Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This marks a slight departure from my sourdough series, but I think it's for good reason. The bounty has started to fly in from our backyard garden. And I'm in HEAVEN.

I am a huge fan of cherry tomatoes. I love their bright color, their petite size, and their early harvest date. I love the way they explode in my mouth, releasing a mixture of sweet, tangy, seedy delight.

In fact, to me the only thing better than a cherry tomato fresh from the garden is one that's been tortured in the oven for a little while, until it collapses into a little pile of ultra-sweet caramelized tomato-ness. In fact, that's exactly what I did with the very first batch of cherry tomatoes from our garden.

The process is far from difficult, and it has any number of variations. This is what I did this week.

I took the tomatoes and tossed them with some pummeled garlic cloves, some olive oil, a bit of salt, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
Then I threw them on a parchment lined jelly roll pan, and baked them for a while in a fairly slow oven.
When they'd been in the oven for about 35 minutes, they began to do exactly what they should do. They got all browned and crackley...
And soft and explosive.
And when they cooled enough to be handled, I tossed them in a bowl with a bit of fresh basil and enjoyed every last bite. *Slurp*

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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  1. Tomatos in any shape and size are my favorite vegetable. I swear one summer I eat so many I could have been giving off a red glow from them!!! Your tomatos look great!

  2. OMG this looks delicious. The flavors of the tomatoes really come through in roasting. Beautiful.

  3. Just stumbled upon your site, and I think you live near my neighborhood (Washington Heights). I see you were looking to try Meritage last winter, have you been there yet? Thanks for the great posts and for giving me another reason to be late for work!

  4. Bunny - A bunny with a red glow... that reminds me of Bunnicula, a favorite book of my youth!

    Tasha - Fancy meeting you here! We are just about neighbors (we're live in Lenox Heights). It's great that you stopped by.

    Haven't been to Meritage yet... where has the time gone? But, it's still on our list. I think we're doing more cooking than eating out these days.

  5. I just picked about 30 of these little babies from my garden. I eat them like candy, they are so sweet.

    Roasting them with garlic sounds divine!

  6. I have a huge basket full of tomatoes sitting on my counter this morning. I will be canning most of them. Roasting some of the cherry tomatoes sounds divine!

  7. Wow, those sweet, plump and delicious roasted cherry tomatoes look delicious. Yummm!!


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