Tomato and Goat Cheese Cobbler

Tomato and Goat Cheese Cobbler Recipe

Baker and author Zoe Nathan says that this cherry tomato and goat cheese cobbler recipe is one of her favorite summer breakfasts. I get that. I do. Tomato, thyme, goat cheese—all warm-weather flavors. And though neither The One nor I are big fans of tomatoes for breakfast, we’ve already found plenty of non-morning ways to serve this spectacular gem of a recipe.

One such occasion was last night, when we whipped this up to usher in our first autumn dinner. (Even though, seasonally speaking, we have seven more days until fall, the weather in Roxbury this weekend had us reaching for sweatshirts and scarves as we sat around the fire pit.) The cobbler was pretty in our fresh-off-the-assembly-line Fiesta bowls in lemongrass, scarlet, lapis, and shamrock. It was the opening act for a superb fennel-crusted roast pork loin with apples and onions.

To say our guests, Carlotta and Ed, were speechless is an understatement. And that’s saying a lot about Carlotta, the mockingbird of our circle. The tomatoes were so sweet, it felt as if we were eating a fruit cobbler. (And, yes, I do know that tomatoes are fruits.) Yet it was the savory elements—the goat cheese, thyme, pepper—that made this so extraordinary. There was a bit of umami flavor going on in there. Oh, and there’s the wonder that is Zoe’s biscuit topping. My, oh my, my, my. (I may have snuck a few extra biscuits while I was in the kitchen cleaning up in between courses. And that’s something between me and my Weight Watchers points, thank you very much.)

Suffice it to say, The One and I will continue making this cobbler far into autumn and even winter, so long as good produce can be found. Yes, I will burn in hell for causing a bigger carbon footprint than necessary by eating tomatoes harvested in Chile or Peru, but if this recipe is on our menu, I’m willing to take the chance. When it comes to this cobbler, this guy’s soul is for sale.

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Tomato and Goat Cheese Cobbler

The loveliness incarnate that created this recipe, Zoe Nathan, had a little something extra to say about this cobbler: “It won’t look or feel like a traditional deep-dish cobbler, because it’s made in a skillet and there isn’t an overabundance of tomatoes. Think of it more as a shallow-dish cobbler.” That’s what she said.–David Leite

Tomato and Goat Cheese Cobbler Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 3 H
  • Serves 4


  • For the biscuit topping
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (130 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cold buttermilk
  • For the tomato filling
  • 2 pounds (1 kilogram) red and yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Leaves from 8 to 10 thyme sprigs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Healthy pinch freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) soft goat cheese, crumbled


  • Make the biscuit topping
  • 1. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Dump in the butter cubes. Using a pastry blender, work the butter until you have pea- to lima bean-size pieces. (If you have particularly cold hands, you can use your fingertips.) Drizzle in the buttermilk and toss the mixture with a fork until it’s evenly moistened.
  • 2. Plop the dough on a clean work surface. Press and squeeze the dough until it begins to hold together. (If you tossed it well with the fork, this should be a cinch. If you see dry spots, it’s best to use the fork to mix the dough instead of your hands. Whatever you do, don’t overwork the dough.) When all is said and done, you should still see pea-size bits of butter running through the dough.
  • 3. Shape the dough into a disc about 3/4 inch (2 centimeters) thick. Using a 1 1/2 inch (4 centimeter) biscuit cutter, cut out 9 biscuits. Gently gather the dough scraps together, press them into a slab again, and cut out more biscuits. (I was able to get 15 biscuits.) Transfer the biscuits to a baking sheet and slide them in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. (You can stash the biscuits in a resealable plastic bag and freeze them for up to 3 months to simplify throwing the cobbler together at the last minute easy. You’ll want to allow them a little extra time to thaw a little after taking them out of the freezer and before baking them.)
  • Make the tomato filling
  • 4. Crank your oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • 5. Toss the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, half the thyme, salt, and pepper in an ovenproof skillet. (I used a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and it worked marvelously.) Cover the skillet and cook on the stovetop over medium-high heat until the tomatoes begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover the skillet and continue cooking until all the tomatoes have burst slightly and released their juices.
  • 6. Remove the biscuits from the freezer and generously brush the tops with the egg wash. Place them on top of the tomato mixture in the skillet, spacing them 1 inch (2 1/2 centimeters) apart.
  • 7. Bake the cobbler for 25 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and dot the goat cheese between the biscuits, covering any exposed tomato mixture. Return the whole shebang to the oven, bump up the heat to 450°F (232°C) and continue baking until the top is nicely browned, about 10 minutes more. Scatter the remaining thyme over the top and serve the cobbler warm or at room temperature, scooping the cobbler straight from the skillet at the table. If you’re like me, you’ll want to gild each serving with an extra crank or so freshly ground black pepper. The cobbler is best eaten the day it’s made. (Like it could ever make it to another day.)
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  1. Cynthia Smith says:

    I’ve been jonesing for a good fresh, hot tomato dish and I think I finally found it…can’t wait to try it as soon as I get to the market…Thanks, David!

  2. James says:

    Oh I’ll be trying this for sure! Looks SO amazing!


    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Love to hear that, James! Thanks for the pin and for taking the time to let us know. Kindly drop back to tell us what you think after you make it…

  3. Carrie says:

    This is a truly outrageous and genius iteration of a cobbler. Thank you for posting this recipe. Wondering how GF flour would hold up in the cobbler–I’ve not cobbled one together before, heh, heh.

    • David Leite says:

      Carrie, it is genius, ain’t it? I’m not a GFer myself, but I think it would hold up. I know Shauna Ahern over at Gluten-Free Girl is thinking of adapting it.

  4. Wow, this looks amazing. The concept is so simple and yet novel as well. Northwest heirloom tomatoes are in, and I can’t wait to make this. Might have to make the pork loin too. :-)

  5. MACEA TAYLOR says:

    The Tomato and Goat Cheese Cobbler looks good. I need more vegetarian recipes.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Lovely to hear from you, Macea. Thanks so much for taking a moment to leave your kind words. As for your request, may we tempt you with these vegetarian recipes?

      • MACEA TAYLOR says:

        Thank you, I’m looking forward to browsing; those vegetarian recipes look good. An iPad Mini wouldn’t be bad; I’d love to store my recipes and look up whatever I need from anywhere.

        • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

          Ah, I see you found the giveaways, Macea. Yep, we love the iPad and the iPad Mini for their recipe-organizing abilities. As for getting one for yourself, you know what they say. You can’t win if you don’t play!

  6. SoberJulie says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’m in the need of an appetizer to bring to our Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations this weekend and you’ve enabled me to SHOCK them all.

  7. David, this is fabulous! My tomatoes are done now, but some of next year’s crop will definitely be going into a cobbler.

  8. a good friend gifted me with the huckleberry cookbook last spring and while i’ve mostly focused on the different scone recipes within its pages, last night i made this cobbler. O.M.Gawd!!!! SO DELICIOUS!!!! i subbed oat flour for whole wheat and added a generous handful of sundried tomatoes to the fresh. served it with grilled chicken. i also think it would be divine topped with a fried egg or with bacon mixed into the tomatoes. or added to the biscuits! hey-yay!

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