Don’t they look lovely and juicy? They’re just ordinary supermarket tomatoes, but roasted with balsamic vinegar, garlic and thyme they’re transformed. It takes 5 minutes to put together, half an hour in the oven and they’re done.
Note: I’ve used thyme but oregano, marjoram or basil would also work well.
Serves 4 as a side dish
1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic
Thyme – fresh if you have it, dried if not.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally (around the equator) and pop them in the roasting dish, cut side up. Slice the garlic thinly and push the slices into the tomato pulp.
Splash over some balsamic vinegar and olive oil, shake the roasting tin so they’re all covered, and then sprinkle over the thyme and some salt and pepper, just enough to get a bit on each tomato half.
Put it in the oven for about 30 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure it’s not browning too quickly.
I served mine as a side-dish for home-made burgers and chips. Lovely.