Summer Fest: A Celebration of Slow-Roasted Tomatoes
The Summer Fest theme this week is tomatoes, and I can't think of a better thing to talk about than slow-roasted tomatoes. I made these for the first time last September and they were absolutely amazing. Although I made them a few more times throughout the year with grocery store cherry tomatoes, I've been waiting for some good summer tomatoes to roast.
Yesterday I roasted a tray of 20 gorgeous Roma tomatoes that I had picked up at the Saturday Farmer's Market. It took all day, but the end result was fantastic. I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I ate about 15 of those tomatoes for dinner last night. I just kept picking them off the tray as they were cooling. My name is Nicole and I ate 15 Roma tomatoes in one night! Now you know why you aren't seeing photos of slow-roasted Roma tomatoes... I ate them before I could photograph them.
But I also roasted a pan of cherry tomatoes since I didn't have enough Romas to fill two pans. If you're going to have the oven on all day anyway, you really should fill all the racks with tomatoes. I managed to eat at least a handful of the cherry tomatoes, too. I know what you're thinking. But you'll understand once you make some yourself. You should do that.
And here are some more links to help you along your tomato-roasting journey. These bloggers won't steer you wrong. You need to do this!
Instructions for Slow-Roasting Tomatoes:
- Slow-Roasted Tomatoes at Stephen Cooks
- Slow-Roasted Tomatoes at A Veggie Venture
- How to Make Slow-Roasted Tomatoes at Kalyn's Kitchen
- Slow-Roasted Tomatoes at Smitten Kitchen
- Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Sea Salt and Ground Coriander at Orangette
- Slow-Roasted Tomatoes at Andrea's Recipes
What to do with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes:
- Pasta Salad with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, Grilled Zucchini, and Basil at Kalyn's Kitchen
- Slow-Roasted Tomato Bruschetta at The Perfect Pantry
- Slow-Roasted Tomato Hummus at Andrea's Recipes
- Slow-Roasted Tomato Sauce at The Kitchn
- Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup at A Veggie Venture
Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Tomatoes:
- Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: Heirloom Tomato Tart with Parmesan Crust
- Alison at Food2: Heirloom tomatoes
- The FN Dish: Tyler's Ultimate Tomato Salads
- Margaret at A Way to Garden: More than one way to ripen a tomato
- Gilded Fork: Celebrating summer lusciousness with a tomato dossier and recipes
- Diane and Todd at White on Rice Couple: Sun-dried tomatoes (actually made in the sun!)
- Paige at The Sister Project: 3 substantial, healthy, vegetarian tomatoey main dishes
- Liz at the Cooking Channel: Easy Tomato Tart
- Kelly at Just a Taste: Tomato Jam
- Alexis at Food Network UK: The seven deadly tomato sins
- Michelle at Healthy Eats: Top 10 Things to Do With Tomatoes
- Marilyn at Simmer Till Done: Cherry Tomato & Maytag Blue Beignets
- Alana at Eating From the Ground Up: Roasted Green Salsa (green zebras and tomatillos), and how late August makes her hurt for New Mexico
- Tigress in a Pickle: Over 50 ways to preserve tomatoes in jars
- Caron at San Diego Foodstuff: Chunky Garden Gazpacho with Flowered Corn Tortillas and Melissa Clark's Tomato Tarte Tatin
- Judy of Over a Tuscan Stove: Tomatoes the Italian Way
- Cate at Sweetnicks: A Loaded Bowl (filled with brown rice, Jersey fresh tomatoes, buttery avocados and more deliciousness)
How You Can Join in Summer Fest 2010
Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? You can contribute to our online recipe swap in various ways, big or small.
Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer/Fall Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.
The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.
Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of Matt Bites), or the new pumpkin version he just did if it’s for September 22 onward.
Summer/Fall Fest 2010 Posting Schedule
9/1: Sweet and Spicy Peppers
9/15: White (or colorful “white”…but not sweet) Potatoes
10/6: Fall Salads
10/13: Pumpkin + Winter Squash
10/27: “Mad Stash” (as in what you’re shoving in freezer/jars/dehydrator, etc.)
11/3: Root veggies
11/10: Brassicas: incl. Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage or other
11/17: Sweet Potatoes
11/24: Bounty to Be Grateful For