Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa’s new cookbook, “Foolproof” came out last fall. I’d bookmarked lots of the recipes, but hadn’t had a chance to try any of them, until now. The first recipe I tried was the Provencal Cherry Tomato Gratin. I’ve always loved adding cherry/grape tomatoes at the end of a batch of roasted vegetables – love those little pops of flavor !! In this recipe, the tomatoes are the star. I can see this becoming a new favorite side during the summer, when the tomatoes are in season. Since this can be served warm (or hot), I can also see this as a nice change at a potluck.
Now, in the spirit of transparency, I did not have any breadcrumbs for the topping. (Don’t you hate it when you’re missing an ingredient?!) So, I used herb stuffing mix instead of the olive oil and breadcrumb mixture and added minced garlic to the tomatoes instead of the topping. While it worked out, I did have to cover the dish with foil before the end of the baking time, to avoid overbrowning. So, I’d recommend using the breadcrumbs, as indicated in Ina’s original recipe below.