It’s Valentines Day and as much as I should have made you a heart shaped sugary sweet covered in sprinkles and all things pink, the truth is I don’t really do Valentines Day.

Roasted red and yellow cherry tomatoes, www.mountainmamacooks.com

At the risk of sounding jaded and angry, Valentines is kind of a sham. Sure it’s fun for the kids and Lord knows I don’t need an excuse to enjoy a box of chocolates or some pretty flowers but I hate that ultimately today validates those that have a significant other to share it with and those that are single are left to feel less than. Where is the love in that, I ask? So I don’t really make a big deal. I don’t do anything special for the kids- they’ll get plenty of sugar and cards at school today. The Mr and I will exchange a sweet hug and kiss and mostly likely hit the mountain for a morning of riding. Not any kind of departure from our everyday schedule. It’s all good as I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Roasting Cherry Tomatoes, www.mountainmamacooks.com

With that being said, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to the one I love most. (Looking at you, honey!) My husband doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. He’d much more a savory guy and doesn’t eat a whole lot of snacky things to begin with. Put a bowl of sautéed vegetables or a large plate of salad in front of him and he’ll lick his plate clean. Preferably with a side of sliced steak or bacon…..very Paleo of him. Whenever I make these, he can’t keep his hand out of them. He likes to refer to these little beauties as natures candy and I can see why. They’re sweet, caramelized and you pop them in your mouth like a bowl of peanut m&m’s. And for the record, they’re nothing like peanut m&m’s but I’m pretty sure you guessed that already…

Roasted Tomato Pasta, www.mountainmamacooks.com

When you eat them you almost (almost) forget it’s the dead of winter. This is a great way to trick your tomatoes into thinking it’s not 20F degrees outside. We eat them as is, tossed into scrambled eggs, stirred into a creamy pasta and they make a killer topping to a toasted everything bagel smothered in cream cheese.

I hope that those of you celebrating the big V-day have a wonderful day filled with love, cupids, roses and chocolate and it’s everything you hoped for. To the rest of you, happy Thursday!

Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint red cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 250F degrees.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking dish with foil.
  3. Slice tomatoes in half and place them cut side up on the baking dish.
  4. Drizzle with enough oil just to coat all the tomatoes. (about 2 tablespoons)
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Use a light hand as they flavors concentrate immensely as the tomatoes cook.
  6. Roast tomatoes in the oven for just about three hours. You want the tomatoes to be shriveled and dry, but with a little juice left inside. Keep an eye on them. Every oven is different. It could take two hours or the full three.
  7. Use them right away or let them cool and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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8 Responses to Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  1. carrian says:

    So funny reading through everyone’s sites about today, mine included. We all seem to be v-day bums. I honestly think today makes the singles feel more alone than it makes the couples feel loved. “Singles Awareness Day”. How sad. Tonight we are going to go heart attack all of our single neighbors so they get a little attention. I may seem dorky to ya, but I’d rather do that. 😉

  2. These look lovely, I think mine will go into an omelet…

    When I get so desperate for tomatoes, I think I’m going to DIE, I make Ina Garten’s Roasted Caprese Salad…

    it’s the bomb…

  3. Jen says:

    I am almost out of my maters….can’t wait for to replenish them. They certainly do breathe warmth and sunshine on dreary days.

  4. Mary Lynn says:

    Lately, we have been out of the salad mode, and I have two pints of tomatoes in the fridge. Can’t wait to pop them in the oven, tonight. Thanks

  5. Linda says:

    I’m a bit confused. You say you eat these in the winter, but at the bottom of the instructions, it states “store in airtight container in the fridge for up to three days? Just THREE days?

    • Kelley says:

      Sorry for the confusion. You could definitely roast these during the summer when the tomatoes are at their peak but this is my way of enjoying cherry tomatoes that I buy during the winter months at the grocery store. They tend to lack in flavor but the roasting really brings them to life!

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