Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Oven Dried Tomatoes

Here it is Wednesday and I am starting preparation for a dinner party I am hosting on Sunday. My fellow food blog friend Heather Arndt Anderson and her husband Scott (and Scott's Mom Linda) are coming to my house for dinner. Probably one of the coolest things that has happened since I started writing this blog is the correspondence I have received about the food I like to cook. The actual "coolest" thing is having met Heather and Scott through my blog. These two are a fun young couple and together we have been to a gnarly beer event, a dinner at their house and the coup de grĂ¢ce, the pig roast that Heather threw for Scott's birthday.
This weekend I am having them over and I get to cook for them. I am planning to cook a leg of lamb and one of the vegetables I like to do this time of year is a tomato dish.
that I call:

Oven Dried Tomatoes
20 Ripe Plum Tomatoes-halved and seeded
2 Garlic Cloves-minced
1 Tsp Fresh Thyme
2 Shallots-minced
Olive Oil
Black Pepper

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the plum tomatoes with the olive oil, shallots, garlic and thyme and season generously with salt and pepper. Turn the tomatoes cut side up and roast them for about 3½ hours, or until they are somewhat dry but still plump.

Yields: 40 halves

This only sounds like alot of Tomatoes. Once you make these you will want to boost the recipe the next time you dig this recipe out. If I lived in Tuscany instead of Portland, Oregon I would be partially drying these in the sun. Since I am in Oregon and I want to get these tomatoes dried before Halloween I am going to tossing them in a very low oven. I will post the menu for my dinner on Friday-Ciao!


Heather said...

Haha, true dat about having to use the oven (although today you could probably get some toms dry in the sun).

Linda actually can't make it after all, she's gonna hang out with Scott's nephew and nieces instead. So it'll just be us kids.

Also, your post gave me warm and fuzzies. I'm happy that blogging brought us together, too. It's like a Captain and Tenille song. :)