Friday, September 5, 2014

Oven Dried Tomatoes

I love to grow Roma Tomatoes
as they are so dense and prolific
and fit well into all of my recipes.

This year I decided to make some
dried tomatoes and have made three
batches already as we have just been
gobbling them down as fast as I
make them.

My Romas this year were really long
and I cut them into slices and drained
them on paper towel for a few minutes
to absorb some of the extra juice.
Turn them over and do the other side.

Place the slices on a piece of parchment paper
and then brush them with just a touch
of olive oil.  I chose Trader Joe's Basil Olive Oil,
but you could use any.

I seasoned half of them with a little
Montreal Steak Seasoning and the 
other half with sea salt and fresh ground

Of course I preferred the ones
seasoned with Montreal!  There 
is that punch of garlic and herbs.

Place the baking sheet in a preheated 275
degree oven for about one hour.  They were
still a little moist and bendable.  Then let
them sit out uncovered overnight.  They
dried to the perfect texture.

We have had them on the counter for a
snack and have used them in an Italian
chicken dish


and also on homemade pizza.

Yum!  We are using them up as 
fast as I make them.

These are so quick and easy and you
pay such a fortune for sun dried tomatoes
so try making your own in the oven.


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  1. J, I love tomatoes and I am definitely doing this asap. You make it look so easy I think I can manage!!! Thanks so much. Sending you a big hug...been missing so much blogging with sickness in the house which has lasted almost this entire summer. xx's

  2. This sounds wonderful. They must add a great flavor to everything. Blessings, Catherine

  3. Love that you have such beautiful home grown tomatoes...I must buy them to dry them for recipes!...they look wonderful!...Have a great weekend!

  4. They look delicious!! I don't have any Roma tomatoes, how do you think others would do? Also, I am looking for a tried and true pizza crust. Yours looks fantastic. Can you share the recipe?

    Jane xx

  5. Great idea, Jacqueline! I was planning to use my dehydrator to dry tomatoes, but the process is rather complicated - it takes up to 3 days, and you have to rotate the trays every 6 hours. Your way sound MUCH easier. Going to bookmark this post. Thanks!

  6. Good morning, JACQUELINE!!!!!!!

    It took me way too long to get here and thank you for your kind words upon your visit two days ago!!! School started and my days are full and my nights are spent flopping on the couch and making zzzzzzzzzzz!

    Trader Joe's Basil Olive Oil is so great. We frequent TJs their products make the best addition to a great meal. I must use dried tomatoes in my Italian and Southern French recipes! I used to dry my own back in the day of pre-graduate studies, and now that I teach, I barely can eek out a homemade pizza!

    Wishing you a fantastic prelude to fall, beautiful and talented friend! Anita

  7. I am absolutely going to try this! I've never tried the 'over night on the counter' method but it looks like it works beautifully.

  8. Yummy looking, Jacqueline. That pizza has my name all over it!

  9. Hi, can I have your email please? Thanks.

  10. OH, GOODNESS! We love these things, though I haven't made any in quite some time.

    And the picture of the about-to-bake pizza with the flame in the background---you know, I used to belong to a cooking-and-restaurant blog which had some exquisitely-amazing photos and dishes. One day, my reply was, "Couldn't you just DIVE into that trifle?"

    From then on, everybody would caption every beautiful, gotta-have-a-taste dish with "DIVE!"

    That pizza awaiting the fire is a DIVE of the first magnitude. Save for the uncooked crust, I think I'd have just gotten a spoon.



  11. Tomatoes are great and very good for prostrate, so hubs always has them in different ways. Now I am going to try this Asap Jacqueline, we are going to love it! Thanks for sharing and for your wonderful visit, you made my day!
    Have a great week ahead.

  12. Oh I have to try using Montreal Steak Seasoning on some oven dried tomatoes now! Thanks for the tip and letting them sit out overnight :)


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