Thursday, September 16, 2010

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes - My Lunch Today

Quiet a bit of discussion about healthy eating habits and really it is simple. Something I religiously do is roast vegetables on Thursday so we have it for Friday night as starters for a big meal and over the weekend on the sandwiches on the go, picnics or if having few people over then appetizers. If you put a bit of time in this simply prepared roasted vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants or bell peppers, the reward is not only in the intensity of the flavor but the versatility of the roasted ingredients. Slow roasting tomatoes is very straight forward not much to it but programming the oven timer on for three hours If you follow these few simple steps your healthy eating won't be a chore, only a pleasure. As appetizers you toast slices of baguettes and layer with a spread such as pesto, avocado, and layer with roasted vegetables. You can also use this Moroccan Lemon preserves as first layer and top with avocado and anchovy. Endless possibilities!


Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients:
1lb plus each or a mix of cherry, baby plum, sungold tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
Dash of salt to taste
Leaves of few thyme sprigs
5-6 unpeeled garlic cloves

Directions:
Halve tomatoes and spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, add thyme leaves and garlic and bake in a 225F oven for three hours. Adjust for salt and serve immediately or let cool and store garlic included in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Make sure if you store for few days to drizzle couple more tablespoons of olive oil on top for preservation.

For open face Sandwich:
If serving immediately after roasting, squeeze garlic out of clove and spread a layer on slice of bread (olive or any other bread). Add arugula, then some goat cheese (or any other cheese you desire) basil leaves sprinkle with oven roasted tomatoes and some black olives. If serving after chilled in refrigerator the garlic won't spread (see picture) but still sweet roasted delicious, Again this is only a guide go wild use your imagination.

12 comments :

  1. Did you mention tomatoes? And look who's here? I'm totally tomato-crazy, Shulie, and I love, love the versatility of tomatoes. Then when tomatoes land on the right hands, like yours, WOW. I just ate lunch and I'm hungry again.

    I'm coming back for the main event! I cannot wait!

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  2. awesome! its perfect when you want a quick sandwich. With some roasted tomatoes in store, its even more easier and so much more yummier! xx

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  3. Dear Annapet, Alison, mrs woodin and An, Thank you for your comments, it is really amazing how heightened the flavor is. You can also use this is quiches or whizz in a blender for smokey deep flavored soup base...@mrswheelbarrow says put in a blender and use over pasta but roast first with Herbs the Provence.

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  4. Shulie,
    Thanks for the shout out. I usually put the tomatoes through a food mill, but a blender would work well, too! During the summer I always have a bowl of roasted tomatoes in the fridge because there is so much you can do with them.
    xoCathy

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  5. Dear Shulie,

    Weekends are my fav time for blog hopping .... n see where I am :) So glad to have landed here ... I luv your recipes ....they are yummilicous !

    I am gonna come back for more ...... so following you.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  6. Dear Cathy, My pleasure always!
    Dear Satrupa, Thanks for your kind words.I am happy you found me on your weekend hopping adventures and adding me to your blogroll. Shulie

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  7. Hey Shulie! I can't think of a better dish right now than roasted cherry tomatoes. I've been trying to use up the rest of ours from our tomato plant and have roasted them and mixed them with pasta and goat cheese.

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  8. Sounds delicious Brian! The possibilities are endless with these roasted tomatoes, so fun!!

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  9. So pretty with the mix of colours! We used to make roasted cherry tomatoes with thyme at one of the restaurants I worked in and the smell always reminds me of it.

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  10. Sasa Thank you for your nice words. Yes, I can see how the fragrance of roasting tomatoes can trigger that memory. I hope you are enjoying your travels.

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