I think it is just amazing that we live in a day and an age where something like this, grown and harvested on the Isle of Wight, can be picked on one day and then be sitting on my dining room table the next. They are absolutely beautiful, and arrived undamaged except for one which was slightly squashed. I ate that right away like an apple, lightly sprinkled with sea salt. Oh boy was it ever good!! I was not sorry I had ordered them. Not one bit.
We have both been enjoying them very much in the ensuing days. Yesterday I decided to make an Oven Roasted Tomato sauce with some of them. I am not sure what each variety of tomato is, but I think I picked the right ones for roasting and saucing anyways . . .
I used two different kinds. I think the longer one is one that would be used for cooking with. It was nice and fleshy. Not sure about the smaller ones, but they worked well in any case.
If you have never made an oven roasted tomato sauce before now, you really need to try it! This recipe is so simple and always turns out so delicious! Its a great recipe to use when you have a glut of tomatoes in the garden or when you have some anoemic tomatoes from the shops that you want to make taste better. Roasting tomatoes is always a real flavour enhancer!
Cut in half, roast in a special mixture, peel, blitz and serve. Simple.
There is nothing extraordinarily unusual in the roasting mixture. A good olive oil and some garlic . . .
Some dried basil and oregano . . .
You cut your tomatoes in half and lay them cut side down in the mixture and then roast them in a hot oven . . .
About 35 to 40 minutes in a hot oven until they are all rich and caramelised and have released their juices . . . mingling with the olive oil, garlic and herbs in the roasting tray . . .
You don’t need to peel them afterwards. I always do because I don’t like the feel of cooked tomato skins in my mouth.
The roasted flesh slips very easily out of the skins in any case. I just held them one at a time over the bowl of the food processor and they fell right in.
I don’t bother to remove the seeds. I don’t mind them. You can if you want to. I actually don’t have a full size food processor anymore. It is on my wish list to get one. The lid jammed shut on mine and I cannot get it off for love nor money. I use my Cookhouse mini chopper. Its a great little tool. I bet I use it just about every second day or so!
Anyways, just blitz the sauce until smooth and you are good to go. You can leave it a bit chunky if you like it that way. I do sometimes, and other times I like it smooth.
It is perfectly flavoured, with just the right amount of garlic and herbs . . . in short perfect. Just like the tomatoes I used to make it.
Today I served it on some radiatore so that there were plenty of little pocket to hug onto that lush sauce. Seriously tasty with some grated Parmesan on top.
Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
Author: Marie Rayner
This is the best tomato sauce. Fresh tomatoes when roasted have the most beautiful rich flavour. Simple and delicious.
- 2 pounds fresh tomatoes
- 3 or 4 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 tsp dried basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 TBS really good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Pre-heat your oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Wipe your tomatoes off with a damp cloth, cut them into halves and set aside.
- Pour the olive oil into the bottom of a large shallow baking tray with one inch sides. Scatter in the minced garlic, basil leaves, oregano leaves, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the tomatoes, cut side down, fitting them all into the sheet and spreading the olive oil mixture around beneath them. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes until soft, the skins are starting to peel off, and some of them are beginning to colour.
- Remove from the oven and let cool somewhat. Lift off all the peels and discard. You can then put them through a mouli to remove the seeds and puree them, but I prefer to just mash it all together with a fork. I like the extra texture and flavour of the seeds.
- Serve hot with your favourite pasta, or let cool and freeze in containers.
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I could seriously eat pasta until it comes out my ears. Todd not so much. I don’t mind. More for me!