Food Review: Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

By: John Mills
Diversions Editor

Roasting vegetables is a nice way to change up your meals. Many vegetables are a good candidate for this treatment, but my absolute favorite has to be tomatoes.

Roasted tomatoes are a great accompaniment for any Italian-themed recipe, but partner well with any recipe that includes cooked tomatoes.

The recipe below is tailored for Italian-style recipes, but can be reworked for other recipes as well.

You will need: 

  • An oven 
  • An oven-safe dish of sufficient size to hold the number of tomatoes you plan to cook 
  • A reasonable number of tomatoes (2-4 is recommended) 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Minced garlic to taste 
  • Fresh or dried basil and oregano to taste 

To start, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the rack that the dish will go on to the highest position it will fit.

Next, take the oven-safe dish and coat the interior with olive oil. On a cutting board, slice all the tomatoes in half lengthwise, so that you cut the stem root in half.

Place the tomatoes face up in the dish and drizzle with additional olive oil. Coat the sliced tomato halves thoroughly with the oil that is already in the dish.

I suggest shaking the dish around for entertainment, but there are more effective ways of going about this.

Once the tomatoes are fully coated, apply salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.

Then, using a spoon, apply as much garlic as you like to the open sides of the tomatoes.

With the prep work done, place the dish into the pre-heated oven, and cook tomatoes for at least 15 minutes.

It is likely that more time will be required, but 15 minutes is the absolute minimum.

After 15 minutes, check every five until tomatoes are soft and pliable but not yet falling apart. Remove from oven and serve.

If serving with pasta, use seasoned olive oil left in dish to oil pasta or simply for extra flavor.

This has been one of my favorite recipes recently because it is so easy, tasty, and can be done alongside the rest of a meal very easily.

It pairs very well with rice, pasta, chicken, bacon, Italian sausage, or really anything else that works well with tomatoes and garlic.

The next time you’re looking to change up how you cook tomatoes, look into oven roasting them.

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