Roast tomatoes

Any tomato, regardless of its state of ripeness, will be transformed by being roast in a hot oven. I find this recipe particularly useful as a side dish for cold meats, but it also makes a very pleasing main dish with some brown rice on the side.


Serves 4 as a side dish

450g tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
A small bunch of basil
40g finely grated Parmesan


Achieving the perfect results

  1. Set the oven at 200˚C/Gas 6. Cut the tomatoes in half. Put them into a bowl. Pour over the oil, a good grinding of black pepper and a little of salt. Tear the basil leaves and add them with the grated Parmesan.
  2. Tip the tomatoes into a baking dish or baking sheet with raised edges and bake for 25-30 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and the Parmesan is slightly crisp.

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