You may roast tomatoes within the microwave – Lifehacker


Of all the many ways to preserve summer tomatoes, slow roasting might be my favorite. If you have enough time in your schedule to make a batch, you’ll be rewarded with sweet, juicy little nuggets of savory tomato candy – they’re all we love Tomatoes in high season, concentrated in the perfect bite.

Unfortunately, these delicious bites also require you to run your oven for at least three hours, which is currently a deal breaker for many people (and will remain so for at least another month). Once again, the humble microwave oven helps: about 10 minutes in the microwave is a shockingly good substitute for several hours in the oven, and it won’t turn your house into a scorching inferno.

Making microwave-roasted tomatoes is exactly the same as making normal tomatoes. This is all you need to create a batch – or several:

A shallow, microwaveable casserole dish (I’ve also successfully used a plate with raised edges) Fresh, ripe tomatoesSalt and pepperFresh herbs, bay leaves and / or unpeeled cloves of garlicOlive oil

Cut small or quarter-sized tomatoes in half and place them side up in the baking dish. You want them to be well wrapped – they shrink when cooked – but keep them in a single layer so they cook evenly.

When the dish is full, generously season the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Tuck herbs or cloves of garlic between the tomatoes, then add enough olive oil to reach about halfway through the sides, leaving the cut surfaces exposed. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes, checking how you are doing every 1-2 minutes. As with all microwave recipes, the exact cooking time will depend on your oven, the size of the tomatoes, and the number of tomatoes being cooked. If they look done in 5 minutes, then they are done. If 10 minutes is not enough, continue.

When cooked to your liking, cool the tomatoes completely and place them in a storage container – with every drop of this delicious oil, of course. If necessary, repeat the entire process until you run out of tomatoes. Your delicious oil-wrapped tomato candies will be stored in the refrigerator for at least a month – and in the freezer for much longer – so you can enjoy the summer long after you die.

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