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Early Girl Tomato Toast

Early Girl Tomato Toast

Tomatoes Are “Meh”

You know, I never used to be fond of tomatoes. I mean, sure, there was always a good spaghetti sauce growing up that everyone loves, but eating tomatoes raw just wasn’t my thing. I didn’t really care for them much in burgers and I definitely didn’t appreciate them in salads. Then I became a Vegan.  And it’s so crazy how your taste buds change when you shift to a plant-based diet, in where now I truly appreciate a tomato for what it is. They are pure umami bombs! Well, at least that’s how I think of them now.

This once weird fruit that seemed too mushy for comfort to me back then, now has me always searching for the best tomatoes I can find.  I roam around the farmer’s markets testing everyone’s cherry tomatoes before making my purchase.  It’s not because I’m being picky, but because I’ve realized what a great tomato should taste like and why should we settle for less?

Fresh Produce

We don’t always have the option to go to fetch fresh tomatoes at the farmer’s markets, so in comes Trader Joe’s with their selection of Organic Early Girl Tomatoes from Jacobs Farm! 

early girl tomato

These tomatoes were actually super tasting just by themselves, but for a morning toast, I tend to look for something a touch more savory.  To bring out the savoriness in tomatoes, all we have to do is add some salt and throw them in the oven for roasting! The sugars release, and all the juices start bursting out of the fruit…it’s a quite romantic process if I must say.

I decided to roast these tomatoes with some garlic and rosemary which always go great with tomatoes and toast!

Tomato and rosemary

Seasoning Is Key

To prepare the rosemary, I give a generous sprinkle of salt and finely chop it up with the rosemary so that it pulls out all of those natural oils from the herb. I’ll also add in the garlic shortly after and give it one nice mince together.

rosemary salt

Then, simply add some extra virgin olive oil and toss it together to prepare them for the oven.

I like to use foil and just create somewhat of a box shape out of it to trap all the juices of the tomatoes once they roast.

oven roasted tomatoes

Popping them in the oven at 365 degrees for about 20 minutes should be enough time to yield a great tasting roast tomato.  When they are done roasting, you can stick a small knife in them to test the tenderness or just look for a lot of liquid coming out of them.

Great Rustic Bread

Equally important for a savory breakfast toast is of course the bread. I love TJ’s organic pain pascal bread which is 100% whole wheat.

Pain Pascal Rustic Bread

To prepare the bread, simply brush some olive oil on them, and get a nice heat going on your grill pan. The smokiness of the grill pan searing that olive oil on the bread is what makes any breakfast toast amazing!

Grilled rustic bread

Having patience for grilled bread is super important. Because while we don’t want to completely burn it, we don’t want it under grilled either. Once the bread’s done, after about 3-4 minutes, we’ll lay down 2 tomatoes on each slice of bread and mash it with a spoon.

Smashed Tomato

It should mash super easily and spread like a jam. Now that’s my jam!


You should smell all of those amazing rosemary and garlic aromas from the tomatoes now. For the final touches, we’ll grab a few fresh leaves of basil and give a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast. If you’ve followed me for the past couple of months, you know I just can’t get enough of my nutritional yeast!

Nutritional Yeast

Early girl tomato toast

If you really want to finish everything off with something special, then take a little bit of that roasted tomato juice and olive oil and drizzle it over the toast. You’ll have yourself the best breakfast feast that’s so simple and mad flavorful!

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Print Recipe
Roasted Early Girl Tomato Toast
Roasted Early Girl Tomatoes seasoned with rosemary and garlic, spread over a rustic grilled bread.
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
  1. Rinse early girl tomatoes and dry with paper towel. Place in medium mixing bowl to season. Chop rosemary with 1/2 tbsp of salt to extract oils and blend. Add in garlic to rosemary salt and continue to mince until fine.
  2. Mix rosemary garlic salt into bowl with 2 tbsp olive oil to coat each tomato. Place tomatoes in tin foil fold on baking pan. Preheat oven to 365 degrees and roast tomatoes for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush olive oil over bread slices and coat each side. Once grill pan is hot, lay down bread and grill for 2 minutes on each side or until there are nice grill marks.
  4. Place two early girl tomatoes on each slice of bread and smash with a spoon. Spread tomato out to cover bread. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and add a few leaves of basil. To finish, drizzle 1/2 tbsp of roasted tomato juice over toast and enjoy!

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