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Bread and Tomato au Gratin Recipe with Bacon & Blue Cheese

Crispy bread, soft summer tomatoes with parmesan, bacon & blue cheese combine to make this au gratin recipe the only one you will ever want!

 

Crispy bread, soft summer tomatoes with parmesan, bacon & blue cheese combine to make this au gratin recipe the only au gratin you will ever want!

I’m starting to see fall recipes trickling in. Blogs that I follow, magazines on stands, even as I’m shopping and trying to decide what to make. School is rapidly approaching which always signals the end of summer even if the weather doesn’t agree. I’m not quite ready to ditch the peaches, tomatoes and fresh corn, however. No, there’s plenty of time for hot stews and pumpkin flavors. I’m holding on to summer until the last tomato is picked.

My parents delivered more tomatoes to me, as did a former neighbor who stopped by for a quick visit. Some of the tomatoes were yellow and red cherry tomatoes, most of which were enjoyed as I’d walk by and grab a handful. I did manage to salvage enough to make this au gratin dish that I’d been dreaming up for the past few weeks or so.

Crispy bread, soft summer tomatoes with parmesan, bacon & blue cheese combine to make this au gratin recipe the only au gratin you will ever want!

I wanted an au gratin recipe that showcased the tomatoes without a lot of cream and cheese. I absolutely loved the Smoky Summer Corn and Tomato Au Gratin recipe I posted last week but I’d had my fill (I ate almost all of it myself for lunches throughout the week). This au gratin recipe needed to have completely different flavors as well as a different texture which could only come from whole cherry tomatoes.

The crispy bites of bread in this au gratin combined with the warm, soft tomatoes is absolutely to die for. I waited to add the blue cheese and bacon until the very end so the bacon would stay nice and crispy.

Crispy bread, soft summer tomatoes with parmesan, bacon & blue cheese combine to make this au gratin recipe the only au gratin you will ever want!

Definitely garnish your au gratin with a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley, it makes a huge difference in presentation. The second photo above doesn’t have the parsley and it doesn’t really “pop” without it. Not that it doesn’t still look delicious, especially in person! I had no problem eating them, parsley or no parsley. It just always amazes me that those little touches make such a big difference.

 

Crispy bread, soft summer tomatoes with parmesan, bacon & blue cheese combine to make this au gratin recipe the only au gratin you will ever want!

Bread and Tomato au Gratin with Bacon & Blue Cheese

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 baguette, cut into small bite-sized pieces (about 6 inches from a long, thin french baguette)
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Spray a pie dish or individual gratin dishes with cooking spray.
  3. Place the bread cubes with the tomatoes, garlic, parmesan, salt & pepper in a bowl. Add olive oil and toss until thoroughly combined. Place in baking dish, cover and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove gratins from oven and top with blue cheese and bacon. Continue baking uncovered for another 10-15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.
bread and tomato au gratin nutrition label

 

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Wednesday 9th of December 2015

[…] punch. And we all know how well balsamic goes with bacon and blue cheese. Even when it’s not in a salad it’s a great combination. You could add some of your other favorite toppings to this chopped […]

mymansbelly

Friday 30th of January 2015

Oh how I miss fresh, in season, tomatoes. Droooooolllllll.

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 30th of January 2015

You & me both, MMB!

Jennifer Farley

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

I love all of the colors and flavors you have going on here!

the wicked noodle

Thursday 28th of August 2014

Thanks, Jennifer :)

Joyti

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Wow, this sounds INCREDIBLE!

the wicked noodle

Thursday 28th of August 2014

Thanks so much, Joyti!

Minnie

Thursday 21st of August 2014

This dish looks positively royal. Bacon and blue cheese....yummmm

the wicked noodle

Monday 25th of August 2014

Thanks, Minnie!

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