slow roasted tomatoes

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to seek out the local markets, and London’s Borough Market remains one of my all time favorites. It was there that I first tried and fell in love with roasted tomatoes. A few years after my discovery I opened up Nigella Lawson’s Express book and found her recipe for Moonblush Tomatoes, so named because she roasts them in the oven overnight. Nigella’s very easy and very tasty recipe has since become a staple in our home, we throw the tomatoes into salads, pasta, or simply eat them on our morning toast with soft goat cheese (or even cream cheese if that’s all we have).

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, is similar to Nigella’s, but without the overnight part, and we were looking forward to giving it a try.


Dorie’s recipe is great. We particularly liked the addition of garlic, and the rosemary added a nice flavor as well. We served our tomatoes on toast with goat cheese and paired our toasts with salmon and lentils for dinner one night, all of which proved to be a very tasty combo. Leftovers were polished off the next morning at breakfast, which made me think that next time we definitely need to double the recipe.

A great tip is that if you pack your tomatoes in a jar with olive oil, the oil will really pick up the flavor and then you can tip the tomatoes and a bit of the oil over angel hair pasta on those occasions when you need instant dinner.

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22 Responses to slow roasted tomatoes

  1. Instant dinner indeed. We also served ours on bruschetta!

  2. Love it! I’m also a fan of Nigella’s moonblush tomatoes!

  3. very nice!! enjoyed your post!

  4. Eileen says:

    I used mine the exact same way, with goat cheese on toast. Your bread looks better than mine, though. Yum!

  5. Elin says:

    Me too…I love the pairing of rosemary and garlic…great combo and the aroma filled the whole house during the 3 hours of roasting in the oven. Love it and I paired it with pan fried dijon mustard pork chop 🙂

    Have a great weekend,

  6. Yours is the second post to mention Nigella’s recipe. I’m definitely going to have to check it out.

    • You definitely should, the recipe is on her website (also linked above in my post). I have to say that I liked the addition of the garlic and fresh rosemary from Dorie’s recipe, but I like Nigella’s method because it requires absolutely no monitoring, it just cooks while you sleep.

  7. Oh man, I’d kill for several pieces of that ‘bruschetta’ you put together! Looks and sounds fabulous – beautiful job! 🙂

  8. Susan says:

    Really nice! I love the idea of keping the tomatoes on-hand for a quick pasta dinner! How funny – we tried the Peach Ice Cream first, too! So far, all the recipes we’ve tried have been easy & really good! Enjoy!

  9. I miss Borough Market so so much! Dreaming of cheese from Neal’s Yard now….

    Love the simple elegance of serving with goat cheese on toast. Will have to give it a try next time.

  10. Elaine says:

    I so enjoyed reading your post about your London Borough Market memory. Your tomatoes look lovely on toast and I am sure are delicious with goat cheese. There is so much you can pair these with. Now I am going to have to try Nigella’s Moonblush recipe! 🙂

  11. Betsy says:

    I also love Farmers Markets. I have a schedule on the fridge of where all the nearby local markets are for each day of the week. I enjoyed hearing about how you used your tomatoes. I’m going to have to try some of the leftovers with goat cheese for breakfast. Great photos!

  12. Pachecopatty says:

    Great method to preserve tomatoes for a later dinner and these roasted tomatoes are sure tasty!

  13. I am loving the tomatoes and the oil a bit too much. Now I always want to have some on hand.

  14. Liz says:

    I’m going to try Nigella’s method, too! I love all the creative ways to serve these gems~

  15. Tricia S. says:

    This was the 2nd post that mentioned Nigella’s method and I think that one sounds glorious. I cringed at the thought of the oven being on so long – but also because I had gotten a late start and was exhausted. Overnight while I sleep sounds lovely 🙂 Nana and I still adored this recipe and while I doubled it initially, she is making her 2nd batch today. It’s a keeper.

  16. Genkinaonna says:

    I will definitely be using these tomatoes as a bruschetta topping too next time I’m entertaining. I have a couple of the Nigella cookbooks and I’ll have to check out the moonblush tomatoes recipe.

  17. Cher says:

    Love the thought of keeping a jar on hand for a quick dinner – I am sure the infused oil would have some great uses as well…

  18. Teresa says:

    I think goat cheese is a great match for these tomatoes. I’m making a salad tomorrow with mixed greens from my garden, the tomatoes, and goat cheese. I’m going to use some of the oil for a vinaigrette. I can’t believe that I’ve lived without these tomatoes in my life!

    • Happy to hear that you like them, they are an essential staple in our house. And though they are far superior in the summer, the method can actually draw the flavor out of winter tomatoes too.

  19. I finally got around to making them and they were perfect tucked into Bison Burgers I made last night. I’m afraid they aren’t lasting long as I’m eating the rest like candy. I’ve been using the oil in salad dressings too! OMG!

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