes, burrata, and pesto sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Jeanette - I love the idea of roasting tomatoes for this beautiful summer appetizer. Burrata is hard to come by around here, but I’m going to keep looking.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 9:35 am

    RavieNomNoms - Wow, this looks amazing!! What a nice thing to have with a glass of red wine…yum!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 10:07 am

    TidyMom - Love this combo!! Have fun!!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Sommer@ASP - Brian, I honestly can’t think of a single things that sounds more wonderful than this right now!! Now how to I incorporate this into breakfast….ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 10:58 am

    Denise @ TLT - How I love burrata…that creamy goodness! Love your gorgeous pictures and your description of unwinding and enjoying simple pleasures. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    joy - This is perfect for a lazy afternoon 😀ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - This makes me miss my summers spent on Long Beach Island (I’m originally from NJ). Lazy days filled with delicious Italian food :) Enjoy your time on the Cape!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Kathy - Panini Happy - This is one of my *favorite* treats right now. I’m so excited when I see it on a menu, it definitely gets ordered. I only wish I could find burrata more easily around here, but I can usually at least get it at Whole Foods.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Sounds perfect, enjoy your weekend and have a glass of wine for me!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    Toni @ Boulder Locavore - Brian the food and photos are of course gorgeous as always but your narrative is like medicine to me! Why is it so hard to take time to relax? It’s like a new sport, ‘relaxing’. I love the picture you painted and will soak that in, dreaming of it as I rise at 5 a.m. to spend the better part of the day at a swim meet with my kids. No breakfast in bed….or even served in a lounge chair poolside. Lovely post.ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 12:14 am

    Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand - Hope you get time to recharge your batteries!
    Your way of relaxing sounds great and delicious to me. Beautiful photos :-)ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 12:38 am

    DB-The Foodie Stuntman - Glad you found time to relax and I love basil pesto. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 9:04 am

    On the Menu - Pursuit of Healthfulness - […] A Thought For Food: Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto […]ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 9:56 am

    rebekka - I love burrata, but we don’t really have a great source for it in Nashville, which is sad. Meanwhile, I’ll live vicariously through these photos!


  • July 7, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    The Wimpy Vegetarian - This just screams summer to me. I think so many of us are on the same page right now – needing to exhale, relax, be ‘agendaless’ for a day, or for a week or two. Congrats on Top 9!!ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Chef Dennis - Great advice Brian, we all need to take time to relax and enjoy life. I think too many people forget that we work to live, not the other way around.
    Love those roasted tomatoes, and the burrata was a perfect choice to accompany them!ReplyCancel

  • July 7, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - I totally agree with you, Brian. For the first time in as long as I can recall, I “unplugged” for a few days earlier this week and it really was amazing and completely necessary. So glad you and E are able to enjoy that time together and appreciate life. This recipe looks amazing, simple and flavourful. It reminds me of what I grew up eating with my Mom & Dad. xoReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Amy @ fragrantvanillacake - This sounds amazing! Burrata is uniquely rich, and it would be so perfect with the flavorful roasted tomatoes and pesto! What a wonderful dish to enjoy out on the patio in the summer ;)!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    MikeVFMK - Simple is so often better. But not just better, more like brilliant. The flavours would create a taste familiar and welcome. And i’m glad you two have taken some time to connect by disconnecting, choosing instead the company of each other and foods like this. Happy summer indeed.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    amelia from z tasty life - there is something about reading “the actual paper” and “idling” that definitively builds up our immune system. This lunch is EXACTLY what I would be eating on a lazy dayReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Cara - I love that you’re grabbing relaxation by the horns: go go go! Doesn’t hurt that your burrata + tomato + pesto + baguette is the most beautiful lunch.ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2012 - 3:28 pm

    Liren - The actual paper? Ah, that in itself is bliss. To feel it in your hands, to skillfully fold it so you can read an article at your leisure! Ah. But to be at the cape and allowing yourself time to decompress, that is a wonderful luxury, and you deserve to pamper yourself. Hope you both had a relaxing time.

    Burrata and roasted tomatoes, my goodness, there’s nothing better!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2012 - 7:16 pm

    Shari - gorgeous! Your photos are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    sp - This is a great recipe for vegans as well. I cannot wait to prepare and eat it. Yum, thank you much!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    brandi - roasted tomatoes are my candy, all summer long. and then i freeze them for fall/winter/spring because i can’t get enough. i love how simple and gorgeous this is.ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2012 - 8:12 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnn!. . . I LOVES me some Burrata! (especially when it’s combined with Pesto, Tomato, and bread.

    ¡Viva Cape Cod!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Joan - This…I could eat every day.ReplyCancel

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  • January 24, 2013 - 2:32 am

    Order in the Kitchen - This looks so easy to make and scrumptious! 6 steps and it’s ready? I think I could eat this all day, especially a day of just relaxing! I rarely get those so I understand the feeling but sometimes those days of really doing almost nothing are the best, and the next day you wake up feeling totally different!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Ed Batzer - Many thanks a bunch for posting!ReplyCancel

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