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Get Forked Friday: Slow Roasted Tomatoes and 15 things to do with them!

Tomatoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes and 15 things to do with them!

In a lot of my recipes I put things that some may not how to make, such as roasted tomatoes.. so this simple recipe will help you elevate your dinner time! Roasting tomatoes coaxes out the flavors, it makes them sweet and a bit concentrated.

What you need: Roma or vine Ripe Tomatoes (however many you need for what you are making) 3 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and Pepper to Taste

What to do: Quarter the tomatoes and lay them out on a baking sheet Put olive oil, salt and pepper and toss around till everything is good and coated

Place in the oven on 250 degrees for approx. 1 1/2-2 hours keep an eye on them so they don’t burn, but you want them to have a nice caramelization on them Once they are done you can store them in a jar in the fridge for around 2 weeks. Top the jar with olive oil after adding the tomatoes. (There is a faster version of roasting tomatoes, 350 degrees for 30-45 min, but slow roasting is the best way to go if you have the time on a Sunday afternoon!)

Now that you have roasted tomatoes, what can you do with them? I’m going to tell you!!

Add them to soups or stews
Make chili and don't ever buy a can of stewed tomatoes again
Put them in a food processor and make some tomatoes soup
Roast Cherry tomatoes and toss them in a salad
Make a Caprice Salad
Make a Salsa
Make a Pesto and toss with pasta
Add the tomatoes to a hummus
Make a BLT
Add them to a quiche
Make a Tomato tart with ricotta on a pastry sheet
Make a tomato sauce (you can roast garlic and basil with the tomatoes for added yumminess!)
Toss with roasted vegetables like squash or zucchini for a yummy side dish!
Add to an avocado salad with some red onion! (you can roast the red onion with the tomatoes as well! Yum!)
Put little balsamic glaze on them and eat up

In all honesty all of these ideas sound really good, but heck.. just pup some in your mouth and eat them just like they are and I promise you will be a happy camper! Let us know what you do with yours!

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Maria-mills-benatAbout the Author: Maria Mills-Benat is a Port Orange-based chef and has started a service of offering in-home cooking classes. She has a passion for cooking for others and has been doing so professionally for 10 year. Read full bio here.

Disclosure: Some posts may contain links that compensate me. Please read the disclosure.


Get Forked Friday: Winter Chicken Ragu - an easy one pot meal that's good on a cold day!

Chicken-rague

Winter Chicken Ragu An easy one pot meal that's so good on a cold day!

What you need:

Chicken Thighs
8 Roma Tomatoes cut into large chunks
1 Bay Leaf
1 small sprig of rosemary chopped
10 cloves of fresh garlic chopped
3 Carrots diced
2 leeks diced
1/2 large red onion Julianne 2
stalks of celery diced
1 1/2 cup of a good chianti Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Season your chicken on both sides with your favorite Italian seasoning, salt and pepper Put a good swig of olive oil in your dutch oven or large high sided pan and heat up on med high add the rosemary and bay leaf for just a min to flavor the oil, remove till later Put the chicken in the pan and brown both sides then remove Drain some of the fat if needed turn the heat down to medium low and put in the garlic to sauté for approx 1 min Add the Onion, Celery, leek, Carrot, rosemary and Bay leaf as well as a little of your Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and sauté on med/low for approx 10-15 min. The longer and lower onions cook the sweeter they get Add the tomatoes stir well turn heat on high and add the wine, place the chicken on top of the ragu, turn heat down to medium/low and cover, cooking for approx. 30 min After 30 min uncover and allow another 5-10 min of cooking time to cook the alcohol off the wine

Serve over Rice! Note: The wine tends to make the chicken meat red/purple your chicken isn't undercooked, just discolored rom the wine.

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Maria-mills-benatAbout the Author: Maria Mills-Benat is a Port Orange-based chef and has started a service of offering in-home cooking classes. She has a passion for cooking for others and has been doing so professionally for 10 year. Read full bio here.

Disclosure: Some posts may contain links that compensate me. Please read the disclosure.