Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Hello Dear Reader,

I had bought a "bucket" of tomatoes from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn last week and didn't realise until I got home just how many tomatoes were in the 'bucket" Out the front of the market, they have all the really good specials and most of them are pre-packed into plastic bag lined, smallish buckets, they really fill them to overflowing. At the register we transfer anything we bought in a bucket into our mesh bags so we aren't bring home any plastic bags. They can then re-use the plastic bag lined bucket. In this bucket there were 2.015 kg of tomatoes and at only 75c a kg, in total they only cost $1.51!

I picked the tomatoes over, there were a few where the tops had a few marks on them so I just cut those daggy bits off and composted those.  I ended up with 25 halves for this recipe. These are just run of the mill tomatoes, not "vine ripened" or "Roma" and are okay to eat but by slow roasting them and giving them some love from brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and garlic, these "okay" tomatoes are transformed into absolute deliciousness.

Halve the tomatoes and put on a lined oven tray, cut side up

For every 6 tomatoes you will need, 1 tablespoon each of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, a fine slice of garlic per half tomato and salt and pepper. Simply sprinkle over brown sugar, spoon over balsamic, place a slice of garlic on top and grind over salt and pepper to taste. Bake in a 150C oven for 1 hour

Once cooled, top with torn basil and devour!

Not bad for $1.50 worth of "okay" tomatoes! Over to you, what do you do to improve not so marvellous produce?

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