I think we've all been there. You bought a container of cherry tomatoes and somehow the dangerous geography of your refrigerator consumed it. You stumble upon it a week or so later and realize you wasted $3 on an item you REALLY want right now for this half-made salad. I know this has happened to me. I've even bought a second container of cherry tomatoes to discover I already had half of one. This can also produce rotting tomatoes that strike fear into the hearts of many. Now by rotting I don't mean covered in mold, but what I do mean is raisin-like little cherry tomatoes staring at you with a victorious look of "We never made it into your intestines! We win!" You know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you don't there's a picture below with an arrow and everything. Well, have no fear because this shall never happen again! Unless of course you leave it in there and mold starts to form, that's when you throw them out, curse your $3 and move on with your life. Maybe go give $3 to a charity for starving children. In fact, that's a good idea. If you let your tomatoes go to the point of no return, your punishment (and only way you'll be able to live with yourself- I'm shaming you) will be to go give $3 to a charity. I'm going to do this as well.
So, why are you never throwing out tomatoes again? Well, you're going to sharpen your knife, cut those puppies in half, and roast them. Yep, roast 'em!
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Cut tomatoes in half.
- On a baking sheet, spread 3 tbsp of olive oil, then add the tomatoes (cut side face down), and your choice of spices. For this I added rosemary, dill (my favorite), thyme, salt, and a little pepper.
- Stir the tomatoes, spices, and olive oil around on the sheet.
- Bake for 2 hours or until the tomatoes look done. There's no right or wrong answer here because it's mainly about your taste. Play with spices, and baking times to find your perfect combination.
Now you never have to throw out cherry tomatoes (and you can do this with any tomatoes) again! Still go donate $3 (or more) to starving kids though, that's just a nice thing to do.
You can store these in the refrigerator for another week, and you can freeze them, well indefinitely I suppose.