Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Roasted Tomato Sauce

It's summer time, and with it comes our garden.  We have tried almost every year we have lived in our home to have a garden.  This is the first year that everything out there seems to be thriving...and let's be honest, I am not use to having a garden I can actually harvest.  We have an over abundance of tomatoes.  They are called Lemon Boys.  They are sweet and almost resemble lemons in shape.  They are begging to be eaten, but I have no clue what to do with them.  So, I thought..UM, sauce is good and I can freeze whatever i don't use!  BRILLIANT! Oh, wait..sauce to me means opening up a jar of Rague, and pouring it over my pasta.  But I think this homemade sauce trumps the jar, just my personal opinion.

I found this recipe over at the Food Network site.  Good old Alton Brown saved my behindy again.

I used about twenty lemon boys, which fit into a standard baking sheet.  This made about a cup of sauce.  So, really, I could have picked my whole garden of tomatoes..

Preheat oven 325.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Slice your tomatoes in half..unless they are larger, and then slice them three ways.  Places slices on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle pepper and salt and bake in the oven for 1 hour.  Check the tomatoes, they shouldn't be done yet. :) Bake for another hour.  Take out of the oven and let cool slightly.  Place in a blender and blend until smooth.  Adjust the seasonings.  I found that the flavor of the tomatoes was enough and didn't add more.  YUM.  Have this over pasta, or use it on toasted bread and mozzarella and basil, enjoy the taste of sun-dried tomatoes without the price!