3 ways with roasted tomatoes

I adore oven roasted tomatoes because the flavour intensifies so much through the process, and its my best way to turn any excess I have into something preserved.

I love to roast them at 150C for about 1.5 – 2 hours, but if I’m in a hurry, I just whack them in the oven at 180C for about 35 minutes.

I bake them with sprigs of fresh thyme and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes. Occasionally I will scatter a few dried chillies over or add garlic to the pan to roast alongside them.

Once the tomatoes are cooled you can then use them in a variety of ways. I love them as a simple salad with goats cheese and rocket with my favourite vinaigrette. I like to substitute the red wine vinegar with a berry infused variety to give it a touch of sweetness. Maple syrup also works well. They are fabulous tossed through any salad too.

I blend them into a sauce using my stick blender.

I use this delicious sauce to add to pasta, and stored in a jar it will last a couple of weeks in the fridge. If you need to preserve it longer, it freezes very well.

Roasted tomatoes add such an incredible depth of flavour to your mac n cheese:

The recipe for this mac & cheese with crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes can be found here.

One of the recipes in my new cookbook is for a slow roasted tomato tart with caramelised onions and Gruyere which I love. This is what it looks like:

Of course there are hundreds of other amazing uses like in sandwiches, on bruschetta, on pizza and with eggs.

How do you like to serve your roasted tomatoes?

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9 Responses to 3 ways with roasted tomatoes

  1. Lori October 1, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Beautiful pictures Sam!

  2. Sam October 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Thanks Lori 🙂

  3. Jessie October 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Love the pictures! All the food looks so good, I can’t decide which recipe sounds the best. Thank you!

  4. zosia October 2, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    It’s roquette or arugula. A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine.

  5. Sam October 2, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Hi Zosia, I had a good laugh at this. In South Africa it is called rocket and not arugula and certainly not roquette 🙂 #fact

  6. Sam October 2, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Thank you Jessie, all so easy and so yum. The other fabulous way is to slow roast the tomatoes until they are almost shriveled up and then layer in a jar (densely packed) and then top the jar up with olive oil for later use in sauces. I’m very into preserving.

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes October 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Gorgeous roasted tomato recipes, Sam, I love particularly these tomato tartlets, absolutely irresistible.


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