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oh those tomatoes

oh those tomatoes

About this time of year, those who garden have an abundance of these.
Last week I processed many pounds into ripe tomato chutney, yet more crowded my kitchen counters and by week’s end I wanted a clean slate
so
I rinsed and cored every one of those fat loafers then cut them into large chunks—even the green ones—and added them in one layer to a baking dish.
The more tomatoes, the larger the baking dish.
Then I added an entire head of garlic, unpeeled and broken into cloves.
Then I splashed a generous amount of olive oil over all wedges and sprinkled dry oregano, basil and sea salt to top. Fresh herbs work fine, if you have them on hand.
Gently turn fruit in pan then roast in a 500F convection oven, lower-middle shelf for 40-50 minutes or until remaining liquid is nearly reduced to a silky sauce, moving with a large spoon every 10 minutes.
Taste the liquid after 20 minutes and add a bit of sugar if fruit is too tart, say scant 1/4 cup.
IF you happen to have a cup or two of grape tomatoes lying around on the counter, toss them whole into the mix after 30 minutes of roasting. They will hold their shape and add a nice crunch to the softened saucy heirlooms.
After removing the pan from the oven, and when the dish is cool enough to handle the garlic cloves, gently squeeze the flesh out of their skins back into the sauce.
Cool pan completely on rack and either dole out into deli containers or use immediately over pasta, in a large bowl with crusty dipping bread, or freeze this cooled goodness for later use.
Add freshly grated cheese of choice when serving over pasta or dipping.

after 40-50 minutes of roasting

after 40-50 minutes of roasting

two cup portions for pasta, dipping, or with cheese platter

two cup portions for pasta, dipping, or with cheese platter

This process can be repeated until the bounty is reduced to manageable proportions.
Even double batches can be roasted at one time if a convection oven is used.

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