Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Pinenuts
7-8fresh red medium-large tomatoes (the best quality, organic preferably and in season)
·coarse salt, plus extra for finishing (french grey, kosher, etc.)
1 Tbspturbinado sugar
1-2 Tbspextra virgin olive oil plus extra for finishing
2 Tbsppine nuts
·freshly cracked black pepper
How to Make Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Pinenuts
- Note: Prepare this recipe only when you can find the best quality, juiciest tomatoes in season either from your own garden or a reputable farmer's market. Store bought tomatoes purchased out of season or canned tomatoes will not work. Recipe has been simplified from the original via "Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking: Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share" by Paula Wolfert.
Cut each tomato in half horizontally and squeeze gently to extract the seeds. Lightly salt the tomatoes, turn them upside down on paper towels, and let drain for 30 minutes. (I skipped this part.)
- Gently squeeze the tomatoes again to rid them of any excess moisture. (I skipped the squeezing part, too.)
Arrange in a single layer in a parchment lined, lightly oiled stoneware baking dish. Mix 1 teaspoon coarse salt with the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle a pinch over each tomato half. Drizzle with the olive oil.
Tip: I lined the baking dish with parchment paper then oiled.
- Place the tomatoes in the oven and set the temperature at 250°F. Bake for  hours.
- Raise the oven temperature to 400°F and continue to bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the tomatoes finish baking in the receding heat; they will be wrinkled and slightly charred.
- Remove the roasted tomatoes from the oven. Transfer the tomatoes to a serving platter. Add the rosewater (start with 1/2 tablespoon then add more to taste) to the baking dish and whisk it in with the tomato liquid. Pour this mixture over the tomatoes and then drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil; season with coarse salt and some freshly cracked black pepper. Scatter the toasted pine nuts on top. Let stand until cooled to room temperature (or at least cooled somewhat.)
*Delicious* over a bed of couscous (or brown rice, quinoa, etc.)