Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Make An Excellent Meal Topping

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Roasted tomatoes are my absolute favorite savory flavor boost—for anything. And when I’m in a hurry, the quickest way I can get that flavor is by roasting the smallest tomatoes of all: cherries. You can roast cherry or grape tomatoes of any size, but slightly larger ones work better here. If yours are all very small, reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees and the cooking time to 18 to 22 minutes. Best of all, you can store these little flavor bombs for several days in the fridge and use them in everything, from salads to frittatas.

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Makes 3/4 to 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 ounces ripe cherry tomatoes, cut in half (a generous 2 cups of tomato halves)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Large pinch of kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. In a medium bowl, toss cherry tomatoes with oil and salt. Arrange the cherry tomatoes, cut-side up, in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, until shrunken and a bit charred around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes or so on the baking sheet before removing them. (If some of the cherry tomatoes stick to the parchment paper, lift up the paper and push the tomatoes off from behind.) Use the roasted tomatoes right away, or store in the fridge for five to six days or in the freezer for up to three months.

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