Meatless Monday: Slow Roasted Tomatoes


This is a NON recipe for one of the most delicious foods on earth! I first discovered slow roasted tomatoes from Orangette and then Gwyneth put a recipe for them in her book which I also made (they were excellent as is her book, don’t hate.)  Basically you take any small sized tomatoes, cut them and half, add salt and EVOO and let them sizzle and shrivel in a low oven for 2-5 hours. Even the crappiest tomatoes condense as they roast into the richest, tangiest, sweetest flavor on earth. Make these and eat like an Etruscan King. Drew calls them “Umami discs.”


Farmer's Market Roma Tomatoes

Farmer's Market Tomatoes in Baggu Bag

I’ll walk you through the process. Buy some tomatoes, I got these at the Farmer’s Market but I’ve also done this recipe with (gasp) grocery store, out of season, non-organic cherry tomatoes and it was just as yummy. Wash them and take the tops off. Cut them in half.


Roma Tomatoes for Roasting


Toss the tomato halves with a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lay cut side up on a baking sheet (I line mine with these parchment paper sheets, best product ever.)


Tomato Halves with Grey Salt

See how much salt I use, this gives the tomatoes lots of flavor. Now put them in a 250 degree oven for 2-5 hours depending on the size. These Roma halves took 3.5 hours.


Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Roast them til they look like this picture. Shriveled but not burnt or crisp.


Slow Roasted Tomatoes- close up

Aren’t they pretty! Let them cool and store them in your fridge in an airtight container drizzled with olive oil for up to a week. Toss them with pasta, puree them into soups or hummus, add them to sauteed lentils, each them on steak sandwiches or with fresh mozzarella. Eat them off the baking sheet for all I care, just make these.






7 Comments on Meatless Monday: Slow Roasted Tomatoes

  1. Sarah
    June 27, 2011 at 8:09 am (12 years ago)

    yum yum YUM. These really are the best. I love roasting yellow and gold together for spaghetti.

  2. Sandra
    June 27, 2011 at 10:24 am (12 years ago)

    Ooooh, thanks! I actually got a little crazy buying too many tomatoes at the farmers market yesterday (love summertime) so this will be great 🙂

  3. Moe
    June 28, 2011 at 11:49 am (12 years ago)

    I just picked some tomatoes of my patio tomato plants and I am all set to put them in the oven now.
    Love, Moe

4Pingbacks & Trackbacks on Meatless Monday: Slow Roasted Tomatoes

  1. […] little kitchen helper a girl could ever dream about. I love how you are the exact right size to fit a sheet pan so I don’t have to pull out the scissors to trim the paper to fit the pan (for […]

  2. […] Two: Make these secret weapon slow roasted tomatoes. Slice the mozzarella and sprinkle with salt. Crumble the Parmesan into big […]

  3. […] Look familiar?  We started with slow-roasted tomatoes. […]

  4. […] Crostini with fresh mozzarella and slow-roasted tomatoes […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *