Reaping the rewards…

Remember my last post with the dozens and dozens of tomatoes waiting for me to decide how best to use them?   I visited a few blogs to give me some hints (thanks for the suggestions in the last comments, by the way.  Many of you were spot on!).

In the end I kept it simple…


I adore semi-dried tomatoes, so I used Smitten Kitchen’s recipe  for achieving a decadent, fabulous slow roasted tomato. As Deb says:

Prepare to have your mind blown!


It was simple – halving my Roma tomatoes, drizzling olive oil and sprinkling some dried herbs.


Not forgetting unpeeled garlic cloves dotted amongst the tomato halves…


Not all the tomatoes were perfect enough for the roasting, so I chopped them and cooked them on the stove (in my much-loved, one-handled Bessemer pot) with olive oil, garlic and some Italian herbs into a tomato sauce…




The smell in my kitchen was superb.  The oven was only at 100C and on for about 4 hours.  I left it  a little longer than Deb recommended cause I love the intensity of a well-reduced tomato!


The result?


Bloody scrumptious. I had trouble keeping Mr Incredible AWAY from the cooling trays.


We have already used some of the slow-roasted tomatoes on pizza (with paper-thin salami, fetta, chicken and a TINY sprinkling of melting cheese).  The garlic bread topped with a tomato piece melted in our mouths too!

The tomato sauce was used almost immediately on a simple pasta yesterday…


I added slivers of ham and some extra herbs. And fresh-grated parmesan.


Lunch on the deck…


The whole family loves this weekend lunchtime treat.  And the best taste-enhancer of all?


Eating with loved ones…




How bout you? 

Favourite tomato recipes, or ways of using semi-dried/slow-roasted tomatoes? 

Please share…

14 Responses to “Reaping the rewards…”

  1. Love the roasted toms, I put mazzetti balsamic vinegar(4star)over them too, yummo!
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  2. OMG. Divine! Love the pics here, too.
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  3. I do hope some keep!
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  4. Hmmmmm!

    Well I guess my invitation to the sampling is still in the mail, probably going like most anticipated correspondence via Beruit, Tripoli, Teheran and Kabul!
    So I shall just wait for the next epicurean delight of the Granite Belt – suggestion, try registered mail!
    Green – oops – red with what is it called??? : envy (Green): despair (Red).
    Anyhow both colours will suffice this time!
    Colin (HB)

  5. Oh, they look so good. And garlic cloves always add marvellousness. Now, I have to go and get something to eat. Suddenly feeling veerry hungry.

  6. I’m starting to get a glut of tomatoes, too, will try out this recipe cos we lurve semi dried toms (I’ll pop them into a jar with olive oil to keep for ‘ron) ;)
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  7. Theresa in Alberta Reply February 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Ohlalalala….I am going to have to try this out!!

  8. Looks so good!! I’m hoping to start some seeds today or tomorrow for my summer crop. Besides red and yellow varieties, I’m going to try planting some black and purple ones. We’ll see what happens.
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  9. Perfect!
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  10. They look absolutely beautiful BB.
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  11. that does look good.

  12. I’m so envious of your bumper crop of tomatoes. So. Jealous. Do you freeze yours after drying? Or do you, like Jayne mentioned, pop them in olive oil? (and what is a ‘ron?)
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  13. I think I’m smelling the roasting tomatoes all the way over here! They look fabulous and my mouth is drooling!

    I LOVE fresh produce. Nothing tastes better than plucking something from your garden and popping it in your mouth–even after a little prep here and there! Thanks for sharing. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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