Slow Roasted Tomatoes

The farmer’s markets have officially moved indoors in Chicago and the growing season will soon come to an end. 🙁

While root vegetables and squash store well throughout the winter, tomatoes are always a treat to have on hand. Properly preparing tomatoes ahead of time to last through the winter is one way to ensure you won’t be missing out on their sweet flavors when the cold weather finally arrives. Tomatoes can be blanched and frozen (they will resume their freshness upon defrosting), stewed into sauces and salsas(another scenario where canning skills would come in handy), or roasted into oven-dried tomatoes.

Here is a slow-roasted tomato recipe I made out of Local Flavors by Deborah Madison (I am totally in love with this cookbook!). I only had a few tomatoes on hand, so the recipe quantity has been reduced.


  • 3 roma tomatoes (these tomatoes work best because they contain minimal juice and lots of thick, meaty flesh)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 300*F. Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise (and a second time if you want smaller pieces). Set them cut side up in a baking dish and brush all surfaces with olive oil. Sprinkle with herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Bake uncovered for 2 hours. Check on them after an hour and brush more olive oil over them if they look too dry. Store tomatoes in refrigerator or freeze until winter.



I think I am going to toss these on a pizza with some arugula and goat cheese for dinner later this week!

On a totally unrelated note, I am completely addicted to my homemade Halloween candy! Someone needs to take these things away from me before things get out of control!


  1. I have always wanted to try these! They look amazing.

  2. …..ANDDDD this is why we are friends. seriously.


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