Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Secret to Terrific Tomatoes

I know I'm not alone when I  speak of tasteless tomatoes.  This time of year though, you can find beautiful juicy tomatoes that actually taste the way a tomato should!  There are still plenty of farmer's markets going on  until the end of this month.   Take advantage of the produce while you can or hopefully you've been successful in growing tomatoes in your own garden. (Not so here in critter ville)  But, when the tomato vines wither and you must resort to buying from the big box stores, this is how you transform a tasteless tomato into a terrific one.

This works the best with the oblong Roma tomatoes or the larger cherry ones.

Terrific Roasted Tomatoes

Heat oven to 250°

Depending on the size of the roasting pan, halve or quarter enough tomatoes to cover the bottom of the pan scattered on one layer.  Lightly drizzle some olive oil over them, salt and pepper and add some whole cloves of garlic over the top.  Stir around and bake slowly for 2-3 hours.  The slow roasting will develop so much flavor into these less than perfect tomatoes!  Discard the garlic, unless the cloves are still soft.  Hard ones will taste bitter!

Now, spread onto bagels, french bread rounds, sandwiches and even on pizza!  You'll be amazed at the sweetness!  

Put them on pizza, too!

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