- 7-8 plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, trimmed and halved lengthwise
- ¼ teaspoon evaporated cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon dried mint or 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
- Pinch of dried red chile flakes (optional)
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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I love everything there is about tomatoes — I even eat them like apples. Everything, that is, except for sun-dried tomatoes. I don't know whether it's the chewy texture or the intense flavor (which doesn't taste like a tomato to me), but I really don't like them. It's the one ingredient that can steer me away from a dish.
However, this recipe is as close to a sun-dried tomato as I can get. I only cook them for 2 ½ hours so that they still retain some of their juices but have a more concentrated flavor. If you'd like, you can continue to cook them for 3-4 hours total, so that they shrivel up and more closely resemble a sun-dried tomato (or oven-dried tomato rather). I use these in pastas, with grilled pork, steak, chicken, or quickly cooked fish. To be honest, I also just eat them as they are.
Preheat the oven to its lowest setting, usually around 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the tomatoes on it, cut side up. Distribute all of the remaining ingredients evenly over the tomatoes, just using a tiny drizzle of olive oil. Place in the oven and cook for 2 ½ hours or longer if desired.
Calories per serving:81 calories
Dietary restrictions:Low Carb, Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free