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CONFIT TOMATOES AND GARLIC

Ingredients

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
  • 8 to 10 cloves of garlic (one bulb as an alternative)
  • extra virgin olive oil (enough to cover the tomatoes)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
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As Summer ends, so does the season for fresh tomatoes. With just a few minutes of preparation, this Confit Tomatoes and Garlic Recipe is a great way to “preserve” that fresh tomato flavor all year long. Once the fresh tomatoes and garlic are prepped, a bit of patience is needed as they cook very low and slow in a bath of olive oil and fresh herbs. Amazingly, you are left with this luscious concoction of softened sweet tomatoes and garlic that spreads like butter. Believe me, it’s all worth the wait!

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a blue oven safe dish filled with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil for confit tomatoes and garlic

WHAT IS CONFIT?

Confit is a French technique that means to “preserve” food. This French cooking technique slowly cooks food in fat. Confit tomatoes retain their shape, but their sweet flavor is intensified while cooking in the extra virgin olive oil. In addition, confit garlic is super creamy, incredibly flavorful and spreads like butter.

Trust me, do not toss the oil. The oil can be used for salad dressings, pasta, grains, or to grill vegetables, meat and/or seafood.

Additionally, I felt it only fitting to prepare the Tomato and Garlic Confit using this Le Creuset oven-safe baking dish.

BEST TOMATOES FOR CONFIT

During my latest trip to the farmer’s market, I came across this lovely batch of Blue Chocolate Tomatoes. Honestly, I had never heard of them before. They are bigger than a cherry tomato, yet not quite as big as an average tomato. The coloring is a deep reddish-orange with hits of chocolate. So, I decided this would be my tomato of choice to confit.

Cherry tomatoes are the most popular tomatoes to confit. The sweet flavor and size of a cherry tomato creates one fabulous finished product. Plum, or San Marzano tomatoes are also great alternatives.

Larger tomatoes can also be used. However, cook times will have to be adjusted.

GARLIC CONFIT

For this Confit Tomato and Garlic recipe, I decided to use cloves of garlic. However, feel free to cut the top off of a medium-sized bulb of garlic and throw it into the baking dish. Once the garlic is finished, it will ooze out of its wrapping and be super creamy and spreadable.

WHAT KIND OF OIL TO USE FOR CONFIT

Extra virgin olive oil is best. Honestly, it does not have to be the most expensive brand available. Keep in mind the tomatoes and garlic need to be completely submerged in the oil. For this preparation, I used Terra Delyssa, a cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil that I use in a lot of my recipes.

FRESH HERBS AND SEASONINGS IN CONFIT

To use fresh herbs, or not? Honestly, this is a matter of preference. For this Tomato Confit recipe, I decided to use both fresh basil leaves and fresh thyme. Rosemary is another great option. If you are looking for an added level of brightness, lemon zest would be a great addition.

As far as seasoning, kosher salt and black pepper were my go-to. However, consider a few pinches of crushed red pepper for an added level of heat. Also, although I am leaving it out of this written confit recipe, I did add a few teaspoons of crisp chili oil to my Tomato Confit.

There are a number of recipes using balsamic vinegar. In my opinion, I would leave this out to prepare the Tomato and Garlic Confit. Use the vinegar just use as an added flavor to whatever dish you are creating with the Tomato Confit.

HOW TO USE CONFIT TOMATOES AND GARLIC

There are so many ways to enjoy Confit Tomatoes and Garlic. In fact, I used them as a topping for ricotta toast. Additionally, I used both the oil and Confit Tomatoes and Garlic with pasta.

Here are a few other suggestions:

  • crostini
  • whipped feta and/or cream cheese
  • risotto
  • hummus
  • polenta
  • with your favorite protein
  • use the oil for dressings, marinades, to grill meat, vegetables, and/or fish or seafood
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a blue oven safe dish filled with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil for confit tomatoes and garlic

CONFIT TOMATOES AND GARLIC


  • Author:Charlotte Fashion Plate
  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time:2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield:10 servings 1x
  • Diet:Vegetarian

Description

With just a few minutes of preparation, this Confit Tomatoes and Garlic Recipe is a great way to “preserve” that fresh tomato flavor all year long. Once the fresh tomatoes and garlic are prepped, a bit of patience is needed as they cook very low and slow in a bath of olive oil and fresh herbs.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes
  • 8 to 10 cloves of garlic (as an alternative an entire bulb)
  • extra virgin olive oil (enough to cover the tomatoes)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 to 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°.
  2. Rinse the tomatoes.
  3. Place the tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs in an oven-safe dish.
  4. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
  5. Completely cover the tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil.
  6. Bake uncovered for approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (The tomatoes should be tender, but still have maintained their shape with little bursts).
  7. Allow the confit mixture to cool.
  8. Use immediately in the suggested preparations, or store.

Notes

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  • Category:Appetizer, Side Dish
  • Cuisine:French

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:1/4 cup

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HOW TO STORE CONFIT TOMATOES

Confit Tomatoes and Garlic can be stored in the fridge (in a sealed container), for up to two weeks. Cover the tomatoes with the olive oil. Store remaining olive oil in the fridge up to two weeks.

Freezing is also an option. Tomato confit can be frozen up to three months.

Regardless of the storing technique, be sure to bring the olive oil and tomatoes to room temperature prior to use.

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