Summertime means cobblers of all kinds. This tomato cobbler is a great way to use your summer tomatoes. The biscuits have Cardamom and Coconut, with cherry tomatoes. Great recipe to make for Thanksgiving.

Tomato Cobbler is a very southern dish!

Here I am trying my hand at making this classic southern recipe using my favorite ingredient of all time: Tomatoes!!

Top view of tomato cobbler in a pie dish


For the biscuits

  • All-purpose flour
  • Heavy cream
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Cardamom seeds finely ground
  • Baking powder
  • Unsalted butter

For the tomatoes

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger grated
  • Salt
  • Cumin seeds
  • Olive oil
Top view of tomato cobbler on a white plate and tomato cobbler in a pie dish on the side

Answering Common Questions

Is this tomato cobbler sweet?

No, this tomato cobbler is on the savory side. I used seasonings that make it more savory.
You can make the biscuits sweet by using sweet potato drop biscuits. Or, make the classic snickerdoodle cobbler.

Can it be made with canned tomatoes?

You can use canned tomatoes to make tomato cobbler. Use small sized tomatoes or try it with fire roasted tomatoes. The tomatoes can be diced too.
Personally, I think tomato cobbler is best when made with fresh tomatoes.

Can I use green tomatoes in cobblers?

Green tomatoes are so perfect to make tomato cobblers. It’s a very colorful recipe and has a little tartness to it. I actually have a green tomato crumble pie that is so delicious.

Overhead view of the tomato cobbler dough

Substitution options

  • To make this vegan, you can use coconut milk in place of heavy cream. Also, you can use vegan butter. But, I prefer using grass fed butter in this recipe.
  • Roma tomatoes or campari tomatoes can be used in place of cherry tomatoes.
  • This recipe can also be made in a skillet, stove top. Use frozen biscuits instead of freshly made biscuits.
  • You can also use crescent rolls, if you don’t want to make the dough.
Top view of a green basting brush basting the tomato cobbler

How to serve this cobbler

This cobbler is perfect center dish to serve at any Thanksgiving dinner table. It will definitely steal the show.

On the side, I like to serve

How will you serve these tomato cobbler.

View of Tomto cobbler in the oven

Try these tomato recipes

I think this easy cobbler recipe turned out great, but, I can still taste Mamma’s biscuits.  Maybe someday I will get her recipe just right!

In the meantime, try these other great tomato recipes:

So, what are some of your favorite southern dishes?

Top view of tomato cobbler on a white plate and tomato cobbler in a pie dish on the side

Quick and easy southern vegetarian recipes – Southern Living

Tomato Cobbler recipe

Tomato Cobbler

Make this savory Tomato Cobbler and serve it as a side dish to any meal. This classic southern dish is perfect for vegetarians.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 624 kcal


For the Biscuits

For the tomato filling

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion julienne
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Heat a medium pan on medium heat and add cumin seeds
  • Wait for about 1 minute or until the cumin seeds are a darker shade of brown
  • Add the onions, salt, ginger and garlic to the pan.
  • Allow the onions to caramelize. Should take about 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat

For the Biscuits

  • Mix the salt, flour, half of sweet coconut, cardamom and baking powder by hand
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and work it into the dough gently
  • Introduce the heavy cream slowly into the flour mixture until you have a rough dough
  • Knead roughly
  • In a baking pan or pie pan, use a spoon to scoop small balls from the dough.
  • Keep the balls on the edge of the pan and leave some space between each of the balls
  • In the middle of the pan, add the onions mixture and the cherry tomatoes on top of it.
  • Also add the tomato and onions between the biscuits
  • Place the pan in the oven and allow the tomato cobbler to cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Pull out the tomato cobbler after about 15-20 minutes and brush the top of the biscuits with the heavy cream
  • When the biscuits are almost brown (about 25 minutes), remove and brush with the heavy cream one more time
  • Sprinkle the remaining sweet coconut on the biscuits and place in the oven
  • Bake for 5 more minutes and then remove from the oven.
  • Allow the tomato cobbler to cool slightly and then serve with your favorite meal


Calories: 624kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 7gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 989mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1730IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 3.5mg
Keyword Southern vegetarian recipes, what can you make with tomatoes
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Recipe inspiration

It didn’t take long for the both of us to get close and share our love for cooking.  Being Southern born and bred, cooking was ingrained into every core of her being.  That woman could cook a meal for 20 hungry football players without breaking a sweat.  To top it all, she LOVED cooking those huge meals.

On the other hand, I presented quite a challenge for her because I don’t eat eggs, meat or fish!  She couldn’t fathom the concept of not having a meal without chicken or beef!  To her credit, however, she quickly came up with a whole bunch of recipes just for me.

Her ability to make dishes that was completely outside of her comfort zone was what made her the greatest chef I have ever known!

So, in honor of “Mamma”, I present to you the very first meal that she made for me.

Tomato Cobbler or “Biscuits with tomatoes” as she called it.

This post was updated on May 9th, 2023. Here is the original post.

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  1. I am wondering if you used the heavier Greek yogurt it would give you the flavor of the buttermilk with the richness of the heavy cream? I miss biscuits since having to go gluten free and if I could find a decent recipe I would be in heaven. Unfortunately it would have to be gluten,soy and dairy free to keep me on my journey of being vegetarian and dealing with the food allergies. Thank you for the recipe, I love reading about them and the history behind the making of them!

    1. Thank you Ann. I have experimented with Greek yogurt but it wasn’t the same. It did come out good enough to eat. I am sorry to hear about your food allergies. I have met many food bloggers in the past year that have great recipes. I will be sure to find you a great biscuit recipe that is free of those ingredients

  2. This sounds delightful! I’ve never tried a savory cobbler before, but I’m quite intrigued by the thought of it – I’ll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  3. This recipe looks beyond amazing. I will surely be making this when my tomatoes ripen up. I would be honored if you would stop by Pure Grace Farms and link this gorgeous recipe at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop this evening. This will be my first week at co-hosting and I am beyond excited! Blessings…Shari

  4. I’ve never seen this recipe before, I’m pinning for when my garden tomatoes start coming in. Looks beautiful! Thanks.

  5. Sorry to hear Mamma passed away but what a fond memory to treasure. The photos are gorgeous of this recipe, so much so it made me want to try it despite the fact that I don’t like cooked tomatoes. Going on my to-do list for all those cherry tomatoes growing in my garden right now. pinned/stumbled.

  6. Rini, you have outdone yourself! This is absolutely homecooking at it’s finest. I’ve never had Tomato Cobbler, but My Dad is from West Virginia and he would love this! I’ll be making it for him this August for sure! Thanks so much for telling us about “Mamma”. A beautiful spirit for sure.

    1. Thank you, Laurie! You always say the perfect things. Mamma was definitely the best human spirit I have known. I am sure your Dad will love this recipe

  7. Thank so much Rini 🙂 That Campanelle is one of my favorite recipes. I am going to try the tomato cobbler. This sounds SO good!