Roasting tomatoes is one of the easiest ways to amp up the flavor in everyday dishes. And when I say easy, I mean REALLY, really easy. Roasting the tomatoes with balsamic vinegar makes them extra flavorful!
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When you roast tomatoes, the flavor concentrates so they end up more flavorful (duh) and a little sweeter. Roasting is a great way to bring the flavor out of not so great tomatoes. Maybe the ones you bought aren't ripening well or it's not tomato season, roast them! OR even when it is tomato season and they don't necessarily need flavor coaxing, roast them anyway! You can't go wrong either way.
These are great because you can make them ahead of time and store them for later use. I like to use them in pastas, sandwiches, on toast, with eggs, whatever! They're great to have on hand to add a little more flavor to ordinary savory dishes.
They're also really pretty. I mean, why do you think I took so many photos?! You're definitely going to want to stack them and then have a tomato photo shoot.
Or is that just me?
If you want, you can add some herbs to the tomatoes. Sometimes I add a few sprigs of thyme if I've got some laying around. They'll be delicious either way!
Add tomatoes to your list for your next grocery trip and give this recipe a try! And might I suggest adding them to a grilled cheese sandwich for their first application?
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Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes
- 5 Roma tomatoes sliced
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 6 Cloves garlic smashed
- ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ Teaspoon pepper
- Fresh thyme sprigs optional
- Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, gently toss the tomato slices (being careful not to break them) with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper until evenly coated. Lay the tomato slices in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter the garlic cloves and thyme (if using) evenly over the tomatoes.
- Roast the tomatoes for 25 to 30 minutes or until shriveled and starting to brown at the edges.