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How To Make Perfect Oven Roasted Tomatoes - Great Vegetarian Dish

Updated on February 26, 2013

Time to eat your veggies, and love them too!

Well, they say tomatoes are actually fruit, but you know what I mean. They’re incredibly good for you; vitamin C, B vitamins and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that reduces cell degeneration and protects skin from sun damage, are just some of this super food’s stats.

I was pleased to recently discover that fresh or cooked, the nutritional value in tomatoes always stays the same. So I figured, lets roast ‘em up, Italian style, and munch them down without shame!

This recipe will make you want to eat a salad, make you crave an all-veggie sandwich, and definitely make you tell everyone you know.

Ingredients:
(By the way, this recipe is so easy, measurements aren’t necessary. Just make sure you’ve got all the good stuff!)

Medium tomatoes

Olive oil

Basil, fresh or dry flakes

Fresh garlic cloves

Salt and pepper

How it’s done:

Tomatoes need to be cooked on a rack. What I did was take the smaller rack out of my toaster oven and put it on top of a foiled tray, so there’s about an inch of space between. Maybe I’m living under a rock and there’s something you can buy for this kind of thing, and you’re all having a good laugh, (ha ha ha…) but that’s how I did it. Moving on!

Cut the tomatoes in half, then halves again, then one more time (eights). Take the seeds out, (seeds aren’t digestible and won’t taste good). Put it all in a mixing bowl. Feel free to add in whatever veggies you want, I recommend mushrooms or eggplant.

Add the olive oil, enough to coat the pieces and a little extra. Crush the garlic cloves; not chop, crush, to get out the full flavor. I use 3 large cloves when preparing 3 tomatoes. Add salt and pepper and basil, mix it all into the tomatoes so each piece is evenly coated. Use your hands delicately so the tomatoes don’t break apart.

Place all the pieces separately on the rack so they won’t fall through. Don’t layer or stack them on top of each other, they won’t cook.

Turn the oven to BROIL, 350 F. Don’t preheat. Put the tray on the top shelf of the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until just a small part of the corners of the tomatoes are blackened. CAREFUL, after 20 minutes they burn fast.

Now they’re done! Make a sandwich with spinach, toasted wheat bread and feta cheese. You could even spread some hummus on the toast for extra flavor. Best sandwich ever! Enjoy!

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    • LaThing profile image
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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for the awesome comment, Tom! Glad you could stop by..... See you around :)

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      Tom Caton 4 years ago from The Desk

      Tomato and Basil, a culinary romance, sans tragedy.

      As I would say to a friend cooking something awesome... "GIM!" :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Rema! Thanks for stopping by. If you like tomatoes you will like this! Enjoy.....

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi LaThing,

      I love tomatoes and am tempted to prepare this dish at the next available opportunity. Nice hub. Thanks. Cheers, Rema.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yes, they do taste great with any kind of sandwiches. Will try with pepper.....

      Thanks for your comment and vote :) appreciate it!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Simple and delicious. My favorite kind of recipe. Roasted tomatoes are fantastic on sandwiches and I would probably throw pepper in there too. Useful hub!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hahaha.... We will leave it to your imagination :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Yeah..thanks for that..I really wonder what's behind the mask? hehehe :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      If you love tomatoes, you will love these!! I hope you like it, and yes, it is pretty easy.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Awesome idea Lathing! I would sure love to try this one, (I hope it'll be good as your cooking.) The recipe is very easy and I think this is also delicious too.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @beyondMax, Buddy!! Sorry, I don't know how I missed your comment.... Remember reading it, must have been late at night! :(

      Pumpkin sandwich sounds great, I like strange combinations, and this sounds interesting! Have to try it.... Thanks for your comment, and your visit. Always look forward to your seeing you :)

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks taleb80! It will be great when the fresh garden tomatoes starts coming out. Appreciate your votes..... :)

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      Taleb AlDris 5 years ago

      I like tomato so much, I think this dish will be very tasty.

      I voted Useful.

      Nice Hub.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Rebecca! Nice to see you here.... These are great with fresh tomatoes! Thanks for sharing....

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Nice change from the usual way of using fresh tomatoes. Good job, thanks for sharing this! I shall in turn share!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      That is pretty easy and looks so tasty! I find roasted tomatoes with roasted pumpkin in a sandwich the most perfect combination - the difference in texture and opposite taste makes it quite interesting, you should try it out! And that is coming from me who won't eat pumpkin in any other state, even if my life depended on it LOL

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Yes! I used to eat just tomatoes in plain bread too, until we came up with this one, taste really good. I still like tomato on a toast.......Thanks for your visit!

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Your sandwich of roasted tomatoes sounds good. I like to place tomato slices on pieces of toast and eat them that way.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for the vote alocsin, and for sharing. Yes, it is easy.... One thing I always try to do in cooking is take the easy way out, lol.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wow, garlic in tomatoes. This is so easy even a non-cook like me can try it. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Your welcome! Thanks for reading it. It's very refreshing.....

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      Nordy 5 years ago from Canada

      OOH I am totally going to try this, thanks for the hub!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I am glad you like it! Thanks for your comment....

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      maryaB 5 years ago

      I tried it! Really great, love the sandwich idea, and the mushrooms. They're even good by themselves as a snack

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you for your comment, and vote up! Hope you try it.....

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      nityanandagaurang 5 years ago

      Pictures are looking very nice.By seeing your picture, i am feeling hungry now.Very useful hub LaThing.I will try it.Useful and voting it up.