Taste&Create VI: Roasted Tomatoes with Basil with CherrapeñoFebruary 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Posted in events, savory things | 12 Comments
For this month’s Taste&Create Nicole from For the Love of Food matched me up with Nic from Cherrapeño. Nic has a lot of good-looking sweet treats on her blog (I have all the ingredients to make one of them and if I’m able to this weekend, I will), but for events like these, I often like to branch out to the savory side of the cooking world. Nic grows her own chilies and herbs and puts them to good use on the dinner table.
I decided to make Nic’s roasted tomatoes with basil. I thought they would be perfect with what I was already making for dinner– broccolini and a vegetable lasagna without tomato sauce. These were so easy to make, it almost felt like a cop out, but let me tell you, they are super flavorful and just burst in your mouth. No wonder she says they are one of her favorite dishes..now they’re one of mine, too.
You can find more detail on Nic’s site, but essentially tomatoes, basil and garlic are slow-roasted in the oven with a little olive oil. Then balsamic is drizzled on top before serving. I used some large-sized cherry tomatoes I had and sprinkled on a little sea salt, black pepper and more fresh basil when they were out of the oven. It’s really a beautiful end of summer side dish.
Thanks Nic and Nicole for a great event!