Roasted Garden Tomatoes – DELICIOUS!

by Tammy Taylor

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My veggie garden was hit hard this year.  Hordes of grasshoppers ate every leaf off of each plant, then ate any leaves that tried to re-emerge.  Unfortunately that killed most of my garden plants.  Almost all of my garden was decimated before it was given a chance to provide nutritious goodness for us – it was awful.  But for some reason those dang grasshoppers didn’t much care for the tomato plants.  So we really got a bumper crop of them this year, I’m so thankful!  There are lots of things I did with my fresh garden tomatoes to both enjoy them right away and also to preserve them for later.  But today I wanted something different.

I love garden tomatoes & there were many ways I enjoy them, but I wanted something different. These ROASTED TOMATOES were amazing, easy & versatile! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Now mind you I’ve made sure all season long that none of those beautiful garden tomatoes go to waste.  I’ve eaten them fresh of course but also frozen them.  I’ve made them into pasta sauce and tomato sauce, canned them, dehydrated them into diced tomatoes.  I’ve made tomato powder and even dehydrated  tomato leather for homemade pizza night.

I’d never roasted tomatoes before but while perusing Facebook one of my friends noted they were roasting some garden tomatoes that day.  So I thought I’d give it a try as well.  OMGosh, how in the world have I NEVER DONE THIS??  Roasting those tomatoes brought out the most amazing taste and it was oh-so-easy to do.

First I brought in those beautiful ripe tomatoes from my garden and washed them and allowed them to air dry.  Then I took each one and cut them in half longways and seeded them.  I’ve read that often the seeds can give your tomatoes a bitter taste so I usually seed them before proceeding with anything else.  Luckily these heirloom romas are super easy to seed so this step took no time at all.

Then I placed the halved and seeded tomatoes in a bowl, drizzled them with olive oil and tossed them to completely coat each tomato.  Many people add seasonings at this time but I didn’t because I wanted experience the full taste of roasted tomato.  In the future I may try adding Italian seasonings or maybe just a sprinkle of salt.  Or then again I may prepare them just as I’ve done today because I love that I can add these tomatoes to any dish I’m cooking without the seasonings competing with each other.

After the tomatoes were coated I placed them on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Each tomato half was placed cut side up and I lined them up side-by-side on that baking sheet until I filled all the available space.

I love garden tomatoes & there were many ways I enjoy them, but I wanted something different. These ROASTED TOMATOES were amazing, easy & versatile! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Since I didn’t want to fire up our big kitchen oven for such a small task I loaded the baking sheet into our small portable oven. I then placed the small oven on a table on our back porch.  That way I could keep that cooking heat outside.  I flipped the oven temperature to 400 degrees and waited.  The goal for roasting these tomatoes is to get the edges to a dark brown color without allowing the tomatoes to burn.  So I kept a close eye on them.  In my case they were perfect in about 35 minutes.

I love garden tomatoes & there were many ways I enjoy them, but I wanted something different. These ROASTED TOMATOES were amazing, easy & versatile! #TaylorMadeHomestead

I brought the roasted tomatoes inside and let them cool slightly and gave them a quick sample taste.  OH MY!  I’ve decided I really love the taste of roasted tomatoes! I’m virtually certain I’ll want to use them in my weekly endless soup.  I need a way to preserve them for later.  I’ll put them in the freezer since I have plenty of room right now and plenty of jars for freezing.

Before they go into the freezer I need to puree my roasted tomatoes.   So I bring out my new *Ninja blender – oh yeah I really love this thing.  Several weeks ago I became frustrated with my kitchen’s options for making puree.  My old blender just wouldn’t get everything smooth enough for my liking.  And although my stick blender does a somewhat better job, many of the tasks I was asking it to perform were just way over its ability.  So I polled my dear Facebook followers for their recommendations and the Ninja was recommended very highly.   So I bought one and I’ve NOT been disappointed.

I plopped my cooled roasted tomatoes, skins and all, into my Ninja blender and gave ‘er a whirr.  They blended perfectly into a most amazing and smooth sauce.  I’ll store my roasted tomato puree in plastic peanut butter jars in the freezer.  When I’m ready to make my weekly soup I’ll bring out a jar of this roasted tomato goodness and let it thaw in the freezer overnight.  The next morning I’ll pour the puree into my soup pot along with all my other ingredients.  I’ll probably roast another batch of tomatoes and freeze the puree in ice cube trays.  That will allow me to pop a smaller amount into whatever dish I’m cooking.

I’m pretty happy that I’ll be able to enjoy this amazing fresh taste of summer throughout the blustery winter months.  And it makes me smile that my garden has once again provided something I would ordinarily have to purchase at the store.

~TMH~

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18 thoughts on “Roasted Garden Tomatoes – DELICIOUS!

  1. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Roasting them also brings out more nutritional value!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I didn’t know that Helen. So it intensifies the flavor, adds nutritional value and reduces the volume to be stored? Now THAT’S a winning combination! ~TMH~

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  2. easypeasylifematters

    I have got to try this, I love tomatoes and always want a good recipe for them and this sounds like the perfect one! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      OMGosh, I roasted the last of my garden tomatoes a couple of days ago, I let them roast until they had a little charring around the edges. Then I tossed ’em in my Ninja and pureed them. I plopped them into an ice cube tray and let them freeze before removing them to a freezer bag. I can just drop them into whatever I’m cooking and add that amazing taste. Tonight I’m making a spicy Mexican Chicken Soup and I’ll plop a couple of roasted-tomato cubes in it for that delicious flavor I crave! ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’m out of fresh tomatoes now that the first freeze has consumed my garden. I still have some frozen tomatoes, I’m thinking of giving those a spin… ~TMR~

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  3. Kimberly

    Hello cute lady! They look so good. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn’t be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  4. Chrystal @ YUM eating

    I am so sad garden season is over. I miss my fresh tomatoes already. Thanks for sharing at #stoptheyuck I hope to see you again next week.

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  5. Lindsey

    Yum! I’ve roasted tomatoes before but never thought to turn them into a puree afterwards. Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop this week! 🙂

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  6. Friday Features (Linky)

    I used to can our fruits and vegetables, made jams, jellies and juices. Since I have remarried I dont do any of that and was just thinking today I ought to get some bottles and get busy. Your tomatoes look great for adding to meals. Thanks for participating in the Merry Monday Linky Party. Now there is another my Friday Feature Linky Party, hope you can join us!! Have a great weekend, Karren

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  7. Karen

    I’ve never tried roasting tomatoes, but you’ve convinced me that I need to try this! 🙂 They look delicious, and it’s just another great way to enjoy summer’s bounty out of season. Thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday. Pinning!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL – I guess I figured I was the only person left in the entire universe that hadn’t yet tasted and loved roasted tomatoes. The roasting procedure intensifies the flavor and you even get just a touch of delightful smokey flavor mixed in. The texture is like cooked tomatoes with much of their moisture gone. Of course I put them in my Ninja and blended them into a roasted-tomato sauce with them, which in my opinion is the perfect use. ~TMR~

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