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Slow Roasted Herb Tomatoes Beauty and the Beets recipe

I love cooked tomatoes. Tomatoes on their own, in a raw state, are delicious on salads and in sandwiches, but tomatoes, when cooked properly, are on another level entirely. I made very simple steamed potatoes, carrots and asparagus, adding some slow roasted tomatoes and suddenly my meal was elevated to this sophistication you can only attain from patience and love.

Slow Roasted Herb Tomato Platter Beauty and the Beets

Just a few weeks ago I would have cut up some tomatoes, drizzled some olive oil on them and roasted them in a 400° oven for 20 minutes and called it a day. But now I am in this fancy Forks Over Knives cooking class and I am learning new things- like cooking without oil. While oil helps roasted veggies get crisp and caramelized, you can get the same results without the oil and without the oil-y taste.

sun dried herb roasted tomatoes Beauty and the Beets

The key here to a beautiful juicy roasted tomato is patience. Like 4-6 hours worth. And the longer you let the tomato cook, the more of sun dried flavor it will take on.

I remember my Mom telling me she does this to tomatoes- slow roasts them for hours and while it sounded interesting, it sounded like a long time to invest for a side dish. Then I did it myself. and I learned that time is a well made investment when it comes to cooking.

Herb Tomatoes Roasted Beauty and the Beets

And just in case you want more benefits than just texture and flavor, studies show that cooking tomatoes raises the amount of anti-oxidants and lycopene they contain.  And once cooked, they will store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Toss them into salads, onto veggie casseroles or as added flavor to mac and cheese.

herbs de provence tomatoes Beauty and the Beets

I personally love using herbs de provence for a slow roasted vegetable like this. A mix of lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano and marjoram, the herbs stand up to the robust flavor of roasted tomatoes and don’t overpower its flavor. However, be open to any other seasoning like parsley, sage or even cumin. Whatever tickles your fancy. And whatever you want to compliment the other foods you are serving.

How to slow roast herb tomatoes Beauty and the Beets

Slow Roasted Herb Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Herb Tomatoes

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 ripe tomatoes,, variety- Roma, heirloom, large cherry etc. **
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • herbs de provence,, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250° Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice each tomato in half and place on the baking sheer, cut side facing up.
  3. Spoon a small amount of vegetable stock onto each tomato and top with the herbs.
  4. Slow roast the tomatoes for 4-6 hours.
  5. The longer the tomatoes roast, the more concentrated the flavor will become.

Notes

**Bear in mind the smaller the tomato, the less amount of cooking time you will need to achieve a strong flavor.

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Herb slow roasted tomatoes Beauty and the Beets

Do you have the patience for this recipe?

Helen Corbin

Monday 22nd of February 2016

There is only one major problem that occurs when I roast tomatoes - I EAT MOST of them before I get a chance to use them for anything else :-) I just love them so much and they are just great to snack on.

I have always used olive oil on but I will most definitely do the veggie broth now for two reasons: they will be less calories AND they will keep their own flavor instead of having the olive oil taste.

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