I’m all about eating seasonally, which means I eat what’s in season and preserve my seasonal favorites to enjoy them as I wait until next year. August is all about tomatoes, and I’ve waited all year for this moment! Someone once referred to me as the hero of the tomato, and I have to say, I humbly agree.
With the abundance of tomatoes at this time of year, I like to roast them for another day. There is simply nothing better than spending an afternoon in the kitchen with tomatoes and Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Spain. It doesn’t have to be terribly complicated. A tray of tomatoes, several glugs of olive oil, a few sprinkles of salt and pepper and a few cloves of garlic. The marriage of Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Spain and tomatoes creates a magnificent “two-fer” when roasted to a golden goodness, because in addition to the amazing tomatoes you’ll also get delicious juices. When cool, pour them into wide mouth, tempered glass pint jars, filled ¾ of the way. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and tuck into the freezer.
Olive oil is an irreplaceable component of the Mediterranean diet, so it is not surprising that 45% of the world’s Olive Oil comes from Spain. And of course, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is considered the most healthful fat for human consumption. I love to use Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Spain because they naturally enhance the taste of so many foods, including gorgeous summer tomatoes.
You might wonder exactly what these gorgeous tomatoes roasted in Olive Oil are good with. The real question is: What are they NOT good with? Try them anywhere you love roasted tomato flavor—on top of rice, tossed with your favorite pasta, on top of toasted crunchy bread. Blend them in to chicken stock to make a delicious soup or add them to your favorite sauce. You can also add them to a frittata or egg dish, on top of vegetables, and even use the oil as a base for a delicious salad dressing.
People often ask me, “Where do I find Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Spain?” The good news is, they are available in your favorite grocery stores. Don’t be afraid to talk to your grocer and ask where to find the them. Remember that you are not looking for the specific bottle pictured; there are more than 200 varieties of Olive Oils from Spain so you’ll find so many to choose from. There is sure to be one that is perfect for what you are creating. When you find the Olive Oil from Spain that is absolutely perfect for what you’re cooking, be sure to share the magic you have created with me!
Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the tomatoes and garlic on top of the parchment paper in the sheet pan. Thoroughly coat evenly with Olive Oils from Spain and sprinkle with the salt. Place in the oven and roast until done to your desired consistency, about 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your tomatoes and oven.
Roasted Summer Tomatoes and Olive Oils from Spain
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the tomatoes and garlic on top of the parchment paper in the sheet pan. Thoroughly coat evenly with Olive Oils from Spain and sprinkle with the salt.
Place in the oven and roast until done to your desired consistency, about 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your tomatoes and oven.