With spring arriving, sounds and smells are enticing. Our senses are heightened, and we revel in little things like sunshine, the chirping of birds…and fresh produce! Ahhh, the colors, the scents…flowers, vegetables and fruit.
Here is a really quick recipe that evokes the freshness of produce. Really, the best time for this could be summer, since it involves tomatoes. But being that it uses the oven, it’s actually great for any time of year.
ROASTED GRAPE TOMATOES, GARLIC AND ROSEMARY:
2 pints grape tomatoes
Several peeled, cloves garlic (at least 20)
Salt and Pepper
Rosemary (can be dried)
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Wash your tomatoes, peel your garlic (or buy it peeled. I use Trader Joe’s premium peeled garlic in shrink wrapped bags). Throw your tomatoes and garlic into your roasting pan, and drizzle with Olive Oil (extra virgin!). Salt and Pepper to taste, sprinkle with rosemary, and toss to coat all with the oil.
Roast on 300 degrees for an hour, then lower it to about 275 degrees for a few hours, or until the tomatoes burst, and the garlic is nicely browned and roasted.
I store mine in 4 ounce glass mason jars in the fridge. We use it as a spread on good bread, as an additive to pasta sauce, pasta e fagioli, or as a sauce on its own, tossed with some capers and olives and a hearty macaroni, like rigatoni. The roasted tomatoes can even be a side dish on their own! It is a super-simple recipe to follow, and your kitchen and whole house will smell outrageously good to boot!