I have been making Overnight Tomatoes for years now. So long I don’t need to look at a recipe. Of course the recipe is so simple I memorized it after the first time, and you will as well.
It’s important to note that I did NOT make this recipe up. I have made little changes at times, but the original recipe (named Moonblush tomatoes) is from the cookbook “Nigella Express” by Nigella Lawson. I dig Nigella. Maybe it’s that even though she is beautiful, she seems so normal. Maybe it’s the accent….whatever it is I asked for and I received that cookbook many years ago as a christmas gift and I am SO happy I got it back after the “great cookbook disappearance fiasco of 2012-2013″ . There are a handful of recipes in the book I make time and again, along with many I have not tried.
I don’t have a rating on this one as I made them last night and took them out of the oven this morning, hence my name “Overnight Tomatoes”. I know that the adults all love this one, Ladybug will probably eat them and as with everything these days, it will be a total crapshoot whether Littledude even tries them or throws them on the floor. (I can make it through the terrible two’s….I think I can…I think I can…)
These little yummies can be used in salads, on pizza, in a sandwich or Panini or even munched on as a snack. Trust me, I have already eaten a fair amount this morning.
Towards the end of the day or in the evening, pre-heat your oven to 500° get your few ingredients and prepare.
Cherry Tomatoes, Thyme, Sugar, Salt and Olive Oil. (Truffle oil is optional and I like to dribble some on sometimes)
Slice the tomatoes long ways and….
Lay them in a baking dish, sliced side up. I usually do 2 dishes at a time to make a nice sized batch.
Sprinkle the sugar and salt and thyme over them all. Then drizzle oil all over them as well. You don’t need a heavy hand, just make sure oil is drizzled on all of them.
Make sure you have had the oven on long enough that it has been at 500 for at least 10 – 15 minutes. Then before you go to bed, put them in the oven. I usually wait 5 minutes or so, and then shut the oven off. (This is a VERY important step you don’t want to miss!!) That’s it. Don’t open the door to let any heat out, just go to bed, and in the morning you will have:
Basically your own little sun-dried tomatoes. Easy-peasy and so so tasty!
Then as I mentioned, you can use them in most anything you like. Omelets, pizza, salads…etc etc. Enjoy!