10 Ways to Use Roasted (or Sun-Dried) Tomatoes

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8/15/2011 2:00 PM   :  21 comments   :  30,134 Views

It sure has been a hot summer here in Kentucky.  Earlier today I went out for my run and wished I had gotten up at 4:00 a.m. instead of 5:30.  While passing a group of walkers I commented that it was like running in a bowl of soup.... and not chilled gazpacho!  A mile down the road I thought to myself that it could be worse and to make the best of the hot weather.  "My gosh," I thought. "Look what Mother Nature is giving us in our gardens.  Tomatoes are in full season due to the hot dry weather." (Check out those beauties from the garden and the farmers market, all ready to be roasted--if they don't get eaten before then!)
 
The moral of the story is that when life hands you a bushel of tomatoes, make something with them.  Give Chef Meg's Oven Roasted Tomatoes recipe a try to extend the season of your harvest.  Roasting tomatoes intensifies the flavor of the tomato, and it's an easy way to store them for winter. 
 
Oven-roasted tomatoes are a great basic to always have on hand! Instead of spending money on expensive, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, make your own.

Make large batches when tomatoes are in season, then freeze them for use during winter. Serve them in a sauce over whole wheat pasta, on a sandwich or in a green salad.


So what can you do with those roasted tomatoes? Use them anyplace you would use sun-dried tomatoes or…  
 
  1. Mix with dried apricots and dried cherries for a summer coulis.  Spoon it over pork, chicken, or brown rice for a sweet-sour taste blend.
  1. Mix with fresh mozzarella, balsamic vinegar, and shredded basil for a cool summer appetizer.
  1. Puree with assorted hot and sweet peppers and cool cucumbers for a flavorful gazpacho.
  1. Toss with chopped roasted eggplant, creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs, then serve over whole-wheat pasta.
  1. Pair with peppery arugula atop a whole-wheat pizza crust (take help from the store and buy the dough for a quick meal).
  1. Toss with sliced fennel, cucumbers, and dill for a crunchy side dish.
  1. Spoon over scrambled eggs or fold inside your next omelet.
  1. Puree and add to soups and stews.
  1. My favorite: Fold into cheese grits then top with grilled shrimp--yum! (Recipe coming soon!)
     
  2. Try them in this recipe: Baked Chicken with Garlic and Sun Dried Tomatoes (Chef Meg's Makeover)
What is your favorite way to use roasted or sun-dried tomatoes?
 
 
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Comments

  • 21
    I love mixing thawed frozen (or cooked) spinach, chopped dried tomatoes and a touch of mozzarella together, and stuff in chicken breasts. yum! - 8/29/2012   2:55:48 AM
  • KATAGIRL1
    20
    wow this is great! - 8/23/2011   4:04:59 PM
  • 19
    I just wish I could find some really good tomatoes. I love them but the ones I'm finding this summer are not tasty. - 8/16/2011   2:48:37 PM
  • 18
    I love roasted, sundried tomatoes on pizza, on bruschetta , and in spagetti sauce. - 8/16/2011   1:37:55 PM
  • 17
    WOW!! What ***AWESOME*** tips & recipes!! I did a SparkSearch for your HOW TO 'do' the dried tomatoes, and another SparkSearch on your DELICIOUS chicken recipe and I can't wait to try 'em both!! EXCELLENT share!! THANK YOU!! ::slurp:: - 8/16/2011   8:40:07 AM
  • ALLIB22
    16
    Interesting. Never thought of roasting them to dry them. - 8/16/2011   2:50:07 AM
  • 15
    I love sun dried tomatoes on pizza or tossed with mushroom, spinach, mozzarella balls and pasta. - 8/15/2011   11:58:01 PM
  • 14
    Want to thank you so much for the suggestions for tomatos. Usually have tomatos left at the end of their season or sometimes even daily. Now I know how to do the right thing for the poor fellows. Thanks - 8/15/2011   11:57:07 PM
  • 13
    Just go to Spark Recipes for Chef Meg's Oven Roasted Tomatoes - 8/15/2011   10:59:04 PM
  • 12
    I saw all the ways to use roasted tomato but how about how you make them??? - 8/15/2011   10:15:54 PM
  • 11
    I too would love to know the exact procedure and directions, oven temp, and time, to roast tomatoes. I love sundried tomatoes, but usually buy them if I need them. Wouldn't you put them in a dehydrator to make sun-dried tomatoes rather than in the oven? How would you get all of the moisture out of them? - 8/15/2011   9:04:48 PM
  • WITCHYWOMAN45
    10
    So many new possibilities...and the need for a bigger freezer! - 8/15/2011   8:13:06 PM
  • 9
    Great ideas here! (Looks like there are some link issues -- no link for your roasted tomato recipe, and the chicken recipe link failed) - 8/15/2011   8:04:52 PM
  • 8
    I was in Kentucky a week ago, and it was very hot. We couldn't sit outside without sweating, so we stayed inside in the a/c. But, the sungold tomatoes were fruitful, and tasty. - 8/15/2011   7:59:40 PM
  • 7
    I'm sure it's easy, but I wish you would have put the directions how to roast the tomatoes! - 8/15/2011   7:48:20 PM
  • 6
    They're great in stir fries and I especially love using them in Mexican inspired dishes. - 8/15/2011   3:46:24 PM
  • 5
    Oh, DEFINITELY the chicken with garlic & sun-dried tomatoes!! One of my favorite dishes! - 8/15/2011   3:26:45 PM
  • 4
    Love em in a Greek salad. - 8/15/2011   3:04:36 PM
  • 3
    When you roast them do you put any EVOO or salt and pepper on them. What temp and how long? - 8/15/2011   2:32:21 PM
  • 2
    I love the fresh mozerella, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil with fresh tomatoes! It is a fave summer salad! I'll have to try roasting some of these tomatoes for winter! Thanks! - 8/15/2011   2:25:16 PM
  • 1
    I love love love slow roasted tomatoes! I made them last year for the first time and am anxious for my romas to come in so I can make more. I froze mine and used them on homemade pizza, in omelets and tossed with pasta. I must admit that not as many were frozen as I'd planned - they were so tasty I was putting one in my mouth for every three or four going in the freezer bag. :) - 8/15/2011   2:10:56 PM

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