A savoury version of a classic French dessert, this cherry tomato clafoutis is a lovely cheesy dish that’s perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Cheesy cherry tomato clafoutis in a pink baking dish with a scoop removed

Have you ever had clafoutis before? If you haven’t, you’re probably wondering what on earth it is. And if you have, you’re probably wondering why on earth I’ve put tomatoes in it. But either way, all you need to know is that this cherry tomato clafoutis is a brilliant lunch or dinner option for occasions when you want something a little bit different, or a little bit special. Let me tell you more about it.

Cherry tomato clafoutis with a crispy cheesy topping in a pink baking dish

What is clafoutis?

Clafoutis (cla-foo-tee) is a French dessert that’s based around a fluffy batter with plenty of fruit, usually cherries. Sometimes it’s a soft mixture that’s spooned out like a pudding, and other times it’s firmer, and sliced like a cake. Either way, it’s simple and delicious.

But since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (let’s jut ignore posts like this one for a moment), and I’m always looking for ways to put my own spin on things, I thought I’d make a savoury version using cherry tomatoes instead!

Collage showing cherry tomato clafoutis before baking

Savoury clafoutis

It might sound strange to make a savoury version of a dessert, but this cherry tomato clafoutis actually works really well. It’s somewhere between a frittata and a pancake – a light and fluffy batter that’s perfectly moist (sorry, I really hate the word moist but I can’t think of an alternative, and thesaurus.com is being really unhelpful. I have literally never seen such a revolting collection of words).

The parsley and spring onions do a great job of infusing their flavours into the batter, and making sure it’s really tasty. Then you get little pockets of juicy roasted tomato, and of course plenty of cheese (including a crispy cheese topping!).

It feels quite sophisticated, but you still get to eat lots of crispy cheese. Win-win.

Portion of savoury cherry tomato clafoutis on a plate with a fork

How to serve savoury clafoutis

Since this cherry tomato clafoutis is a little different to the kinds of things I usually cook, it might not be immediately obvious when you’d serve it – but I think it’s actually pretty versatile.

It would make a great brunch with some asparagus, and a fruit salad on the side.
Serve it for lunch, with a bit of bread and butter to mop up the juices from those gorgeous roasted tomatoes.
Or add some salad or some extra veggies for an elegant dinner – perfect for guests.

It’s also good eaten from the pan with a spoon, but that perhaps negates the ‘elegant’ aspect a little.

Portion of cheesy cherry tomato clafoutis on a plate with a fork

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Cherry tomato clafoutis

A savoury version of the classic French dessert, with juicy roasted tomatoes and a cheesy topping! Perfect for brunch, lunch or a dinner party.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 250 g (~ 9 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved (~ 1 1/2 cups when halved)
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 150 g cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1 1/2 cups when grated)
  • 100 g (~ 2/3 cup) plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 ml (~ 1 cup) milk
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Scatter the spring onions, cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley over the bottom of a baking dish (mine measured around 8 x 8 inches), along with about a third of the cheese.
  • Add the flour to a mixing bowl, and add the eggs. Whisk until well combined and fairly smooth. Add the milk and a good pinch of salt and pepper, and whisk again to combine.
  • Pour the batter over the tomatoes, and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for around 45 minutes, or until the mixture is fairly firm, and the cheese is golden brown and crispy. If the cheese is browning too quickly, you can cover the dish lightly with foil partway through cooking. Be aware that the clafoutis will probably rise as it cooks, so don't put it too close to the top of the oven!
  • Leave the clafoutis to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Course: Light lunch
Cuisine: French
Keyword: savoury clafoutis, tomato clafoutis
Author: Becca Heyes

 

Nutrition Facts
Cherry tomato clafoutis
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.5g 28%
Saturated Fat 10.1g 51%
Cholesterol 208mg 69%
Sodium 370mg 15%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 26.5g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 5.4g
Protein 20.4g 41%
Calcium 30%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/4 of the recipe.

Want an elegant French-inspired potato dish to serve alongside your cherry tomato clafoutis? Try these buttery chateau potatoes!