Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Semi-dried cherry tomatoes
I know what you're thinking but you're wrong: This is not a summer recipe, meant for those of us who either grow or can get our paws on garden-fresh cherry tomatoes. All year long I see cherries at the markets, and so this is a condiment that can be made at any time.
All you need to do is preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Put the tomatoes in an oven pan, or even a tray if you prefer, and into the oven they go.
Around six hours later I took this bunch out of the oven.
They were still on the plump side, but had dried plenty enough for my taste. You can certainly allow them to dry longer or shorter if you like; it's really just a matter of personal preference.
After the tomatoes have cooled, put them into a container with a couple cloves of garlic and any herbs that you like (I used rosemary, thyme, oregano and some marjoram, and I also added a little hot pepper). Then fill the container with a good olive oil and you're done. I recommend allowing them to steep in the oil for at least a day or two before using (I add the tomatoes to sandwiches or just eat them with bread by themselves), and they'll keep in the fridge for a while.
Okay, so this is a good recipe for summer, when the local cherries are abundant. But it's October. Do you really want to wait months and months before giving it a try?