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Roasting Plum Tomatoes

I really miss our home-grown heritage tomatoes during the cold winters in Pennsylvania. Store-bought slicer-type tomatoes are just so dull and not even worth purchasing.

So here are two tips around this flavor challenge. If you have more tips, we’d love to hear from you!

(1) We have found that store-bought cherry tomatoes are still rather tasty during this season. We use in salads and in some soups.

(2) We have found roasting store-bought Italian Plum Tomatoes will get us through the winter. They are inexpensive and accessible but flat tasting until roasted. I roast these in my toaster oven about once a week; then wrap them in the parchment paper which they were roasted in and store in the refrigerator so they are handy to grab. Easy recipe follows:


TOMATOES (PLUM) – ROASTED:  Juicy caramelized tomatoes – use to enhance sauces, in salads, on sandwiches or just pop into your mouth for a tasty treat. It’s easy to make small batches in a toaster oven. They are particularly yummy in the winter when store bought tomatoes are so dull tasting.

Serves: 8 tomatoes || Prep Time: 10 minutes || Cook Time: 30 minutes

8 fresh Italian plum Tomatoes

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons dried basil

1 teaspoon salt substitute

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


Preheat toaster oven 400°F. Cut fresh tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place halves in a medium sized bowl, pour tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes. Stir until surfaces are coated. Sprinkle with dried basil, salt substitute and garlic powder. Place halved tomatoes, cut side up, on parchment paper; roast for about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 26  Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 9mg, Total Carbohydrate 6g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 1g, Protein 1g

Recipe by CoachBJ, visit my website at



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