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Savor tomato season a little longer

By America's Test Kitchen Staff
updated 9:50 AM EDT, Fri August 22, 2014
Extend the season of summer's greatest treat with this easy oven-roasting method. Extend the season of summer's greatest treat with this easy oven-roasting method.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Great tomatoes have a really short season
  • Still, too many can show up at once and they're a shame to waste
  • Extend the season by oven-roasting them and preserving them in olive oil
  • They can also be frozen, minus the oil, for up to three months

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(America's Test Kitchen) -- Fresh summer produce can't be beat, but if you have a robust garden or a particularly generous CSA arrangement, sometimes the amount of vegetables you're saddled with can get overwhelming. Fortunately, one of our editors, Scott Kathan, came up with a DIY recipe for using up an abundance of tomatoes.

These oven-roasted tomatoes have countless uses: They make a great addition to antipasti plates, sandwiches, soups, pizzas, and stews, and can be chopped fine and added to mayonnaise as a dip for crudité and crackers. That is, if you can stop yourself from simply eating them plain; they're what Scott describes as "savory, tender little umami bombs."

Mayonnaise, tomatoes and store-bought white bread. The beauty is in its simplicity. Mayonnaise, tomatoes and store-bought white bread. The beauty is in its simplicity.
The tomato and mayonnaise sandwich
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The La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival kicked off yesterday in the Spanish town of Buñol. Around 20,000 people from around the world gathered for the festival's signature event: a one-hour fruit battle, staring mid-morning, during which -- this year -- 130 tons of tomatoes were distributed very liberally about the town, its inhabitants and visitors. The La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival kicked off yesterday in the Spanish town of Buñol. Around 20,000 people from around the world gathered for the festival's signature event: a one-hour fruit battle, staring mid-morning, during which -- this year -- 130 tons of tomatoes were distributed very liberally about the town, its inhabitants and visitors.
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America's Test Kitchen: Panzanella

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients

4 pounds ripe globe or plum tomatoes

1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

4 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon dried herbs de Provence

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

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Who picked your tomato?
Summer tomatoes, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We'll start with green, yellow, orange, purple, white and oh yeah -- red heirloom tomatoes. Summer tomatoes, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We'll start with green, yellow, orange, purple, white and oh yeah -- red heirloom tomatoes.
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Instructions

1. Adjust oven rack to upper- and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove and discard tomato cores. Slice tomatoes in half through core and place, cut-side up, on prepared baking sheets. Drizzle 1/2 cup of oil evenly over tomatoes, and season with garlic, herbs de Provence, salt, and pepper. Flip tomatoes cut-side down, transfer to oven, and bake until skins have loosened, about 30 minutes.

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2. Remove tomatoes from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. Pour off any liquid in bottom of pan into medium bowl. Using tongs, carefully remove and discard tomato skins. Return tomatoes to oven for 30 minutes.

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3. Remove tomatoes from oven and pour off any liquid into bowl. Using tongs, carefully flip each tomato half and return to oven until tomatoes are visibly shrunken, dry, and slightly dark around edges, 2 to 2 1/2 hours, pouring off liquid as necessary every 30 minutes.

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4. Transfer baking sheets to wire rack, and allow tomatoes to cool to room temperature. Transfer tomatoes to clean bowl and cover completely with remaining olive oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. (If freezing tomatoes, do not cover with oil; transfer to zipper-lock freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.) Reserve tomato liquid for another use.

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