Herbed Roma Tomatoes

Herbed Roma Tomatoes

Still on Whidbey, still at The Star Store and back to the deli like a weirdo.  Possible they are worried I’m carrying a bomb as I’m spending way too much time doing laps though the isles, taking note of all the products I’ve never seen before.  “Is she homeless?… But she’s paying for the food…” they might whisper.

This recipe is from their deli.  After trying the roasted tomatoes (wonderful!), I went into the kitchen upon returning to Seattle, inspired to make them at home.  The only difference is that I think they used herbs de provence and I used fresh oregano.

Serves four
6 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano


Foodie Note: We are buying a CSA-style produce box from our friend Leah-the-Barista.  One day she mentioned that her boyfriend had gone overboard on their vegetable garden and she had more then two people could handle.  “Eddie and I can probably help with this,” I said.  Monday morning Eddie picked up a box full of farm fresh veggies (plus a dozen eggs!).  One of the many gems we got was a great long stock of Elephant Garlic, which can grow to the size of a new-borns head!  Our stock was smaller, but the cloves are quite large.  The taste isn’t as strong as the typical clove and it’s actually a little sweeter.  Don’t be afraid to use the whole thing.

Preheat oven to 400*F.  Brush a baking dish with olive oil.  Place tomatoes cut-side-up in dish, season with salt and pepper.  In a small bowl, mix olive oil and garlic, brush onto tomatoes.  Bake for 10 minutes in top third of oven; bump up temperature to 450* and bake on same rack for 10 more minutes.  Sprinkle with fresh oregano and serve.

Foodie Note:  So good the next day!  I reheated in a skillet and had a egg with them… just amazing.  This is a versatile menu item.

Props to my dear friend, Erin Galloway, author of erin-sometimesifeelcrafty.blogspot.com.  She brought these babies to a bridal shower and looked “like a culinary heinous”.  Get it girl!  Check out her blog, it’s wearable creativity with a side of sass.  I knew I was friends with her for a reason.

Erin’s Herbed Roma Tomatoes… those do look pretty good.

Keywords: Star Store, Elephant Garlic, Roasted Tomatoes, Whidbey Island