I've been wanting to do this for a while--share some of the ways I use up food that might otherwise get tossed out into the compost or trash. I love the notion of recycling your food, that you can suddenly create something not just merely edible, but something delicious with over-ripe fruits, a glut of end-of-season-not-quite-ripe tomatoes, the heels and left over bits of breads, and old chicken bones. So, I bring you installment number 1 in Recycle Your Food: What to do with all those less than ideal tomatoes you might have sitting around ripening on your window sills.
The answer is simple and a snap to prepare--make some oven-roasted tomatoes. What I love about this technique is that the tomatoes are SO lovely tasting this way--even those less than ideal tomatoes that did not ripen on the vine or those lackluster mid-winter grocery-store tomatoes. You can also include tomatoes just slightly past their prime, gone a bit wrinkly and a little mushy, if you must. And what I love about this technique even more than how lovely tasting they are is the fact that with little fuss you can prepare loads of tomatoes in this way, and simply package them up and freeze them for later enjoyment. I mean with winter setting in, I so dig hoarding food likeI am a squirrel. There is comfort in knowing you have 8 bags of roasted tomatoes in your freezer. Or maybe that's just me.
Anyway, here is the recipe for oven-roasting your own batch of tomatoes:
DOWNLOAD OVEN ROASTED TOMATOES RECIPE
And then, if you want something to actually make with those lovely little roasted tomatoes--well, this is one of my favorites--a pasta made with roasted tomatoes, feta and pesto. It is so much flavor in your mouth make sure you have some nice red wine to offset it with. Really. I'm serious. It would be a shame not to.
And here are the recipes for the pasta, as well as for the pesto you will need to make the pasta dish:
DOWNLOAD ROASTED TOMATO PASTA RECIPE
DOWNLOAD PESTO RECIPE
Happy food recyling and roasted tomato hoarding.