French Fridays with Dorie: Simple slow-roasted tomatoes

There is truly nothing more simple than this dish.  The only tricky thing is allowing 3 hours for the tomatoes to slow roast in the oven. Which I didn’t. I made Neil photocopy the recipes for the first few weeks of August’s French Fridays with Dorie so we could make them in Alsace (where we are right now) and Burgundy (where we will be next week) but didn’t read though this one completely before I started it.  Meaning that when we returned home from a day out in Strasbourg (eating hearty Alsatian fare) the other day and had planned a light meal including these tomates confites, my heart sunk to see they required three hours in the oven. No matter. I cranked up the heat and roasted them at around 400F (instead of the recommended 225F) for around an hour and they were perfect.

Neil and our friend Cathy decided they would be perfect for baguette bruschetta with a a bit of garlic and some fresh basil from the garden. Which they were. With a glass of rosé, bien sûr.

Dorie recommends making these and storing them in a jar in oil in the fridge for a few weeks and I am thinking when I get home I might just be doing this with the tomatoes on our vines at home. Such a simple technique. So tasty.

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Keep up with me this summer through my Summer 2011 Flickr set. I will be updating this with day to day pictures (read: not all food photos!) fairly regularly so head on over there if you are interested. You never know what or who you might see there, like, you know… Dorie….

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68 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Simple slow-roasted tomatoes

  1. Valerie August 5, 2011 at 04:46 #

    Mmm love it! Looks yummy, especially on bread…

  2. The Mistress of Spices August 5, 2011 at 05:18 #

    These look amazing! I got my copy of AMFT a couple of weeks ago and this was one of the first recipes that caught my eye! I’ve registered for FFWD but haven’t gotten organized enough yet to jump in… hopefully soon! Sorry again that we couldn’t meet while you were here, but I hope there will be another opportunity. Enjoy Alsace and Bourgogne!

  3. Curt August 5, 2011 at 07:19 #

    3 hours or 1 hour, they look perfect!

  4. Jason Phelps August 5, 2011 at 08:11 #

    Simple is good! The bread has me thinking about breakfast…


  5. Eliot August 5, 2011 at 08:44 #

    I just got my copy of Around My French Table last night (via Amazon) and ironically, this recipe caught my eye. I have tried a similar version of Molly Wizenberg’s but I definitely wanted to give this a shot. As always, I am envious of your travels. Be safe!

  6. The Food Hunter August 5, 2011 at 09:13 #

    love slow roasting tomatoes…I add a sprinkle of sugar before they go in the oven and they come out so good.

  7. Frankly Entertaining August 5, 2011 at 11:30 #

    I’m a little jealous of your vacation location right now!! Your pictures are gorgeous. The whole thing just seems perfect!

  8. Susan August 5, 2011 at 12:07 #

    How wonderful that you got to enjoy French Fridays in France! I’ll bet the tomatoes were even better & serving them on a baguette looks wonderful!

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  9. FrolickingNightOwl August 5, 2011 at 12:23 #

    LOVE the bruschetta idea!! I’ll have to try!!

  10. Elin August 5, 2011 at 12:39 #

    Wow..with baguette…nice !! I paired mine with pan fried dijon mustard pork chop and it was fabulous 🙂

    Have a great weekend,

  11. one expat's life August 5, 2011 at 13:07 #

    So glad to hear that you are enjoying Alsace, it’s one of my favorite places! And your tomatoes look great, interesting to know that they can be done quicker if needed.

  12. Jessica of My Baking Heart August 5, 2011 at 13:15 #

    Mmmmm… you saved me some of that bruschetta, right? 🙂 Looks amazing!

  13. KC Quaretti August 5, 2011 at 14:32 #

    Great news! I’ve been slow roasting tomatoes forever but never even thought of cranking up the oven to do it faster!

  14. MikeVFMK August 5, 2011 at 15:22 #

    I love roasted tomatoes. Adds so much extra flavour goodness and it’s easy as possible yet produces amazing results. Nothing beats roasted tomatoes on toast or crostini with a glass of wine. Thanks!

  15. kitchenarian August 5, 2011 at 15:22 #

    Your tomatoes are perfect! I am glad to know there is a quicker way to prepare them.

  16. Paula August 5, 2011 at 17:55 #

    Great idea to make baguette bruschetta with these, even better to have been able to enjoy them in Europe!

  17. Lynn August 5, 2011 at 19:51 #

    These look wonderful. And I have a huge bowl of cherry tomatoes from my garden class on the counter. Just the inspiration I needed.
    Thanks, Mardi.

  18. Betsy August 5, 2011 at 20:45 #

    I’m loving all the great ideas of how other bloggers used these scrumptious tomato treats. Sounds like your trip to France has been marvelous.

  19. Liz August 5, 2011 at 21:49 #

    Great idea with the bruschetta! Looks delish 🙂

  20. Lindsey August 6, 2011 at 03:22 #

    I don’t know how this didn’t come up in conversation with you but I am OBSESSED with roasted tomatoes (tomates confites). There is something about them just adds pop to anything they’re served with! Love that you managed to produce brilliant looking tomatoes in only an hour’s time! Beautiful beautiful!

  21. Dave at eRecipeCards August 6, 2011 at 07:05 #

    Nice save, they look fantastic. And the bruschetta is a wonderful use.

  22. Adriana August 6, 2011 at 09:26 #

    Oh, storing them in the oil is wonderful – it’s like getting a 2 x 1 recipe. I agree with you – a bit of bread is all you need with these lovely tomatoes. Keep enjoying your time abroad!

  23. Elaine August 6, 2011 at 12:46 #

    I am really loving the posts with the tomatoes on bread and will have to try that with the ones I have in the refrigerator. Your photos are beautiful!

  24. Kate@Diethood August 6, 2011 at 13:07 #

    Ooooh yours look like sun-dried tomatoes…they’re beautiful!
    I, too, crank up the heat and make these within an hour! 🙂

  25. Tricia S. August 6, 2011 at 15:50 #

    LOVED your post. Gorgeous photos – I wish I could bite right into that baguette now. And the wine wouldn’t hurt either !! And doing this while in Alsace ? Bestill my heart. Nana and I did the Rue De Vin several years back and I would hit it again in a heartbeat. Kudos to you for completing this while in France and enjoy every single moment (and bite 🙂 ~

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite August 15, 2011 at 04:46 #

      Cheers – we loved the Route des Vins in Alsace and the Route des Grands Crus in Bourgogne. A lot! And cooking in France is such a pleasure!

  26. Cher August 6, 2011 at 20:26 #

    A glass of wine, a piece of bruschetta, amazing surroundings – sounds perfect!

  27. penny aka jeroxie August 7, 2011 at 04:14 #

    looks perfect for a third of the time. loving the simple foods.

  28. Marie August 7, 2011 at 15:22 #

    Nice to know that fast-roasted tomatoes work too!

  29. StephIrey August 7, 2011 at 21:08 #

    Ooh, bruschetta is a terrific idea. Your tomatoes look quite happy, even if they had to roast at 400 instead of 225! Sounds like your summer is going great…wish I was spending some time in france this summer too!

  30. Jamie August 7, 2011 at 22:57 #

    The bruschetta looks like a delicious idea!

  31. Melissa@EyesBigger August 9, 2011 at 22:22 #

    I adore tomato season and love roasted tomatoes. Never thought of storing them in oil in the fridge but I’ll have to give that a go. Sorta like sun dried tomatoes!

  32. Marisa August 11, 2011 at 05:25 #

    Those tomatoes look absolutely perfect!

  33. Trevor Sis. boom August 21, 2011 at 17:58 #

    I finally got around to making them and they were perfect tucked into Bison Burgers I made last night. I’m afraid they aren’t lasting long as I’m eating the rest like candy. Its good to know I can speed the process if need be.


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