Let’s face it, unless you live in a warm climate year-round winter tomatoes will always be things of underwhelming mediocrity. So what’s the antidote to several months of off-season tomatoes? You take a tried-and-true cooking method like slow-roasting and you add a generous drizzle of honey (and sundried tomatoes just to be sure). Blitzing the slow-roasted honey-coated tomatoes with a few other familiar savoury ingredients results in a spread so full of deep tomato flavour it may as well have been made with tomatoes cut fresh from the vine.
What to do with honey-roasted tomato spread
- Make a sophisticated yet simple pasta dish: Prepare your favourite pasta noodles as directed, reserving a scant cup of salted pasta water before draining. Add the honey-roasted tomato spread to the hot pasta, using about 2 tablespoons of the spread per serving and thinning it with the pasta water. Top with more chopped olives, fresh oregano or basil, and plenty of good parmesan.
- Add to grilled cheese: Spread a thick layer of honey-roasted tomato spread onto one half of a grilled cheese as it’s being prepped. Fresh cow or buffalo milk mozzarella, Chèvre Noir (or other aged goat cheddar), and Taleggio are all excellent pairings.
- Use as a cheese or charcuterie accoutrement: Honey-roasted tomato spread can be used as-is or piled onto a thick layer of labneh or Greek yogurt.
- In egg dishes: Either use as a topping for eggs or incorporate it directly into omelettes, quiches, and frittatas.
- With roasted chicken and pork: A spoonful of honey-roasted tomato spread will do wonders to liven up roasted chicken and pork. Alternately, rub the spread directly onto the poultry or meat to infuse it with delicious Mediterranean flavours.
Honey-Roasted Tomato Spread
1 generous cup of honey-roasted tomato spread
2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes (or any other small, sweet tomatoes)
8 cloves of garlic, papery skins removed and left whole
1 large sprig of fresh rosemary
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 sprigs of fresh oregano
2 Tbsp. olive oil + 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp. honey
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
8-10 kalamata olives, pits removed
1 tsp. capers, in brine or salted and rinsed
2 Tbsp. sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and roughly chopped
Sharp chef’s knife
Measuring cups and spoons
Roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet
Parchment paper or silicon baking mat
- Preheat the oven to 275° Fahrenheit/135° Celsius.
- Line a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Spread the tomatoes, garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, and oregano evenly across the roasting pan or baking sheet.
- Drizzle the tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the honey, and a generous sprinkling of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper. Use your hands to toss everything together, making sure the oil and honey are evenly distributed.
- Roast the tomatoes for 60-90 minutes, gently stirring the contents of the baking sheet with a spatula.
- The tomatoes are done once they’ve collapsed and have developed a jammy texture.
- Remove the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs and scrape the tomatoes and garlic cloves into a food processor (make sure you get any pan juices, too!).
- Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive, lemon juice, kalamata olives, capers, and sundried tomatoes. Blitz until the mixture is thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides with a spatula.
- Transfer the honey-roasted tomato spread to a sealed container or glass jar and store for up to 2 weeks.
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