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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oven-Dried Roasted Sun Dried Tomatoes

   Got an abundance of tomatoes from your garden? Check out this delicious way to preserve fresh tomatoes. The result is a sweet & flavorful tomato that can be stored in your freezer for future recipes.

  I usually make oven-dried roasted tomatoes in the summer when friends give me an abundance of tomatoes from their gardens. Roasting the tomatoes in the oven are very similar to sun-dried tomatoes. I like to make oven-roasted tomatoes year-round as they can be used in so many dishes. I usually make roasted tomatoes with cherry or grape tomatoes but any size tomato will work. Oven-roasted tomatoes taste so sweet and I eat them like candy.

 You can make oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes with any size tomatoes. Plum tomatoes are the best for roasting in the oven as you just have to slice them in half. If you are using round garden tomatoes like Beefsteak tomatoes, slice the tomato in thick slices as thin slices tend to burn. The thick tomato slices make for a nice chewy sun-dried tomato. You can even use cherry tomatoes, just slice them in half.

Types of tomatoes to oven-roast
~ Plum
~ Beefstake
~ Roma
~ Cherry
~ Grape

These tomatoes were the perfect size for roasting

 Making sweet roasted tomatoes is so easy. You just slice the tomatoes into slices and then place them on a baking sheet that is covered with a silicone sheet or parchment paper. For additional flavor, you can drizzle olive oil on the tomato slices and sprinkle them with salt. You can even sprinkle some herbs like rosemary over the sliced tomatoes. The tomatoes will cook just fine with nothing on them.

A weekend day of cooking
 You can't rush the slow roasting that the oven-dried tomatoes require. The cooking time will be 4-6 hours. So plan on making these delicious red sweet tomatoes on a day that you are going to be home for several hours. After 4 hours of cooking time, you will need to check on the slices of tomatoes every 30 minutes to see if they are becoming dry. You can oven-roast them to a chewy texture that leaves the tomatoes flexible or you can keep the tomato slices a bit moist. It all depends on how you like them to taste. When the tomatoes are done roasting in the oven, make sure to store the tomato pieces in the fridge or in the freezer for longer storage.

Storage Tips
~ Store the roasted tomatoes in the fridge and use them up in a week
~ Place them in freezer bags for longer storage
~ Freeze to use in recipes

Check out this recipe for
Roasted Tomatoes Made In The Air Fryer

  My favorite way to eat tomatoes that were roasted in the oven is on a cracker with dairy-free cream cheese. I also love using roasted tomatoes on pizza and Rosemary and Caramelized onion Focaccia. Oven-roasted tomatoes can be stored for a week in the fridge. If you don't eat them all then you can place them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer. When your garden explodes with tomatoes, just slice them up and make oven-dried roasted sun-dried tomatoes. I don't have a garden so I love making sun-dried tomatoes when tomatoes go on sale at the store. They are so easy to make.

Uses for oven-roasted tomatoes
~ Place on pizza
~ Toss in salads
~ Stir into pasta sauce
~ Eat them with crackers
~ Chop them and add them to dips
~ Add to recipes that call for fresh or can tomatoes
~ Add them to a focaccia
~ Use them on bruschetta
~  Stir them into soups
~ Place on top of fresh basil and mozzarella cheese ~ drizzle with balsamic glaze

Oven-Dried Roasted Tomatoes
  oven 250 F degrees
cook time 4- 6 hours

   Tomatoes, any kind will work but I love using cherry or plum tomatoes

 All you do is wash the tomatoes and trim off the tops. For plum tomatoes, you just cut in them half. For bigger tomatoes slice in 1/4 inch or bigger slices. Place them on parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. Sprinkle with salt. Bake them until they are dried but still flexible. The texture is similar to a moist raisin or prune. I recommend trying a couple as they bake to see what texture and taste that you prefer. If you will be using them within 1-2 weeks then they can be on the moist side. If you are freezing them to use later, make them more dried like a raisin. The smaller ones will dry quicker so check them after 4 hours. Cool on plates. 

 The roasted tomatoes are wonderful on pizza or in pasta dishes. I love to eat the dried tomatoes on crackers with cream cheese. Store them in the fridge if you will be enjoying them within 2 weeks or freeze them for longer storage. To freeze them, lay the tomatoes on a baking sheet. Then freeze for several hours in the freezer. Once the tomatoes are frozen, place them into a freezer bag. These delicious sun-dried tomatoes will last for several months in the freezer. To enjoy the tomatoes, just thaw them from the freezer or toss the tomato slices into recipes. 

When I make homemade pizza, I place the frozen tomatoes from the freezer directly on the pizza dough, no need to thaw them. 

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Skye McLain said...

These look super yummy!

Brianne said...

These look really good and easy to make! Looks like homemade pizza will soon be on the menu, and tomatoes will be in the recipe!

Sherry said...

I haven't tried making my own sundried tomatoes before. This would be so much more economical.

Gust si Aroma said...

I love sun dried tomatoes. I've never made them at home. I am sure that they are better than the store bought!

Jeni Hawkins said...

I can imagine a ton of ways on how to cook tomatoes. This is one of the best ways doing it. My Italian friends are going to like this

krystal said...

Tomatoes are my favorite but I've never roasted them. What a delicious idea and simple side!

Celebrate Woman said...

I have fresh pizza dough in my fridge and was thinking what to do with it. Now I know! Swiping this recipe, Tara!

Ckrusch said...

Sounds amazing! So many ways I can use them! Can't wait to try your recipe this coming weekend!

Heather said...

These look delicious! I've never done this on my own but we purchase sun dried tomatoes often. I'm definitely trying to make these this week!

Krystel | Frugal Living said...

This just put me in the mood for some flatbread. Yum, those tomatoes must be delicious

Katrina Kroeplin said...

oh my family would love if i made this for them. i have to save this for later.

Sarah Bailey said...

This sounds like an absolutely delicious way to enjoy tomato's I've never thought of making these myself.

Kelli A said...

I love sun dried tomatoes I never thought to try and make my own!

Katie Kinsley said...

These oven dried tomatoes would go great on so many dishes! yumm

Anne Marie said...

We love to grill pizza at home. This would make a perfect topping!

Richelle Escat said...

I haven't tried sundried tomatoes even I store bought. I wonder if if really tastes great.

Scarlett Brooklyn said...

Such a convenient way to do so, thanks for the idea.

Ivan Jose said...

That's a great way to prepare and store tomatoes. I like grilled tomatoes but these oven dried tomatoes look great for cooking.

Lynndee said...

I love dried roasted tomatoes but always just buy them at the supermarket. This would be interesting to try. -LYNNDEE

monicazyoung said...

I always get mine in a bag or jar at the store, but I am going to be adventurous and make them at home next time

Gust si Aroma said...

Sun dried tomatoes are our favorite appetizer. I am so curious to try to make them at home!

Faith Elijahleen Stephenson said...

I want to try this recipe. I am sure my husband would love this

Unknown said...

Oh wow! Looks really delicious! This makes me crave for a pizza!

Rach said...

I haven't tried making sundried tomatoes before but that sounds interesting. I'd love to give this a try and it looks quite delicious as well.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your recipe is the 1st I have seen that tells you how to do garden tomatoes in slices, and not just cherry or Roma! Making these tomorrow :)

Kim said...

That pizza looks so delicious. Thanks for a wonderful how-to.

Marysa said...

We have used sun dried tomatoes a lot, but I've never tried to maket them before. Sounds like it is easy enough. Great staple to be able to make at home!

Megan | The Booknerd Lifestyle said...

Tomatoes are my favorite but I've never roasted them before. This sounds like a tasty recipe for me to try. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Megan said...

Perfect timing -- I'm looking forward to a bumper crop of tomatoes this year, and searching for ways to preserve them all. This looks like an easy and delicious way to prep them, and then freeze them to enjoy them through the winter!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe for oven-dried roasted tomatoes! Your step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow, making it accessible for beginners. I appreciate the tips on different types of tomatoes to use and the various ways to enjoy the roasted tomatoes. Keep up the great work!


Beautiful Touches said...

These oven dried roasted tomatoes look like a tasty addition to any salad or sandwich!

Anonymous said...

I love sundried tomatoes but I've never tried preparing them myself. I'd like to give this a try. -LYNNDEE

Richelle Milar said...

This is new to me but it really looks absolutely delicious and tasty!

Lady In Read said...

these look so good. i love sundried tomatoes so will be sure to try them

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