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Roasting when it’s roasting
Typically, my enjoyment of summer tomatoes centers heavily on making meals of a bowl of them, chopped or quartered, sprinkled with salt and pepper, drizzled with olive oil and further adorned with torn basil, bits of cheese or whatever I can fish out of the fridge or pantry that looks good.
As great as that is, it gets boring. So the other day, I took a bunch of beautiful summer tomatoes that needed no further processing, quartered them and stuck them in a hot oven for close to an hour.
This is a treatment I usually reserve for the dead of winter, when I’ll buy a carton of waxy winter cherry tomatoes at the supermarket and shove them in the oven to get my warm-weather fix. Roasting concentrates the flavors in any food and accentuates the natural sugars. That’s why it can turn winter tomatoes (or strawberries, if you want to make a January crisp) into something edible.
Goes great with grilled cheese.