Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes at Home

ButterYum Roasting Sun Gold Tomatoes
ButterYum Roasting Sun Gold Tomatoes
ButterYum Roasting Sun Gold TomatoesSo what do you do when a friend shares a ton of super sweet, itty-bitty, orange colored cherry tomatoes from her bountiful garden? Actually, I popped them like candy for a few days, but now I need to seriously find a use for them before she gives me more... and there apparently will be more... lots more! She said these Sun Gold cherry tomatoes are more prolific than bunnies :).

So I thought I'd try roasting them in the oven to attempt a homemade version of one of my favorite foods on earth... Sun-Dried Tomatoes.


oven roasted sun-dried tomatoesI cut them in half, doused them generously with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled on a little kosher salt and pepper, and roasted them in a 400F oven, cut side up, for about 35 minutes.


oven roasted sun-dried tomatoesThis is what they looked like when they were done. Yummy! Not exactly the same as sun dried tomatoes from the store, but they taste absolutely wonderful. They're soft-ish and still a bit juicy, but their flavor is INTENSELY SWEET!

We ate many of them right off the sheet pan, but I rescued a bunch of them for a ridiculously delicious pasta salad. You should definitely try these!

37 comments:

  1. Great idea! I've got another round of cherry tomatoes coming up as our weather cools and this looks like something I might want to do! They look delicious!
    Elaine :)

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  2. Oh I wish my tomatoes had done well this year. I've got almost nothing. Sigh. This looks so good. Now what do you do with all of them?

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  3. Just yesterday I was spying a soup recipe that called for sun-dried tomatoes. I might give that a try. If not, then I guess we'll be eating a lot of pasta salad during the coming week.

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  4. Love the color and they look yummy!....Christine

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  5. Maybe I should try this recipie too since we hardly can eat all the tomatoes we have in the garden right now.Thankx for the idea.

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  6. I love roasted tomatoes and toss them in angel hair pasta with a little olive oil and chopped fresh basil — simple and yummy.

    Now I just need a neighbor like yours!

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  7. Yesterday, I roasted tomatoes and when I took my first bite, I could have swooned, they were so delicious. I am glad you shared this. It is an impetus to make it again.

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  8. That is a great idea! I have lots of cherry tomatoes ripening up on the vine, I will have to try this!

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  9. I love roasting tomatoes. On my next trip to the market I plan on buying a mixture of heirloom tomatoes. I saw Tyler Florence make a roasted tomato soup that looks wonderful. I'm going to adapt it to make a sauce for pasta. If it turns out maybe I'll use for a future FF.

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  10. I like homemade sundried tomoatoes. they taste great :)

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  11. Hi, my name is Joy, and I recently discovered your site after a friend of mine told me about the upcoming baking/blogging group working from "Rose's Heavenly Cakes." I just recently started blogging a few months ago, but I'm having so much fun, and the best part by far has been getting to know other passionate bakers from all over the world! I'm currently a member of the Sweet Melissa Sunday's group (making recipes from "The Sweet Melissa Baking Book"), and I'm enjoying that one so much that I was considering pursuing another. I was wondering if you could give me some more information regarding Rose's Heavenly Bakers- more specifically, how often you'll be baking and how many members you are thinking of including. (Our group was capped at 50, and it's kind of nice to have a small community, so you can really get to know the other participants!) Please feel free to stop by my blog and leave a comment there: http://hotovenwarmheart.wordpress.com/ or you can email me at joy.d.saunders@gmail.com. I really appreciate your help, and look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks again,
    Joy

    P.S. Your tomatoes look absolutely beautiful and super delicious! I made some slow-roasted tomatoes a while back (I think they were Roma, though) and the flavor was INTENSE! I hope you enjoy them, and find fun, creative uses for the next batch that arrives :)

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  12. Those look so good. What a great idea for dealing with harvest surplus. I hope you enjoy them. Have a wonderful day.

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  13. Your tomatoes look absolutely wonderful. I just love your picture taking! You really know how to take a great picture. My tomatoes did not do nearly as well as your friends did. Have a wonderful weekend:)

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  14. Goodness, I bet your tomatoes are way better than the store bought variety with who knows what additives and enhancers etc. You are just a kitchen wizard!

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  15. I'm just waiting for our many many tomatoes to ripen. But I will definitely do this when the time is right! YUM!

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  16. Those look so good...I have a recipe on my blog that is perfect for those. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. You should take a look. http://lovingmydomesticlife.blogspot.com/2009/06/sundried-tomato-pesto.html It is always a hit where ever I take it to. :)

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  17. That is a great idea!!! Do you know how many times I have need sun dried tomatoes and didn't have them? I could probably roast and use them the same day if I wanted to...great idea

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  18. Wonderful idea--I'll bet it would make an amazing pasta sauce. Or a great topping for bruschetta.

    That really made me hungry. And I have enough cherry tomatoes to pull it off!

    Thanks for the tip--and instructions.

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  19. Great pictures! Those little orange tomatoes are just as sweet as can be! I love having dried tomatoes to work with...especially in the winter when the tomato selection is so bleak.

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  20. I bet these would be so good in a salad...or on a sandwich, yummmmm

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  21. Great idea for using up all that bounty of tomatoes. Our tomato plants used to go wild, but these last couple of years we've not even been able to get enough of them to eat, whereas before we were giving them away to everyone.

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  22. I just used sun dried tomatoes this week from a package and I bet your tomatoes have a much better flavor. They look amazing and I could eat a tray of them for sure all my myself:)
    Joyce

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  23. What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing.. hugs ~lynne~

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  24. Oh, wow! These look yummy! I can just taste them with angel hair pasta...yum! Happy weekend...Debbie

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  25. What a super idea! They look wonderful - I'd love to give this a try!

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  26. Fantastic...I love when those little tomatoes are ripe! What I like to do is make a pot of sauce. I just throw the cherry tomatoes in my blender, skin and all, and blend them till they start to slightly foam. Then I saute onion and garlic in oil and pour the tomato puree into the onion and garlic. Let it simmer for several hours, seasoning it with basil and other spices. It makes a great Marinara Sauce.
    Love your blog!
    Happy Cooking, Lilly

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  27. Oh just think of what you could do with these, they look fantastic!

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  28. Hi Patricia, how are you/ Hope all is well, I am looking at your super delicious tomatoes pictures. They actually make me very hungry.

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  29. We're going to have tons of those little tomatoes this year. Great idea!

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  30. Question for you. Did you try to store these for any amount of time? I would like to make some to use later but don't know how to store them or how long I could store them for....

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  31. Hi Liz - I wouldn't say these particular tomatoes were stable for long term storage... better used right away in a salad, or for soup. I'm supposed to be getting more tomatoes today, and I'll try drying them at a lower temp for several hours. I'll let you know how they turn out.

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  32. Cute cute cute cute! Patricia your pictures are great!

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  33. That's a FAB idea... thanks for the recipe/tip... will have to try this!

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  34. Is very helpful to change our habits, we need to think the obesity is very danger for everybody, is like a pump that can explot any time. So is necesary to take care of ourselves, exercising and taking good and healthy food and stop eating junk food. The life is too short, so we need to take care of us every single day for enjoy the things that the life gave to us. I bought my house through costa rica homes for sale so i want to enjoy it for long time. That is why i eat healthy including tomatoes, lettuce, vegetables and fruits.

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