Oven Dried Roma Tomatoes
The first thing that you need for this is a lot of Roma tomatoes. I would say that I bought about 60 – 70. We find that using Roma just makes for a more perfect looking, tasting and textured tomato. A perfect thickness, all you have to do is slice them in half and place them onto a cookie sheet. But first put down some parchment paper.
First wash them and then slice them in half.
After Two Hours of Baking
We baked them on 300F for two hours and achieved this result. Which was great and we did set aside a few of them for our Naan bread pizzas. Then we put the rest back into the oven so they could dry out a bit more.
After 3 and a Half Hours
So chewy and caramelized!
Next you just want to store your oven roasted tomatoes into a jar, adding layers of basil and even some of our oregano fresh herbs, while covering in extra virgin olive oil.
Makes an excellent gift!
Here we used some of the oven roasted tomatoes on a pizza for me.
Between the 60 – 70 Romas that I bought and the Naan bread pizzas that we ate, they all fit into these two jars. They do shrink down so consider that when you make them.
Homemade Mozzarella in Olive Oil
Make Your Own Mozzarella Cheese
This also makes an excellent gift when put into pretty clear jars for any occasion.
This was actually pretty easy and exciting to make. It was a lot of fun on a very rainy day to spend it in the kitchen.
1 Gallon Milk
1/2 Rennet Tablet
2 Tbsp Citric Acid
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
Fresh Basil and Garlic to taste
3 cups Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Red Peppercorns
Using two containers dissolve the rennet in ~1/4 cup water in one container and in a different container dissolve the citric acid in the same amount of water.
Add the dissolved citric acid into the milk and stir well.
Heat the milk to 88’F and the milk will start to look chunky. Now add the dissolved rennet into the milk mixture and stir well. Heat the mixture to 105’F, turn off the heat, cover, and let the mixture sit for 20 min.
Pour the cheese into a colander with a larger bowl underneath to catch the whey.
You can also place the cheese into the hot water and it will heat the cheese like the microwave does and then kneed the cheese as before.
You can also pull it long forcing it through your hand into a ball. You may need to place the cheese back into the microwave or hot water to make the cheese more pliable while handling it.
Form Into Balls
Chopped basil, garlic and red peppercorns.
Recipe for Roasted Olives
OMG! These olives are wonderful!
We made them the night before a trip to take with us to eat with our picnic. I cannot even describe to you how wonderful that they smell. It would make the best air freshener ever.
This is now going to be a staple in our kitchen.
-2 cups Greek olives (or any olives you prefer)
without the pits.
-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil.
-2 – 3 Tablespoons fresh rosemary.
-2 – 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon-thyme leaves.
-About 2 wedges of preserved lemon sliced into skinny strips.
Our Preserved Lemon
-Freshly ground black pepper.
Pre-heat your oven to 400F
Use a cookie sheet and place aluminum foil down onto it.
In a bowl mix together all your ingredients making sure everything is coated. Then place on the cookie sheet and cook for about 10 – 13 minutes. The olives will get a bit wrinkly. You might want to remove from the oven about half way through and stir around on the tray, then place back into the oven.
(I think these olives would make an excellent edible gift when placed into a pretty jar.)
This is truly perfection!
- 8-10 lemons
- 2 cups rock salt (We used a combination of Himalayan Sea Salt and New Zealand Sea Salt.)
- About 6 Bay Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Caraway Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds
- 1 1/2 cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
You want to halve your lemons and then slice them down the middle without cutting all the way through. Also sqeeze the juice out of them and into the same bowl with the cut lemons.
Now you want to combine all your ingredients except the bay leaves.
We just added everything to the bowl of lemons.
Now just combine and mix everything together. We also added some already squeezed Italian lemon juice that we had in the refrigerator.
Now you want to pack the lemon mixture into some canning jars and placing the bay leaves inside the jars as well.
We filled the jars up to the top with leftover lemon juice.
Now place them into the refrigerator for a few weeks for the lemons to preserve and they are then perfect!
They also make lovely gifts.
Irish Tomato Chutney
Beautiful Vine Ripened Tomatoes
The recipe calls for plum tomatoes because they are very meaty but we used these vine ripened tomatoes and they worked very nicely.
1 cup of sugar (we use the Splenda sugar)
1 ½ cups cider vinegar
2 teaspoons crushed cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes, quartered
1 medium onion (we used a red onion)
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ cup golden raisins
Freshly ground pepper to taste
The Irish Pub Cookbook
In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the sugar, vinegar, salt, cardamom, ginger, mustard seeds, and cloves. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, raisins, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 to 1 ¼ hours, or until the mixture is thickened. (After a few minutes cooking time, the tomato skins will separate from the pulp. Remove the skins with a fork and discard.) Spoon the chutney into a clean jar or bowl, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 2 cups.
Here are the cardamom seeds and beside it a teaspoon of cardamom powder. I just wanted to show you what the seeds look like before they are ground.
Adding your onions and garlic
Bringing your ingredients to a boil.
Adding your tomatoes. I cannot even begin to describe to you how heavenly this smells. And tastes!
As the tomatoes cook the skins will start to come off and you are to scoop them out of the pot.
We like for the chutney to cook down for a few hours on a low heat. When the chutney is ready then just put into these jars. I always look out for these jars when I am out at thrift stores and antique malls. The chutney looks so good in them. They also make great Christmas gifts. The lovely red color is perfect for that.