While I was preparing to make a dinner dish that was a tomato base, it required fire roasted tomatoes. Living in a apartment with no BBQ I was unable to fire roast them. In my search to figure out how I can get the desired fire roasted flavour in to my tomatoes, I came a crossed a recipe for how to broil them in my oven. Out of complete shock and amazement, the tomatoes picked up a delicious smoky flavour from the oven. When making these I always make extra, they freeze and jar very well. Having extra on hand will cut down the prep time and will add an amazing fire roasted flavour to all different types of future recipes that requires a sort of dice and/or crushed tomatoes.
Couple pounds of ripe, firm skinned tomatoes
- Preheat your oven to broil. Move a shelf of the oven up as close to the top as you can. Wash tomatoes and cut in half top to bottom. Trim off any bad parts of the tomato.
- Over a bowl, lightly squeeze the tomatoes so some of the juice, gelatin, and seeds come out. Do not squeeze the life out of the tomato, it is not necessary for all the seeds and gelatin to come out. Just helps for the end of the process. Set aside.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Coat the baking sheet in olive oil to prevent the tomatoes from sticking. Place the tomatoes cut-side down on the baking sheet. Continue until all of the tomatoes are done.
- Place the baking sheet on the top shelf of your oven. Broil for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the tomatoes, you want a few brown/black spots as that will add a nice flavour, you don’t want the whole tomato to turn black.
- When the tomatoes are done, remove the baking sheet from oven and place a clean towel over the tomatoes. This will steam the tomatoes a bit more making them easier to peel. Wait for the tomatoes to cool a little, 5-10 minutes.
- Once the tomatoes have cooled slightly and you are able to handle them, use your hands to start peeling the skin off.
- Discard the skins and place the tomatoes in a bowl. Continue until all the tomatoes have been peeled.
**If you do not have the amount of juice and seeds for you personal preference for what you are going to be using the tomatoes for, you can simple use some of the earlier discarded juice,seeds and gelatin.by