Grilled tomatoes and cottage cheese

Grilled tomatoes and cottage cheese

Ben's BBQ Bible
Billy Law

You can’t have a barbecue without tomatoes showing up in some form or other, whether in a straight salad or in tasty sauces and glazes.

The big trend nowadays is for ‘heirloom’ varieties, the types of tomatoes that used to be grown but which for commercial reasons have dropped by the wayside — either because of the small volumes they produced or because they don’t travel well to market.

When we filmed an episode of Surfing the Menu on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, we visited a garden called Heronswood that specialises in growing and sourcing heirloom plants. You can buy an amazing number of tomato varieties online and it’s worth having a go, because there is nothing like the flavour of home-grown tomatoes.

My granddad always said that you can’t beat an English tomato, and this recipe is inspired by the wonderful tomatoes I get from the Isle of Wight. Serve this dish with spicy Peri-peri chicken.


Quantity Ingredient
1kg mixed-variety tomatoes, washed
60ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
250g cottage cheese
1 garlic clove, chopped
freshly cracked black pepper
fresh herbs, chopped, (such as flat-leaf parsley, mint, oregano)


  1. Prepare your barbecue for cooking over a high heat.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half, in irregular shapes. Season with a little salt, pour on a little olive oil and add the rosemary.
  3. Combine the cottage cheese with the remaining olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and half the chopped soft herbs.
  4. Place the tomatoes cut side down on a very hot barbecue grill and cook until charred.
  5. When cooked, remove to a serving plate. Scatter over the cottage cheese mixture and season.
  6. To serve, garnish with the remaining fresh herbs.
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