For several weeks I was blogging recipes from the wonderful cookbook, "Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan, keeping up with the gang at French Fridays with Dorie. Then I fell off the wagon. But--I'm back!! And what an easy week to pick: Slow-Roasted Tomatoes.
Here's the idea: slice tomatoes, brush with olive oil, cook in slow oven for three hours. The result: concentrated tomato taste, like a sun-dried tomato but without the leathery texture. Then these tomatoes can be used as an ingredient in other recipes.
Here are my grape tomatoes, ready to go into the oven. The rosemary is from my garden. I didn't add garlic, although that would have also been delicious.
Here is a view after they are done roasting:
See how shriveled they are? Rather like large raisins, but still juicy.
I tossed them with some pasta, more olive oil, and parmesan cheese. The verdict? Simple tomato-y goodness, sweet and bright, and I don't even like tomatoes! Bill loved them, too. The kids, um, well. This really is a little outside the normal range of things they like, so they don't count on this one.
Now, I'm also trying to go back and pick up some of the past recipes, because I missed some good ones. Working backwards, I also started the citrus-berry terrine. "Terrine" is fancy-cooking-ese for fruit in jello. This was a hoot to make! I have never used plain gelatin in anything, but I have conquered my fear.
Here is the plain gelatin softening in a little water.