Even if your tomatoes are perfect, this is an interesting way to use them up! It takes a few hours.
Tomatoes "Poached" in Olive Oil with Garlic and Basil
A bunch of Tomatoes - Imperfect is OK, just keep cutting them in half or big chunks, until the pan you choose is one layer deep.
A large bunch of basil chopped
4+ cloves of garlic - chopped
1/2+ tsp of salt (to taste)
1/2 -3/4 cup olive oil
Preheat oven to 300 F
Slice tomatoes and put in oven proof pan. Sprinkle with salt.
I gathered some basil from the kitchen garden.
Now we need some garlic, I need to plant some this fall to have a spring harvest.
Chop the garlic and basil. Sprinkle over the top of the tomatoes. Add a good amount of olive oil, I used about 1/2 a cup.
Put it in the oven. After an hour take it out and give it a stir. Put it back in the oven. Then again, depending on texture you want you could be done now. I like the tomatoes to almost melt, you might like them with a little more body.
An hour later, take it out and let cool to room temperature.
Put in a clean jar or tupperware. Use in soups, with pasta, drained on toast, eggs, or sandwiches.
Use your imagination.
As I said, you can also freeze it, use thawed tomatoes on pasta and soups.
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