Charred tomatoes

Charred tomatoes

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Takes 1 hour 10 minutes-1 hour 20 minutes


Serves 4
Try charred tomatoes for a change from the usual veg

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal140
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0g
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  • 6 very large vine tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 1 scant tbsp balsamic vinegar, plus extra
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • about 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • a small handful fresh basil leaves, finely sliced



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 3/fan 140C. Put a griddle pan or heavy cast iron frying pan (not non-stick) over a high flame and leave it to heat.

  2. Cut the tomatoes in half around the equator. Brush the cut surfaces with 1 tbsp of oil and place cut side-down on the hot griddle. Cook undisturbed for 1 minute, then take the pan off the heat.

  3. Transfer the tomatoes, cut side-up, to a shallow baking dish. Brush cut surfaces with the vinegar, then with about 2 tbsp of oil. Place a sliver or two of garlic on each tomato, and sprinkle with the sugar.

  4. Bake for about 1 hour until the tomatoes are deep brown and sticky-looking. Cool a little, then finish with a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar, extra oil and a scattering of basil. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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skerries's picture
22nd Aug, 2014
tasty and easy to do Does need more than a minute to get the real charred effect
23rd Feb, 2009
I used large vine tomatoes, as opposed to very large - baked for approx 45 mins. They were beautifully cooked, at the same time retained their shape perfectly. Absolutely gorgeous, will most definitely be a regular vegetable dish in my house. Would make a lovely starter.
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