Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes
To make your own sun-dried tomatoes, coat a small pan (such as a toaster oven pan) with cooking spray or oil. Slice desired quantity of cherry tomatoes in half and place upright on pan. I usually get sugar plum cherry tomatoes from Trader Joe's; they are the best--sweet, tasty, and inexpensive--and they're organic! (This year, I'm also trying to grow some of my own cherry tomatoes, from a Home Depot plant, as well as from seeds I've recently planted.) Sprinkle sliced tomatoes with salt, spices, and herbs. I like to use pink Himalayan or Hawaiian salt, and organic oregano, basil, and rosemary from my garden, or from Trader Joe's, and black pepper. Then mist everything with some organic olive oil. I use a Misto which is a nice way of controlling the amount of oil.
Cook tomatoes in a 200° or 225° oven for about 2 to 3 hours, until the tomatoes look like "real" sun-dried tomatoes. This recipe is foolproof as long as you check on the tomatoes every so often and don't forget about them altogether. Setting the oven timer helps me, especially when I'm multi-tasking. :)
Once they're made, it's hard to resist popping them into your mouth. The flavor becomes so concentrated and delicious. I like to add sun-dried tomatoes to pasta dishes. I'm not sure how else to use them. What are some more creative ways to use sun-dried tomatoes?
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