Thursday, 24 March 2016

Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Whenever I find cherry tomatoes, I buy as much as I can to have leftovers to roast and store in the fridge for salads or freeze for sauces later on. The process is pretty simple and so rewarding as the roasting intensifies the flavour of the tomatoes. Choose organic if you can!


Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Tomatoes, a fruit not a vegetable (my kids were amazed!) contains a high amount of lycopene, an important anti-oxidant which has anti-cancer properties and needs to be obtained through diet as it isn't produced by your body. While most fruit and vegetables lose some of their valuable nutrients when cooked, the bioavailability of lycopene in tomatoes is increased which means the body can absorb more of this important anti-oxidant more easily and readily. A great reason to always cook your tomatoes!

If you want to use your oven in an economical way, you can just throw the tomatoes in at the end of your baking or roasting session and leave them in the oven while it cools down. They won't be as wrinkly as the photo but they are still roasted enough to increase the flavour, or just keep them in the tray and repeat the next day if you plan to use the oven again. I just leave them in the oven until the next day, usually after roasting dinner :)


Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour (plus cooling time of at least 2 hours)

Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

You will need: 
  • 1 or 2 punnet of cherry tomatoes (organic if possible)
  • a light drizzle of olive oil
Method:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 120C degrees (250F) for 15 minutes
  • Line a baking tray with paper and place the washed cherry tomatoes in a single layer
  • Lightly drizzle with some olive oil
  • Roast for 1 hour, then turn off the oven and leave the tomatoes in the oven for at least another 2 hours 
  • Use them in salads and store any extras in a glass jar in the fridge, if you have more than you need, crush them and store in a jar in the freeze to use in sauce later on
Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Slow Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Hope you enjoy this simple recipe!

May xx
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