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okay I am a 101 cookbooks junky, and today through smitten kitchen I found another site I will love called in the kitchen and on the road with Dorie.  These ladies make my mouth water and all excited to try different, exciting and new recipes.  I love sun-dried tom’s – Dave loves sun-dried tom’s so now I discovered this neato trick with tomato’s roasting slowly in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, if you don’t use them right away just put olive oil over it and you have 2 treats, slow roasted tomato’s to spruce up any dish and a tomato infused olive oil. I know what I am going to do tonight. This is so easy. And we have a dinner party to go tomorrow this shall be a treat to bring — unless I decide it tastes to good to share – *giggle*

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes/Basic Tomates Confites

1 pint cherry (or grape) tomatoes

Pinch of fleur de sel or fine sea salt

Pinch of freshly ground white pepper

1 or 2 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme, optional

1 or 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled and smashed, optional

About 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.

Cut the tomatoes in half – I cut cherry tomatoes horizontally (around their waists) and grape tomatoes from top to bottom – and place them cut-side up on the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle over the salt and pepper and drizzle with the olive oil. There’s no need to use a lot of oil – just enough so that the tomato tops glisten.

Slide the baking sheet into the oven and roast the tomatoes for about 3 hours. When they’re done, the tomatoes will be shriveled and a little dry looking, but press them gently and you’ll see that they’ve still got some juice.

Use the tomatoes immediately or cool them on the baking sheet. If you don’t need them now, pack them in a jar along with the garlic and herbs, if you’ve used them, and cover them with good olive oil. Topped with oil, the tomatoes will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks.

In addition to pulling the tomatoes into service to give pasta a little more punch, I put them and a little of their oil over chicken, salmon or tuna, steamed vegetables and anything else that needs a little color and an extra hit of flavor. I’m sure once you have a stash of these tomatoes, you’ll find lots of uses for them.

source: In the kitchen and on the road with Dorie

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