Pass to the Left: Food to Share with Family and Friends
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This is a basic recipe that can be used so many ways. I like to freeze these in containers and pull them out in the dead of winter for a taste of summer.
Wash fresh tomatoes, core them and cut them in half. Arrange the halves cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Chop one onion and sprinkle over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and a twist of freshly ground black pepper over each tomato half. Place in a 350 degree oven for 2-3 hours. The tomatoes will release all their juices, then as the juice is reduced, a lovely caramelizing effect takes place. You will think the tomatoes are beginning to burn from the scent. Keep checking them. When done the edges should be browned and caramelized.
Try not to eat them all straight off the pan. They are as sweet as candy!
Uses for roasted tomatoes:
1. Roasted tomato soup - Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add roasted tomatoes (about 3 halves per serving) and some chicken or vegetable broth. Simmer 15 minutes or so. Purée and finish with some heavy cream. Season to taste.
2. Roasted tomato tart - Roll out puff pastry, partially bake and then cover with roasted tomatoes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese. Toss a few fresh herbs on top - oregano, thyme, marjoram - and bake at 400 degrees until the pastry is done, about 20 minutes.
3. Roasted tomato, green bean and shrimp salad - seen here.
4. Use them as a side dish with roasted or grilled chicken or steak.