I don’t remember a year where our tomato season has lasted so long. It’s mid October, and we’re still getting tomatoes!
I stopped by our favorite local tomato supplier, a family that just has a great garden and sells their tomatoes out of their barn. There were tons of Roma tomatoes, so I loaded up a bag of them, along with some other tomatoes for sandwiches, etc. I’d been thinking of drying some tomatoes in the oven by roasting them, but realized that was just silly. I had to smoke them!
I just cleaned them and cut them in half, laying them out on a baking sheet on parchment paper. I drizzled olive oil on the tomato halves, and put the baking sheet on the Big Green Egg at about 225 degrees F.
I didn’t really want them dried out, so I smoked them for about 1 1/2 hours, just to soften them and get some good smokiness in them.
My wife and I both tried a tomato half, and we found that they’re too smoky on their own. However, they’ll make a great ingredient in other things. To try this out, I grilled some burgers and bacon on the BGE and sauteed some onion in balsamic vinegar.
I took some mayo and added a chopped up tomato half. Man o’ man, was this good stuff!
It’s going to be interesting finding how to use these tomatoes. I’m going to portion them out and vacuum pack them to put in the freezer, then I can use them whenever I want.
Any ideas on using smoked tomatoes?