Slow roasted, jammy and infused with garlic and herbs, Tomato Confit is delightful on crostini. It’s my personal favourite way to enjoy it. I find the subtly sweet tomatoes to be the perfect match with soft tart cheese, in this case, goat cheese. The copious amount of olive oil, along with a long slow roast makes it all luscious together and a great addition to pasta, fish and vegetables.
Thanks to Nigel Slater for this lovely recipe that I found in a copy of The Guardian. I’ve made the recipe pretty much as written, other than being in my own words. Sometimes things don’t need to be messed with. The beauty of this Tomato Confit is its simplicity, and how only a few ingredients can be transformed into a versatile delight. It is concentrated goodness in a jar, and handy to have on hand. It will keep for a solid week in the refrigerator, giving you numerous possibilities for snacks and meals throughout the week.
Recipe source for Tomato Confit: Nigel Slater’s Tomato Confit
- 1 kg medium size tomatoes
- 1 kg cherry tomatoes
- 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- 8 cloves garlic peeled
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups olive oil
- 12 each black peppercorns
- Preheat oven to 260℉.
- Bring a large pot of water to a simmer. Wash and core large tomatoes. Cut a small X through the skin on the bottom of each tomato. Plunge tomatoes into simmering water and allow to sit for 40-60 seconds (you will start to see the skins slough off). Remove tomatoes to a cold water bath to stop the cooking. Repeat with remaining tomatoes. Peel skins off tomatoes by grabbing the flaps of the cut X.
- Cut large tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out seeds. Place tomato halves, cut side up in a roasting pan.
- Wash cherry tomatoes and cut in half. Squeeze or scoop out seeds and scatter with larger tomatoes, tucking some in along side the larger ones. Tomatoes should be tightly packed.
- Trim herb stalks of any thick woody ends. Scatter herbs and garlic over tomatoes, pressing them down among the tomatoes.
- Lightly crush peppercorns and along with the sugar and salt, sprinkle over tomatoes and herbs. Pour olive oil evenly over tomatoes and roast for 3 hours.
- Pour boiling water into your sealable jars to help sterilize and warm them. Scoop hot tomatoes, along with herbs and garlic into jars. Top with remaining juice/oil. Screw on lids and allow to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate. If eating cold, allow to come to room temperature first, to allow olive oil to return to its original state.
-Seeding the cherry tomatoes is tedious, but only takes 10-12 minutes once you get going.
-Will keep for a solid week in the refrigerator.
-Makes approximately 3 cups.