I Can’t Help Myself!

roastedtomatoes1I don’t know about you but I can’t seem to finish all the tomatoes I’ve been buying at the farmer’s market. I’ve made them so many different ways I’m exhausted. I promise myself each week that I’m not going to buy any but they look so beautiful I can’t help myself. I get completely carried away and … WHAM! … there’s another 10 pounds of them sitting on my kitchen counter!
This is probably the easiest recipe I’ve posted so far and it’s inspired by Alice Waters. I’m not sure where or when I saw her make this but the simplicity of it is wonderful and the flavor’s intense. I used a combination of baby red plum tomatoes and tiny yellow tomatoes but any kind will do.
Whole Roasted Tomatoes

Take a baking pan, any shape or size and tightly pack the tomatoes next to each other to fill the pan – Tightly!
Take a couple of cloves of garlic and wudge them in between the tomatoes. You can use as much or as little garlic as you like. Even if you’re not a garlic lover use at least a little because it brings a note of flavor that’s important.
Take 5-10 leaves of fresh basil and chiffonad them. Sprinkle over the tomatoes and then drizzle olive oil all over the top.
Season with salt & pepper then pop into a preheated oven (375 degrees). Bake until the tomatoes give up their juice and are a burnished golden color.
Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
You can use these tomatoes as a topping for bruschetta or pasta, as a filling for a panini sandwhich or you can puree the whole mess and serve as a soup. The uses are endless! Let me know how you use them!

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Sounds yummy! I don’t need to buy tomatoes, though. I’ve got a ton in my backyard…cherries, plums and the usual round whatevers in addition to basil. I live for summer and homegrown tomatoes. Will try your recipe, but just off the top of my head I’m thinking pizza: fresh mozzarella, the roasted tomatoes, more garlic and olive oil and of course fresh basil.
    OK! Gotta go! Time to make the pizza
    !

  2. Sounds yummy! I don’t need to buy tomatoes, though. I’ve got a ton in my backyard…cherries, plums and the usual round whatevers in addition to basil. I live for summer and homegrown tomatoes. Will try your recipe, but just off the top of my head I’m thinking pizza: fresh mozzarella, the roasted tomatoes, more garlic and olive oil and of course fresh basil.
    OK! Gotta go! Time to make the pizza
    !

  3. sounds good to me – I’ll tell my husband/cook/food shopper –
    see if he gets the message
    adriana

  4. sounds good to me – I’ll tell my husband/cook/food shopper –
    see if he gets the message
    adriana

  5. Great one Cat! I too go nuts on the tomatoes and this is a great recipe. I am very into roasting this summer, esp. the farmer’s market eggplants.

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