Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

I love every single thing about this dish. The way my house smelt the entire time I was making it. Turning mediocre or out of season tomatoes into something magical. The salty, slightly spicy tang of the biscuits. The smoky, sweet, robust flavor of the bacon and onions. The contrast of the fresh basil with all the deep flavors.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

I simply loved this dish, even the presentation of bright vegetables peaking through warm fluffy biscuits. You could serve it as a side dish or take it to a potluck, but honestly for us it was a simple Spring Supper we enjoyed solo with a crisp glass of Rosé wine. It was perfect and I’d most certainly make it again and look forward to trying it with blue cheese biscuits one day (as it’s made on the originating recipe here).  For my vegetarian readers, please substitute the bacon out and use olive oil and/or butter to cook your onions, but I highly recommend adding at least 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the vinegar – the smokiness really took this flavor combo over the top!

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits

TOMATO COBBLER with MANCHEGO-JALAPENO BISCUITS

Print a copy of this recipe HERE

For the Filling:

  • 4 rashers of smoky bacon, we prefer Nueske’s 
    or 2 tablespoons olive oil/butter
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 pounds assorted cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper, to taste

For the Biscuits:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Crisco
  • 1 stick of butter, frozen and grated
    plus one tablespoon for frying peppers
  • 1 or 2 jalapeños, to taste
  • 3 large eggs (2 eggs for dough; 1 egg for egg-wash)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4-6 ounces Manchego cheese, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon of milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

In a medium pan over medium heat cook bacon rashers, reserving oil to caramelize onions.  Cut up bacon and set aside.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Add sliced onions, brown sugar, and season with salt and pepper.  Cook and brown onions, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 18 to 20 minutes.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Add minced garlic and cook for one minute more.   Remove pan from heat, add balsamic vinegar and set aside.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

In a 8×8 inch or similar baking dish, toss together clean whole cherry tomatoes, chopped basil, bacon, flour, and red pepper flakes.
I used a combination of red (cherry & grape), yellow, orange, and black tomatoes.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits March 19-20 food 078

Add caramelized onions and toss together. Bake for 25 minutes uncovered. Prepare biscuit dough while the filling is baking.

Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits

In a small pan sauté jalapeno in 1 Tablespoon of butter for 2-3 minutes, until soft and set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and blend. Toss cheese, peppers, and 1-2 Tablespoons of flour mixture together and set aside.  Cut Crisco and grated frozen butter into flour. Whisk eggs and cream together and gently stir into flour mixture until combined. Fold in cheese mixture and knead a couple times, just until flour is incorporated.

Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits

Turn onto a lightly floured work surface, roll out biscuit dough into a 3/4 or 1-inch thickness and cut out biscuits. I went for adorable tiny 1 1/2″ biscuits – large ones would be dandy too. 

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Remove the partially cooked filling from the oven and carefully place biscuits atop the tomato filling in the pan. 

Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits  Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Brush biscuit tops with egg wash of 1 egg plus 1 Tablespoon of milk.

Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits

(Reshape and re-roll excess biscuit dough to make extra biscuits at another time or bake separately to serve with cobbler. I stuck some in my waffle maker and heavens to Betsey was it good!)

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Return warm filling and biscuit dough to oven and bake for an additional 17-20 minutes, until the biscuits are baked and brown, and the tomato mixture is bubbling.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Tomato Cobbler is best served warm.

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits Tomato Cobbler with Manchego-Jalapeno Biscuits | Rich tomatoes, smoky bacon, balsamic caramelized onions topped with warm homemade biscuits

Savory cobbler is the bee’s knees,
ApronClad

Special thanks to Alisa of FamilyMealBlog.com for inspiring me to try this dish!

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