Intro: Slow Roasted Summer Tomatoes
Slow roasted tomatoes are one of my favorite things in the world - they are super easy to make and even more versatile to use. I love to use them on homemade pizza and Focaccia, tossed into a salad with some lettuce and cucumbers, with some ricotta on toast, or mixed with some pasta and topped with fresh basil and grated parmesan for a quick dinner.
These will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, or following the directions at the end of this recipie you can easily freeze and they should stay good for up to 6 months. This is a great way to preserve all those tomatoes from your garden or CSA this summer.
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Step 1: Recipie
- For this recipe you will need;
- 1/4 c Oil of your choice (Grapeseed, olive, avocado, etc.)
- 1t Kosher Salt (depending your tastes you can increase or decrease this)
- 6-10 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 pints small tomatoes (this recipe works best with tomatoes no bigger than a chicken egg)
- Parchment paper
- Sheet pan large enough to spread your tomatoes out in 1 layer
- Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees
- Line your pan with a sheet of parchment, this will make clean up much easier. DO NOT use aluminum foil, and if you use aluminum baking sheets like I do, it is 100% necessary to use the parchment liner. The acid in the tomatoes will react with the aluminum and change the flavor of your dish.
- Peel and smash your garlic - using the flat side of your knife lay it on top of your garlic clove and give it a whack with the heel of your hand this will crush the garlic and you can easily remove the skin. I'm sorry I don't have a photo of me doing this. If you feel more comfortable/ don't understand what I'm saying you can just peel the garlic and rough chop it (see photo 3 for size.)
- Arrange tomatoes and crushed garlic on your lined baking sheet, add salt and oil of your choice.
- Mix with your hands (clean) or a wooden spatula until tomatoes are coated in salt and oil. Spread tomatoes out into a single layer. (photo 4)
- Put sheet pan in pre-heated oven on the middle rack, Set your timer for 3 hours, checking tomatoes after 2 hours for doneness. (photo 5)
- Remove from oven once tomatoes have split and are lightly browned in places (photo 6) - this batch took 3.5 hours, but it will depend on your oven and the tomatoes you are using.
Step 2: Storage
As I said these tomatoes will last 3-4 days in the fridge - store in a glass or plastic container. If you have too many to use in that time, or are making a big batch they are super easy to freeze.
- Allow tomatoes to cool to room temperature
- Put in large Ziploc bag
- Lay flat on a sheet pan or plate to freeze. I do this because once they are frozen you can easily give the bag a quick shake and the individual tomatoes will separate - this lets you pull out a few at a time as you cook.
- You can also freeze in plastic Tupperware, just freeze in portions you will use for cooking.
That's it! Hope you enjoy these as much as my family and I do :)