Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Italians and Greek people have a wonderful approach to produce, treasuring the flavours of the individual items and almost reverently preparing them. Traditionally, the approach has been seasonal, and many of the practices continue even today. I love my semi-local Greek Warehouse and their range of not only produce but also equipment – for baking, drying, preserving, squishing, squashing, rolling, and flavouring. From there I get the best jars for all sorts of storage, but also for my pickles and preserves. Recently they also gave me a small booklet of preserving recipes, Mediterranean style.

The recipes are very simple, but it prompted me to share one or two with you. For example, this one. We dry tomatoes routinely – it is a great way to use up excess produce – and often use cherry tomatoes. Sometimes we keep them dried in a jar, ready for nibbling or for intense flavour injections into dishes. Other times we put them under oil, where the tomatoes flavour the oil and the oil flavours the tomatoes.

Now, there is nervousness in the US about keeping foods under oil. Certainly do your research, I won’t recommend a practice one way or the other. It is up to you.

Preserving this way is a traditional and very common practice in parts of Europe. In the rest of the Western world sun dried tomatoes came into fashion in the 1990’s, went out of fashion by 2000 due to over production of poor quality dried and semi dried tomatoes, and are now, apparently, making a comeback. In my kitchen, they never went out of fashion, but we make our own. We do use the dehydrator at times, but I find the moist atmosphere of a low gas oven gives a much better result. Using sun power is the best of all.

Similar recipes include Braised Tomatoes with Herbs, Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses, Oven Dried Tomatoes with Sumac, and Dried Okra Snack.

Browse our Preserves and Pickles. Or explore our Late Autumn dishes.

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Haloumi Pizza with Oven Dried Tomatoes

From the market to the kitchen in Italian style.

Trawling the Farmer’s markets, the result was a full shopping bag topped with some sweet autumn cherry tomatoes, some rapé (rapini), and my favourite organic pizza dough. They came together in a pizza.

Take a look at our other pizzas here and here, and a collection of tomato recipes here and here. Check out our oven dried tomatoes here and here. Find inspiration in our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses

In this Indian Summer weather, some dried tomatoes with pomegranate molasses / syrup, seems perfect, especially when eaten with thick thick yoghurt.  Also perfect but a little different are dried tomatoes with sumac. Drying tomatoes concentrates the sugars, and this makes them a perfect foil for pomegranate or sumac.

Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses? Also make some Pomegranate Honey – it keeps you healthy all through winter. This is how you extract the Pomegranate Juice.

Or try Pomegranate SalsaTomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Pomegranate and Banana Salad.

You might like to also make Haloumi Pizza with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Oven Dried Tomatoes with Sumac, and Du Puy Lentils with Oven Dried Tomatoes.

All of our Middle Eastern recipes are here, the Tomato recipes here and Pomegranate recipes here.  Find inspiration in our Mid Autumn recipes.

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Oven Dried Tomatoes with Sumac

These are quite easy to make. It just takes time – a very slow oven and a few hours.

I have a love of two things – Farmer’s Markets and making pickles, preserves, pastes, purees and dried things. I love to turn fresh ingredients that will preserve them in some way. This recipe is perfect for perfect little cherry or grape tomatoes. It oven dries them in a very slow oven to make a great intensely flavoured snack, or ingredient for pasta sauces and salads.

The first time I made these little beauties, my Office Assistant and friend ate the whole batch! They are very more-ish.

You might also like to try Haloumi Pizza with Semi Dried Tomatoes, Tomato Tarte Tartin, and Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate. You can browse all of our oven dried tomato recipes here and here. Or have a look at our Tomato Recipes here and here.

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