Cherry Tomato Confit

One of the best things about summer is the beauty of bright, sweet Cherry Tomatoes! But have you ever considered that they are more than just a snack? This quick recipe proves just how dynamic of an ingredient they can be! Plus, it's a great way to make use of a surplus in a way that sets you up to have a culinary tool for weeks or months to come! 

Cherry Tomato ConfitIngredients:

  • Cherry Tomatoes (Sungolds are our favorite!)
  • Basil, Thyme, or Rosemary (or all 3)
  • 6-9 cloves of garlic
  • Salt
  • 1-2 Cups Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Parchment Paper

 

Process:

  1. Pre-heat your Oven to 400, and line a full-sized roasting pan with parchment paper.
  2. Pluck any stems that are still attached to your fruits. Give them all a quick rinse to ensure that they are clean. Spread them out in a single layer on your parchment-lined roasting pan.
  3. Creatively scatter handfuls of garlic cloves, whole black peppercorns, and whichever herbs you would like to season your confit with. Season with sea salt.
  4. Generously pour enough olive oil over everything to fully wet all of the ingredients. The pool of oil might come up as high as 1 cm in places. Lay the second sheet of parchment over the top of everything and gently roll it around \ to wet the new top-sheet of parchment.
  5. Load it all into your pre-heated oven. Roast your cherry tomatoes for 20-30 minutes, until they have softened, shriveled slightly, and put on some color.
  6. Allow them to cool fully. Then take off the top parchment sheet, discard any large woody herbs, and gently transfer to a container that can be sealed and store in the refrigerator. They will be good for at least 7 days, and potentially as long as 2 weeks.

Conversely, if you load your confit and it's aromatic oil into quart-sized zip-top bags in a "single layer" and express as much air as possible, this confit will freeze quite well! Pull out a bag in the dead of winter to indulge in a taste of sunshine with your favorite roast winter vegetables, a light pasta dish, or thrown into a hearty salad. Enjoy!