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Tue, Sep 18 2012 post by Julie From juliesfoodlove.blogspot

Basil Tomato Rolls

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one? We call it delicious ~ Julie @ http://www.juliesfoodlove.com/ has step by step instruction...

Basil Tomato Rolls

I love this time of year.  The weather is still warm in the day and starting to cool down at night.  My small garden is producing tomatoes and herbs like nobodies business.  I just love fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden.  This recipe combines both. 

I'm sure this would be good with tomatoes from the grocery store.  I think I'd even try it with canned tomatoes.  But hurry up and try it with fresh from the garden tomatoes.  There are still plenty of tomatoes and fresh basil to be found at farmers markets or even from your neighbors. 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one 
Basil Tomato Rolls

18 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
    0r 1 1/2 loaves of bread dough
5 Tablespoons fresh, chopped basil
1 1/2 cups shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons ground pepper, divided
4 cups medium tomatoes, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sugar


A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one
Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Combine dough and roll out into a 12x18 inch rectangle.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one
Meanwhile, chop tomatoes and place in a colander to drain.  You may even want to squeeze a little bit of the juice out.

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one
Next combine basil, cheese, oil and 1 teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl.

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one

Remove plastic wrap from dough and spread with the basil mixture.  I must admit at this stage I'm tempted to sprinkle the tomatoes on top and bake it like a pizza.  I might try that one day.  But for now, continue on with the instructions.

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one

Roll up jelly roll style (or sweet roll or even cinnamon roll style-whatever you call it at your house) and cut it into 12 equal pieces.

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one

Combine drained tomatoes, 1 teaspoon pepper and sugar and arrange evenly in the bottom of a sprayed 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one

Top with basil filled rolls. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and allow to rise for about an hour. 

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one

Remove plastic wrap and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  Loosely cover with foil for the last 5-10 minutes of baking, if necessary to prevent over browning. 

 

A perfect blend of fresh tomatoes & basil paired up with Parmesan cheese all swirled into one
Let rest 5 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter.

I love the cheesy, tomato savory taste of these rolls.  If you love tomatoes and basil, you will too.


Posted in Appetizers, Julie
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Basil Tomato Rolls

Servings: 12 | Skills: Intermediate | Prep Time: 30 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 30 min

Take advantage of ripe garden tomatoes with these savory Basil and Tomato Rolls.

Basil Tomato Rolls
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Ingredients

18 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
5 tablespoons fresh, chopped basil
1 1/2 cups shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper, divided
4 medium tomatoes, chopped & seeded
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Combine rolls together and roll into a 12x18-inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 10-15 minutes.

Combine basil, cheese, oil, 1 teaspoon pepper and set aside. Place tomatoes in a colander to drain. Remove wrap from dough and spread evenly with basil mixture.

Roll up jelly roll style and cut into 12 equal pieces. Combine drained tomatoes, remaining teaspoon pepper and sugar and arrange evenly in the bottom of a sprayed 9x13-inch baking pan.

Top with basil filled rolls, cut side down. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 1 hour.

Remove wrap and bake on lower shelf at 350°F 25-30 minutes. Cover with foil last 5-10 minutes of baking if necessary to prevent over browning. Cool 5 minutes and invert onto a serving platter.

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