Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes and A New Portfolio Website

Homemade oven dried cherry tomatoes

If you like tomatoes as much as I do, then you will like today's recipe. We picked the last of our cherry tomatoes about a mont ago, and I wanted to preserve the sweet red taste of summer for longer. I've been wanting to make my own sun dried tomatoes for quite a while. Sadly, London weather can't be considered sun-dried tomatoes friendly. I could succesfully make rain soaked tomatoes. However, drying tomatoes in the oven is an easy alternative. I had already made one batch in the summer, but we ate them all in a few days. Just imagine fresh wholemeal bread with slices of cheddar topped with these red gems, or scrambled eggs, enriched with a few dried tomatoes. The combinations are endless.

Cherry tomatoes

Making oven dried cherry tomatoes

Making oven dried cherry tomatoes is very easy and doesn't actually need a recipe. Because cherry tomatoes are really small, you don't even have to remove the seeds. Just cut them in half, place on a baking tray, pour over olive oil mixed with your favourite spices and herbs, and dry them in the oven until they reach the desired level of dryness. Let them cool down and enjoy!

Cherry tomatoes on a baking tray

Oven dried cherry tomatoes

In the meantime, before I let you dream about how delicious and sweet these oven dried tomatoes are, I have some news I'd like to share with you. I have finally finished my new photography portfolio website. It still needs some finishing touches, but it's up and running already. My huge thanks go to P. who not only built the website (designed by yours truly) but also spent a particularly long time to make sure the website works fast. I think he succeeded.


Sarka Babicka Photography portfolio


Oven dried cherry tomatoes
for one 40x30cm baking tray 

50-60 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
enough olive oil to fill your jar

Preheat oven to 65°C.
In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. Adjust seasoning to your liking. Place the tomatoes cut side up on a baking tray. Spoon the olive oil mixture over the tomatoes and bake for 4-5 hours, until they reach the desired level of dryness . Let them cool completely, then transfer to a clean jar. Fill the jar with olive oil, making sure the tomatoes are completely submerged.
Keep the jar refrigerated and the tomatoes will last for at least a  month.



29 comments :

  1. Fabulous! They look really tempting and your photography is amazing.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. I love the savory flavor of sun dried (or oven dried) tomatoes. One of my fav ways to use them is in stuffing for portobello mushrooms with barley, baby mozzarella, and herbs. Also, I like how you've set up your new portfolio site- looks great!

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  3. Great looking website Sari, wonderful photography.

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  4. The new website is very impressive! Congratulations - absolutely great job!

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  5. I found you via foodgawker, I really like this recipe.
    Up to how long can you save this?

    Mandi

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  6. @Rosa - Thank you Rosa.

    @la domestique - I just made portobello mushroom with them yesterday. :) I have to try it with barley and mozzarella, sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    @Vera - Thank you!

    @tiina - Thank you my dear!

    @Mandi - Thank you! The tomatoes should be ok for a month, if you keep them in the fridge. Ours never last so long though. They are so yummy it's hard to resist. :)

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  7. I love sundried tomatoes ... or the oven will do as well. Great light on your pictures, I love your style. Great website btw, will keep it in my blogroll too.

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  8. Wow, your portfolio site looks amazing. You must be very proud!

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  9. This seems to be a tradition of mine every fall too, trying to beat old Jack Frost from robbing me of my sweet little gems. Your new portfolio is so inspiring, you are one of my favorite food photographers hands down. And of course your recipes always live up to the pics,

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  10. They look really amazing. Your new site is wonderful ( and works very fast) , inspiring

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  11. I love your recipe as I love dried tomatoes.
    Thx :) look amazing :))

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  12. Your photography is beyond awesome! The site looks really great. Thanks for this oven dried cherry tomatoes idea. Will try it in a jiffy. They sure look tasty and delicious.

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  13. These look so good! Never thought to make my own oven dried tomatoes...definitely need to try this! :) Gorgeous photos. :)

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  14. Gratuluji! Love your photos, how great that you're taking it to the next level.

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  15. Congrats on your new site. Great recipe and fantastic photos.

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  16. My first visit to your gorgeous blog - brilliant.

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  17. fab! congrats on the new site.

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  18. I will be making this for my family for Christmas. Beautiful blog.

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  19. Great looking tomatoes! And congratulations on your portfolio site!

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  20. Merhaba; süper bayıldım,sevgilerrrr..

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  21. I was looking for a homemade version of sun dried tomatoes as I couldn't find them in the place I live right now and by coincidence found this page! I urgently needed them for an olive-parm-tomatoe cake I was craving for, so I decided to make them on my own. I'm glad I found this recipe, because it's easy and very tasty!

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  22. @Sheyla - Hi Sheyla, I'm glad to hear my recipe helped to satisfy your cravings! :) Hope your cake turned out well, it sounds very yummy indeed.

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  23. In the oven, right now. I can't wait 4 hours!

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  24. I have an abundance of cherry tomatoes coming in now. These look amazing! Wondering if you know the temp. cook them in F since I am in the US?

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    1. I'm envious! :) I didn't plant any tomatoes this year! :( 75°C should be 167°F.

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  25. What amazing photography! Im going to chop these with angel hair, EVOO, salt, pepper, garlic

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  26. This recipe looks SO good (as does the photography)! Do you know if the tomatoes packed in oil this way keep any longer, and under non-refrigerated conditions? I can a lot of jams, make pickles etc., and was wondering. I'd like to make more than just a couple of bathces when the fruit is in season, but not if they will spoil on me. Thank you, Katie

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    1. Hi Katie, thank you for the kind words! I haven't tried to preserve the tomatoes yet as we always eat them so fast. However I think they would keep longer if you sterilise the jars, fill the jar with oil and then boil the jars in hot water. Check out this post for some info and inspiration: http://chezpim.com/cook/tomato_confit_o

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  27. "Preserving tomatoes in oil is currently not recommended. Oil may protect botulism organisms trapped in a water droplet" says http://nchfp.uga.edu/tips/summer/home_preserv_tomatoes.html

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