Tomates a la Provencale !
If you haven’t tried my recipe yet , it’s not too late ….Tomatoes are great right now !
Not the prettiest looking tomatoes but I promise the best tasting ones you’ll ever have ! It is like a confit of tomatoes , rich in flavors . I serve them cold on bread as an appetizer but you can also serve them warm as a side to any dish . And the best is that it is the easiest recipe ever !
The secret ? Buy some over ripped tomatoes at your local farmer’s market . I buy mine from a stand in Little Italy or Hillcrest farmer’s market . They have them in a bag and they are only around $5 / bag so it is Ok even if there is a couple bad ones in the mix .
In a large non stick pan , pour a nice bed of olive oil . Wash , dry and cut the tomatoes in 2 as on the photo . Place cut side down in the oil . Cover and cook on medium high for about 15mns . You want the skin to become loose .Water will come out of the tomatoes into the pan , boiling .
Remove from the heat , uncover and let cool off a few minutes witch will make flipping them easier . Gently turn the tomatoes cut side up .
Ad a pinch of sugar , salt and pepper on each tomato , herbes de Provence and traditionally garlic and parsley . We like them plain so I do not ad these but I ‘ll sprinkle a little grated parmigiano cheese just before to serve .
Wait ! You are not done yet !! Cover again and simmer now on low until there is no more juice in the pan wich can take 1h to 1h 1/2. Check once in a while .
Restaurants will just seared the tomatoes on the grill to give them pretty grill marks , put the garlic and parsley to garnish and serve as a good looking fake Tomate a la Provencale ! Yes , mine are not the best looking but you will love the condensed flavors and your guest will too !