Saturday, April 12, 2008

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

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Rouxbe's recipe for Oven-Dried Tomatoes is one of my favorites. Slow roasted roma tomatoes with Herbs de Provence, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. And the video is mesmorizing. Inevitable, every time I click over to see the recipe I end up watching the video two or three times. Embarrassing, but the videos are that good and fun to watch.

You can make a big batch of these tomatoes and they'll last in the fridge for about two weeks. They are a great side to grilled chicken or steak; and a perfect addition to an antipasto plate, salads, pastas, you name it. One of my favorite ways of enjoying them are on grilled bread with feta cheese.

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

2 garlic cloves
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons herbes de proven├že
1/2 teaspoon pepper
18 roma or campari tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 250° degrees Fahrenheit.

In a small bowl, crush the garlic, add the olive oil, grey salt, Herbes de Provence and pepper, then whisk together.

Cut the tomatoes in half, and arrange on a parchment lined bakig tray, cut side up.

Spoon a bit of the mixture over each tomato, stirring as you go because the garlic tends to sink.

Bake the tomatoes between 4 to 6 hours. The longer you bake them, the more concentrated their flavor will be.

Cool tomatoes before transferring them to a platter. These can be served right away or will keep in the refrigerator for weeks.

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