Summer Fest: A Celebration of Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Bruschetta with Chevre and Slow Roasted Tomatoes

The Summer Fest theme this week is tomatoes and I can’t think of a better thing to talk about than slow-roasted tomatoes.  I made these for the first time last September and they were absolutely amazing.  Although I made them a few more times throughout the year with grocery store cherry tomatoes, I’ve been waiting for some good summer tomatoes to roast.

Cut Tomatoes with Herbs and Olive Oil

Yesterday I roasted a tray of 20 gorgeous Roma tomatoes that I had picked up at the Saturday Farmer’s Market.  It took all day, but the end result was fantastic.  I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I ate about 15 of those tomatoes for dinner last night.  I just kept picking them off the tray as they were cooling.  My name is Nicole and I ate 15 Roma tomatoes in one night!  Now you know why you aren’t seeing photos of slow-roasted Roma tomatoes… I ate them before I could photograph them.

Tomatoes after Roasting

But I also roasted a pan of cherry tomatoes since I didn’t have enough Romas to fill two pans.  If you’re going to have the oven on all day anyway, you really should fill all the racks with tomatoes.  I managed to eat at least a handful of the cherry tomatoes, too.  I know what you’re thinking.  But you’ll understand once you make some yourself.  You should do that.

Tomatoes in Jar

How to Make Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

And here are some more links to help you along your tomato-roasting journey.  These bloggers won’t steer you wrong.  You need to do this!

Instructions for Slow-Roasting Tomatoes:

What to do with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes:

Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Tomatoes:

How You Can Join in Summer Fest 2010

Summer Fest 2010 Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? Starting with our posts of Wednesday, July 28, for five Wednesdays, you can contribute in various ways, big or small.

Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish. It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid. No pressure, just delicious. Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of

Summer Fest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit – I missed this one!
8/25: Tomatoes

  1. Cherry Tomato & Maytag Blue Beignets | Simmer Till Done

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    4:37 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  2. marla {family fresh cooking}

    I have quickly roasted tomatoes, but never slow roasted. I must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing all the helpful links with us too!

    Here is my contribution to this weeks Summer Fest:
    Bacon Guacamole Salsa

    5:34 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  3. Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen)

    I’m not sure how to submit, but I think my post today, Homegrown Tomatoes Bare All, would fit very well with this theme:

    5:48 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  4. kirsten

    great post! you’ve totally inspired me to turn on my oven despite the heat. Thanks!

    6:08 am  Aug 25th, 2010
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  6. Alison

    This looks great! I have loved Summer Fest Recipes. See my recipe this week for Tomatoes with Basil Drizzle

    6:39 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  7. Kalynskitchen

    I know exactly what you mean! I can’t stop eating these when I make them either. Planning to make my second batch in the next day or so (as soon as I have enough ripe romas, need to go pick tomatoes!)

    6:40 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  8. Ranjani

    I love slow roasted tomatoes! And the tomatoes right now are so fantastic, I think everyone should be eating as many as possible!
    My contribution this week is roasted tomato soup with smoked paprika:

    6:54 am  Aug 25th, 2010
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  10. Stacey Ballis

    For simple recipes like Roasted Tomato Soup, Brown Butter Tomato Vinaigrette, and an unusual and delicious Tomato Pudding check out my blog today

    7:54 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  11. Sarah

    Oh YUM! I love roasted tomatoes, they are so versatile and surprisingly just jammy, rich and wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    My contribution this week is two sauces for snacking and the pantry. First, a Charleston Creole Sauce that I’ve canned for winter eating:

    And second, a fire-roasted pico de gallo that I can’t keep stocked in the house! I make a batch at least once a week each summer . . . I make mine lacto-fermented just by adding a little whey and it lasts (fresh! uncooked salsa!) in the fridge for months. If it doesn’t get eaten first!

    Thank you for hosting! I can’t wait to read all the other contributors!


    7:59 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  12. Liam O'Malley

    Slow roasted tomatoes are awesome, wish my oven didn’t heat my whole house up quite so much though.

    I made a tomato consommé for summer fest this week:

    8:02 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  13. Melissa

    Your slow roasted tomatoes look great.
    I made an Heirloom Tomato Salad with Asparagus and Herb Creme Fraiche this week at It’s The Way She…

    8:27 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  14. Erin

    Here is my contribution to this week’s Summer Fest!

    8:38 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  15. Prerna@IndianSimmer

    Lovely post and your photographs are always to die for!
    This was my first time participating in the summerfest n I enjoyed it so much. Here’s something Indian I did with my tomatoes.

    8:43 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  16. Kim

    Love the slow-roasted tomatoes. We’re having a couscous salad tonight with 3 pints of them mixed in, in fact…

    Living in Italy for the past two years, I really gained a new appreciation of perfectly ripe tomatoes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to eat them—straight from my blog, Flexitarian Foodie!

    Avocado-Tomato-Peach salad

    Basic Bruschetta

    Tomato and Cream Cheese Foccacia

    There are plenty more tomato recipes on Flexitarian Foodie, come take a look!

    8:48 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  17. Christina

    I have been in love with roasted tomatoes ever since I read Molly Wizenberg’s piece in Bon Appetit about them. Your pictures are mouth-watering! My contribution to Summer Fest is stuffed tomatoes:

    9:19 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  18. Jodi

    I definitely have to try this before the tomato season ends! Looks so great!

    Here is my contribution.

    9:21 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  19. Leah

    Yay! It’s finally Tomato Week! I’m celebrating all week by posting some new tomato recipe discoveries as well as some old family faves. Yesterday, I began with Neely’s Chicken Salad in Tomato Cups:

    In the upcoming days I’ll have Ina Garten’s Scalloped Tomatoes, Paula Deen’s Tomato Pie and my own take on Caprese Salad. I sure have enjoyed playing along with all the Summer Fest 2010 participants. I also learned a lot of useful info for my garden next summer. Thank you Margaret for creating this event!

    11:32 am  Aug 25th, 2010
  20. Winnie

    I adore slow roasted tomatoes too! I made a large batch already but def. need to make more.

    For this week’s Summerfest, I made a tomato jam, spiced up with ginger…

    12:36 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  21. Nancy

    This just keeps getting better and better!!! I am a huge fan of slow roasted tomatoes – make them year round (definitely makes winter tomatoes edible!!)!! Thanks for posting all the great links!!! My contribution is Tomatoes with Feta Mousse.

    1:06 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  22. Margaret Roach

    I used to do this every summer with my oven on warm (or 250 maybe, with it open crack even). Why did I stop? You are reminding me to get back to it.

    2:00 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  23. Lyndsey

    I love slow-roasted tomatoes! They are definitely the best way to preserve those wonderful summer heirlooms.

    I use slow-roasted tomatoes in my Summer Fest recipe too. What a coincidence :).

    2:02 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  24. Nancy

    those look amazing – and I think you showed considerable restraint in only eating 15 🙂 We have had amazing tomatoes in our CSA share and our garden tomatoes are loving our recent heatwave (me, not so much). My favorite salad of late is this very simple tomato, goat cheese and basil salad – I love to add in some capers along with the olives

    2:39 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  25. Stephanie @ Dollop of Cream

    Slow-roasted tomatoes are wonderful — I especially love them in grilled sandwiches. I usually use a slightly different technique, so I”m looking forward to trying yours.

    My contribution to Summer Fest this week is a cheesy tomato and zucchini gratin, bubbling out of the oven, just waiting to be eaten for dinner . . .

    2:56 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  26. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    So glad you’ve joined the Slow-Roasted Tomato Gang! I haven’t bought a sun-dried tomato in four years, since I started making pounds and pounds of these tomatoes and storing them in my freezer every winter.

    3:36 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  27. Kristy

    Those tomatoes look so amazing, my mouth is watering!! lol I’ve never done this and am sooo going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing all the info!!! 🙂

    5:03 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
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  29. Judy

    well at least you get them into the oven!
    I am just eating our tomatoes right from the plant!!!

    will probalby have to buy some to make these!
    but will do.. I put thyme in mine when I jar ….

    11:53 pm  Aug 25th, 2010
  30. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    I fully appreciate and understand your consumption of these yummy little morsels straight from the tray!
    Now, just to find the patience while waiting for them to roast in the oven.
    🙂 Mandy

    3:18 am  Aug 26th, 2010
  31. leslie land

    Good as these are – VERY! – I’m still in the fast roasted tomato camp; love the caramelized quality they get. And of course although the oven’s hotter, it’s not on nearly so long. Admit this may be because we dry our cherry tomatoes; the fast roasting is mostly applied to big juicy honkers like Brandywines. The recipe link’s in this post, which is sort of its own mini summerfest. In addition to the tomatoes there’s a savory zucchini cake and a love letter (with cooking suggestions) to heirloom Black Mexican corn.

    6:52 am  Aug 26th, 2010
  32. Mary Papoulias-Platis

    Love,love,love roasted tomatoes!
    This year I ventured out and planted a Greek tomato variety,”Thessaloniki”a small and juicy tomato, which I purchased at Quail garden’s annual “Tomato-Mania” festival.

    My recipe is my Greek Egg scramble, my mother’s favorite for warm summer nights.

    10:49 am  Aug 26th, 2010
  33. Jami

    Ooh, this looks yummy! Here’s what I do with regular roasted tomatoes:

    3:33 pm  Aug 26th, 2010
  34. Lana

    Nicole, I tried this the old-fashioned way first, drying the tomatoes in the sun, on my mother’s elevated porch, but the wasps liked them too much, and I do not get close to wasps, like “phobia” big time.
    When I discovered the slow roasted route, there was no going back. All you need is some good, ripe tomatoes. I had them in my garden in Ohio, but here, in Cali, I have to go to markets to get them. Breaks my heart.
    Anyway, they carry with them the essence of the summer, and we all need that come January.
    My contribution to the Summer Fest is a story of my garden and a Serbian Sautee of Onions, Peppers, and Tomatoes.

    7:18 pm  Aug 26th, 2010
  35. Kathleen

    Will definitely try this method. See my contribution to Summer Fest at and also at

    8:36 am  Aug 28th, 2010
  36. Shaheen {The Purple Foodie}

    i loveeee slow roasted tomatoes! I think you just tempted me to make these again.

    9:20 am  Aug 30th, 2010
  37. Myriam

    Hi, I left you a comment before, for some reason it didn´t go through. My mother used to make tomato sauce the same way as Lana did. And yes, I remember the flies. But it was exquisite. She dried them and then put them in an hermetic jar with olive oil and herbs. I prefer this method, it´s clean and fast compared to my mom´s.
    Thank you,

    2:38 pm  Aug 30th, 2010
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  41. Jeanette

    I love all the great recipes! Just wanted to share a couple of posts I made on tomatoes:

    “What To Do With A Box Of Tomatoes”

    Warm Vidalia Onion and Heirloom Tomato Salad

    6:12 pm  Sep 16th, 2010
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  46. Kristen

    Hi Nicole,
    The tomatoes look delicious! Do you know anyone who cans them? I’d be interested in a preserving recipe if you know anyone who does this.

    5:52 am  Jul 9th, 2012
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  48. Aqiyl Aniys

    I love roasted tomatoes. I wish I could dive into the picture and eat them right now!

    12:21 pm  Mar 16th, 2014
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