Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Winter Tomatoes

One thing we love about summer is tomatoes. Fresh garden tomatoes full of flavor. We eat them many ways and at many meals during the summer. We savor the short time that garden tomatoes are available.

Come fall and winter, we avoid fresh tomatoes with the exception of the little grape or cherry ones that although they don't taste of sunshine and summer at least they do have some flavor.

It's not summer on a plate but they are flavorful . . . store bought plum tomatoes roasted with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and fresh basil.

The intense tomato flavor that roasting brings out turns these ho hum tomatoes into flavorful tomatoes.
The recipe comes from Ina Garten. Seems to be an Ina week at Linderhof! From her new cookbook, Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics. We ate them as she suggested, in a caprese salad.

Roasted Tomatoes
(From Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics)

12 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeds (not cores) removed
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on a sheet pan in a single layer. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the garlic and sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 2 hours until the tomatoes are concentrated and begin to carmelize.


Southerncook said...

Martha, You have inspired me. One of those things I need to prepaare when I get my kitchen back. They look yummy. Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Those look really good! I'm lucky to be still getting a few home grown ones here. Cold snap coming soon though..

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, Martha! You've convinced me to take a look at Ina's new book -

Becky said...

Martha, those look so good!