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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Roasted Tomatoes

I love tomatoes. They are my favorite part of summer. A fresh, juicy tomato picked fresh from the garden, lightly salted, still emitting it's sunshine-y warmth... what could be better? Well, truthfully, not much. But if you want to change things up a little bit, try oven-roasting them. Different from oven-drying, these little treasures are still juicy, but their flavor is concentrated into a lightly smoky sweetness. They can be eaten as is (delicious!), or try this little number I came up with: Roasted Tomato Crostini. A savory little toast, spread with seasoned ricotta, and layered with a roasted tomato. Heaven!

Roasted Tomatoes

12 tomatoes (Romas are my favorite, but any variety would be wonderful)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 cloves garlic, grated (a Microplane works perfectly for this step)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped basil (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise and place in bowl. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil, and add salt, garlic, pepper and optional basil. Stir tomatoes, making sure all tomatoes are seasoned. Place tomatoes, cut side up, on parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle remaining juices and seasonings from bottom of bowl evenly over tomatoes. Bake for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, until tomatoes are roasted as desired.

Roasted Tomato Crostini

12 slices of French bread, 1/4-inch thick
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta
salt & freshly ground black pepper
roasted tomato halves

Preheat broiler. Drizzle bread with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Broil 3 - 4 minutes, until crostini is lightly toasted

Mix ricotta with salt and pepper to taste. Spread crostini with ricotta and place 1 or 2 roasted tomato(es) on top.


La Table De Nana said...

MMMM...Looks mouth watering!!!

Kathy Walker said...

Delicious...I will give them try.

Linda said...

Yeah Girl....thats what I am talkin about!

Cathy said...

Love the sweet, smokey flavors of roasted tomatoes. These look so delicious.

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