Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45-60 minutes
We has a really beautiful spring day a couple of days ago, which as is traditional for the English Lake District, went as soon as it came. However, it was so lovely that it made salad eating a must. It was from then I had some left over beautiful, sweet cherry tomatoes. They looked a little sorry for themselves sat in my fridge and needed a transformation, so here is what they became.
Oven Roasted Cherry Tomato, Black Garlic & Caper Bud Bruschetta
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves white garlic, finely chopped
2 cloves black garlic, finely chopped
Drizzle olive oil
1 tsp caper berries, well rinsed
Pinch of dried mixed herbs
45 mins - 1 hour
Add all of the ingredients into a low sided dish.
Place in a pre-heated oven.
I recommend cooking them slowly to allow all the delicious individual flavours to party away in the oven making a wonderful, tasty combination.
Serve on toasted crusty French bread.
Caper buds have a unique, piquant flavour and are the flowering buds of the caper shrub. They work extremely well with cherry tomatoes to make a beautiful mediterranian inspired snack or starter. The black garlic is really something special. it can be eaten raw, and it doesn't give you the smelly garlic breath. It does however, provide an almost balsamic flavour to the dish.
I have called the dish a bruchetta as it has the chunkiness of the bread. You could also serve it on daintier slices of toast and it would then be called crostini.
A little about capers.
Being flower buds, capers are in fact very low in calories, 23 calories per 100 g. However, the spice contains many phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins essential for health.
The spicy buds contain healthy levels of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin K, niacin (which helps to lower LDL cholesterol) and riboflavin.
Furthermore, minerals like calcium, iron and copper are present in them. However, I always give them a really good rinse when using from the jar as the preservation process uses salt.