Brain, meet Fingers. Fingers, meet Brain. I hope you two become best of friends. Pronto. Because if you don’t start working together really soon, I will be forced to give up this blog and move to a remote region of the world where there is no Internet access and only tinned soup for supper.
What did I do this time? Despite finding the recipe in the index, reading the instructions and looking at the photo, my fingers typed “oven-roasted” tomatoes when Grow Great Grub clearly gives readers the low down on “oven-dried” tomatoes. I’m tempted to quietly correct this error and distract you with ice cream. But having asked you to vote and promising to post the results, I think you’d notice. Especially since the one recipe whose title I botched turned out to be the winner.
So, for those of you who were looking forward to oven-roasted tomatoes, here’s a refresher on how to roast vegetables. For the tomato version, I’d add chopped fresh basil, some crushed garlic, a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. When done, top with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
And for those who intuitively knew what I meant, here is the recipe for oven-dried tomatoes. They’re different, but just as good. And last longer.
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In the meantime, how do you use dried tomatoes?
- 10 plum tomatoes*, halved
- sea salt
- dried thyme, oregano or marjoram
- garlic cloves, optional
- approximately 2 cups olive oil
- Preheat oven to the lowest heat setting (150 – 200 F). The goal here is to dry the tomatoes slowly but surely.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange tomatoes on top, cut side up. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Bake the tomatoes until the edges have shriveled and the insides are still slightly moist but not juicy. Timing depends on the size of tomato; the drying time will take anywhere between 2 and 8 hours.
- Set the pan aside until completely cool and then transfer the tomatoes to a clean and sterilized jar. Add a few sprigs of dry herbs and a clove of garlic, if using, to the jar. Pour in olive oil, thoroughly covering the tomatoes to preserve them. (See note for alternative, no-oil method.)
- Store in the fridge for 4 – 6 weeks. Use up the remaining olive oil in dishes that can benefit from the savory tomato flavour.
My note: Instead of packing the oven-dried tomatoes in oil, I put them in resealable freezer bags and froze them. They keep this way for up to a year.
This recipe is published with permission from Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla Trails ( Published by Clarkson Potter, 2010)