Slow-roasted tomatoes

I seem to have a knack for finding bad weather at the coast. My man headed down to Sydney for the football finals last weekend so I decided to take a break up at the beach with mum and dad for the long weekend. I arrived at lunch time on Saturday to brilliant sunshine and balmy temperatures and mum and I headed straight out to lunch at Thomas Corner.

That afternoon we did a spot of shopping and some all important relaxing.

Sunday morning was almost like waking up to my wedding day again. It was dark, drizzly and getting a bit chilly. It was most definitely not a beach day. Not to worry, that didn’t keep us away from the farmers markets (you can see my haul on the Facebook page) where we shopped up a storm

Slow-roasted tomatoes

Tomatoes weren’t in abundance at the markets this week but a couple of weeks ago I did manage to get a good price on a bag of them and I had just the recipe in mind. My lovely blogging friend Chris from The Cafe Sucre Farine posted this recipe a few weeks ago and I’ve been busting to try it ever since.

As I’m not too keen on leaving the the house with the oven on I had to wait for a home day but I think I might be staying at home more often to make these. Your kitchen will smell like you’ve stepped into an Italian Nonna’s house and it will take all your control not to eat them before they’re done. Trust me, wait until they are ruby red and super soft and you’ll be glad you did.

If you wait until you find a bargain on tomatoes this is a seriously economical recipe and you could vary up the herbs and use the fresh stuff straight from the garden.

side note: If you haven’t already met Chris, head over to The Cafe Sucre Farine for a visit. You will love her brilliantly fresh and delicious recipes as well as stories of her wonderfully joy-filled life and if you’re lucky you’ll get to meet her gorgeous grandkids too.

The ingredients

First step – chop up the tomatoes. I didn’t realise until I went to re-type the recipe that you’re meant to core the tomatoes as well as chopping them in half. I forgot to do that.

Mixing up the marinade

After that it’s as easy as mixing it all together. Make sure you use a bowl that will fit all the tomatoes then mix up the oil with the herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.

Marinating the tomatoes

Throw the tomatoes in the bowl and toss them around until they’re well coated.

Baking time

Lay the tomatoes out on a lined baking dish so that they’re in a single layer and all facing cut side up then sprinkle over the basil leaves. Pop the dish into the oven at 110C fan-forced for 1 hour.


See how much redder they are already?! Take the dish out of the oven and flip them all over onto their cut side then it’s back into the oven for 2-3 hours until they are shriveled and soft.

Almost ready

Admitedly, I may have left mine in there a little too long but they tasted absolutely amazing so it didn’t do any damage.

Peeling the skins

The last step is to peel off the skins once they’re cool enough to touch. See, all evidence of burning removed.

Slow-roasted tomatoes

Leave them to cool completely. Now how you use them is totally up to you. I ate a couple as is (before you snigger at me, try and resist them) and smooshed a couple up and tossed them through spaghetti. A few days later I had a salad with a couple mixed in. The possibilities are endless.

Storing them

If you’re not going to use them in the next couple of hours, cover them in a layer of oil and store them in the fridge for up to a week, otherwise pop them in the freezer where they’ll keep for ages.

An extra special bonus is special flavour the tomatoes give to the oil. I still have a little bit left waiting for my next Italian creation. Enjoy!

What about you? How would you use these delicious tomatoes?

Thank for the recipe lovely Chris!

Slow-roasted tomatoes


Slow roasted tomatoes

Slow roasted tomatoes


  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15-20 fresh basil leaves, more if you like
  • 1kg tomatoes, cored and sliced in half


  1. Preheat the oven to 110F fan-forced and line a large baking dish with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oil, seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Add the tomatoes to the bowl and mix them together until they are all coated in the oil.
  4. Spread them into the baking dish in a single layer with the cut side facing up. Pour any excess oil and herbs etc over the top of the tomatoes then sprinkle with basil leaves.
  5. Bake the tomatoes for 1 hour.
  6. Take the dish out of the oven and carefully flip all the tomatoes so they are cut-side down.
  7. Cook for another 2-3 hours or until they are a deep red colour and the skins have shriveled.
  8. Allow them to cool enough so you can handle them and then remove and discard the skins.
  9. If you're not going to use them in the next few hours, they can be kept for up to a week if coated in oil and stored in the fridge.
  10. They can also be frozen.
  11. Once you've used the tomatoes, keep the oil for a very special treat.


Chris's note: Even if the tomatoes at your local market don't quite look up to ruby-red scratch, buy them anyway and leave them out on the bench to ripen for a few days. Don't refrigerate them.



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