Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oven dried Cherry Tomatoes

These are the most delicious tomatoes I've ever eaten, they're like sun dried tomatoes- but less sweet- more like a condensed tomato flavour- and if you put them under the cheese on a pizza you will certainly eat the whole pizza in one sitting- they're that good. All you need to do is cut them in half, and lay them cut side up on a parchment lined baking sheet- sprinkle with oil and salt and pepper and bake in a 275 degree oven for 4-6 hours.
I like to put all the same size tomatoes on one sheet- smaller cherry tomatoes on one, and the larger grape style cherry tomatoes on another as they take a little longer to dry down.  You're aiming for dry, with just a small amount of juiciness, not crisp- though. They'll freeze well or will store up to 6 mos. in an airtight container in the fridge. We've also been eating them blended up as a tapenade, or as a rack under roasting meat (especially good with a fatty pork chop- they soak up the juices and rehydrate a bit), in Pasta, or just by themselves as a snack.

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