Blistered tomatoes make almost any meal better. In less than 10 minutes, a quick saute with herbs and garlic turns cherry tomatoes into something juicy and almost gourmet.
Something about fresh, warm tomatoes is so comforting. I love them in a marinara sauce I made myself or in a creamy tomato soup. Burning cherry tomatoes, however, opens up a new world of dishes.
When cooked in hot oil, they taste sweet and savory at the same time, are very juicy, and can be used in many different ways. They go well with fried eggs and are easy to put on a breakfast plate. Balsamic glaze on top of a grilled steak makes it taste even better. And they go well with hummus and baba ganoush on a mezze platter. Blistered tomatoes are an ingredient you'll want to keep on hand to give your next meal a deliciously rich taste and a touch of class.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR BLISTERED TOMATOES
Since we'll cook the tomatoes whole, find the best cherry tomatoes you can, especially in the summer when they're at their best. Then you only need a few more things.
- Tomatoes: Cherry or grape tomatoes both work well as tomatoes. Grape tomatoes typically have a slight size reduction.
- Olive Oil: You can choose between olive oil and avocado oil.
- Garlic: Only two cloves are required, but add one or two extra if you like garlic!
- Herbs: Many herbs go well with tomatoes, but for a bright, Italian flavor, basil and tomatoes are my particular favorite!
HOW TO MAKE BLISTERED TOMATOES
The process of making blistering tomatoes takes little time. Nevertheless, a few things must be aware of to ensure you blister them properly! This is a recipe for them.
- Prepare the tomatoes. The tomatoes should be allowed to cook for around 2 minutes unattended after heating the oil to a medium-high temperature.
- Integrate the aromatics. Add the tomatoes to the pan and whisk in the garlic, salt, and pepper. Stirring occasionally, allowing them to blister for two to three minutes.
- Serve them up. Serve with freshly chopped basil on top after taking the pan off the heat.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
- Before putting the tomatoes in, make sure the oil is heated. The blistering process requires hot oil. Thus it must be hot!
- For the first two minutes of cooking, don't stir the tomatoes. This technique appropriately blisters them.
- Only pack a few tomatoes into your pan. Otherwise, instead of scorching separately, they would steam together. Thus, choose a medium or large pan, depending on how many tomatoes you're blistering.
WAYS TO USE BLISTERED TOMATOES
On a breakfast plate, put them. My favorite is to serve them with sauteed spinach, fried eggs, and slices of avocado!
- They go on top of a grain bowl or salad. Blistered tomatoes are delicious, with robust salads like salmon and asparagus salad. Or with any grain bowl where you would typically add tomato slices.
- Add them to cooked proteins as garnish. Think of them as a warm, juicy sauce that may be put on seared steak, baked salmon, lamb chops, or baked fish!
- As a side dish, serve. Moreover, blistered tomatoes make an easy side dish that may be flavoured with feta cheese crumbles, toasted pine nuts, or even a drop of basil pesto sauce.
We often have a big harvest because I produce more tomatoes than we need. My favorite tomato kinds of cultivating are the minor grape and cherry varieties (ideal for beet and tomato salad). Grape and cherry tomatoes can be prepared quickly and deliciously using blistered tomatoes. Just like roasted grapes, they can be consumed on their own or integrated into various meals. One of the most excellent gifts of summertime is undoubtedly tomatoes. Please let me know how they came out if you try making these blistering tomatoes!
Can you microwave cherry tomatoes to blister them?
Check on them every one to two minutes during the ten minutes of high-power microwave cooking. As with all microwave recipes, the precise cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the tomatoes' size, and how many you're cooking. If they appear finished after five minutes, they are; if ten minutes are insufficient, continue.
How do you recognize when tomatoes go bad?
When you pick up a tomato and see liquid there, it has spoiled. Squeeze a tomato lightly to check if it is soft or mushy; if it is, it has gone wrong. Smell: If you notice that a tomato is emitting a sour or putrid odour, it isn't good.
Why do tomatoes blister?
Excessive nitrogen fertilizer can cause blossom drop and excessively aggressive vine growth. And bright sunshine can generate sunscald spots on tomato fruit. Blisters from sunburn gradually become greyish-white and have a paper-like surface.