12 vine ripened tomatoes (the riper the better. This is a great way to preserve tomatoes at peak of season for later use)
2 Tbsp. Arette Organic Tea Seed Oil (Tea Oil)
5 sprigs of fresh thyme
5 cloves of garlic
Salt, black pepper and sugar
Remove the core from each tomato and cut the tomatoes in half through the equator
With the back of a small spoon remove the seeds from each half tomato
Place the tomatoes on a sheet pan cut side up
Season the cut side liberally with salt, black pepper and sugar
Flip the tomatoes over and season the other side
Intersperse the fresh thyme and whole garlic cloves on the tomatoes
Drizzle the Tea Seed Oil (Tea Oil) over the surface of the tomatoes
Create a paper towel fence around the tomatoes by folding paper towels in half lengthwise 3 times (this helps to absorb any moisture that comes out of the tomatoes while cooking)
Place in 250˚F oven for at least 3 hours or until the tomatoes have sufficiently evaporated their water and concentrated their flavor.
Peel off the skins from each tomato and store in container with some additional Tea Seed Oil (Tea Oil) between the layers of tomatoes. These tomatoes can be used in all kinds of applications: On top of pasta, in a salad, in sauces, on a sandwich, with fresh mozzarella, on pizza etc. The concentrated flavor of the tomatoes explodes in your mouth. One of my all time favorite ingredients.