Alex Loves the Tomatoes!

In anticipation of a bumper crop of tomatoes this season I’ve started searching for tomato recipes and experimenting. Wouldn’t want the harvest to get ahead of me (so far I have 2 small green tomatoes in the back yard and 1 medium sized green tomato in the front yard….). Coincidentally and with remarkable timing, my friend Adrian Newell, owner of the store called “Solo” and who is a big part of Warwicks Book store in La Jolla, CA ( sent me The Tuscan Sun – a beautiful Italian cookbook by Frances and Edward Mayes.

I’m in the process of reading it cover to cover – enjoying it enormously. I stopped on page 43 to read “Roasted Tomato” which sounded delicious and I had to make them right then. Fortunately I had 2 baskets of cherry tomatoes on my counter so I didn’t even need to go to the grocery store.

Simple, basic, awesomely delicious and versatile.  I am making them alot now during tomato season.  They are very versatile.

Roasted Tomatoes
(From The Tuscan Sun Cookbook)

2 baskets of cherry tomatoes (about 60)
(or 25 medium tomatoes, quartered or 3 28-ouncn cans plum tomatoes, drained and cut into quarters – according to the book but I haven’t tried these)
½ c extra virgin olive oil
3 T each of the following: minced fresh rosemary; fresh thyme leaves; fresh oregano leaves
5 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
prepared bruschetta or crostini
Arrange the tomatoes cut side up on a parchment lined 12×16” sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over them, scatter the herbs and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 2 hours, turning the tomatoes once. These would also be delicious with some chipotle pepper flakes tossed on/in.

Coarsely chop the tomatoes for bruschetta/crostini, or press a tomato onto each one. You can also use this as a topping for Pasta or a filling for an omelet. The possibilities are endless. Leftovers can be packed into jars, topped with olive oil and stored for a while. Or, like my son, you could eat them all out of the container that they’re packed in. He really liked them.


The Tuscan Sun by Frances and Edward Mayes

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Categories: Appetizers, Pasta, Salsas/Sauces, Side Dishes, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian

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