Fire Roasted Tomatoes are great in pasta sauces, salsas, chili and soup. You can whip these bad boys up on your grill super fast. Then use them for marinara, vodka blush sauce, or salsa. The possibilities are endless. The depth of flavour is beyond compare. Try them out for yourself!
I cannot even begin to describe how good tomatoes are when cooked like this. Yes you can easily buy a can of fire roasted tomatoes but then you don’t get to play with fire yourself. Where’s the fun it that?
Fire roasting tomatoes is incredibly easy to do. Once you try this out you will never want to buy them again. The taste is just superior to anything you can buy in a can. You can flavour them up if you like with some spice. You can add fancy olive oils if you’re *that* kind of person. Or you can just grill them as nature intended. That’s what I did. Why mess with perfection.
If you love tomatoes I can envision you eating these bad boys right off the grill. I’m picturing you grabbing one of the grill, tossing it around like a game of hot potato, then biting into it as it sprays its juice all over your clothes. You won’t care. These things are that good. I’d highly recommend NOT grabbing a hot one off the grill and biting right into it though. You need to slow down there buddy, a little woah nellie is in order. You need to take the charred skins off before you enjoy these beauties.
Unless you like charred skins. Then have at it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you!
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Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- 12 to 24 to matoes depending on how small or big of a batch you want
- Olive oil
Wipe down your grates with olive oil before turning on. I use a cloth or a brush.
Get your grill fired up.
Let it get hot. I always preheat my grill just like my oven.
Turn it down to a medium heat.
Brush your clean tomatoes with some olive oil. If you don't want to do this step you can roast them without oil. I've done them both ways. Both are good.
Place your tomatoes on the grill. I did this batch whole. No need to cut in half.
Let them cook for about 5 to 9 minutes depending on the size and ripeness of your tomatoes.
Once they develop char you want to use long handled tongs to flip these suckers over.
Cook for another 5 to 9 minutes, depending on your tomatoes.
Once they develop beautiful char on them take them off the grill and place them in a large bowl or casserole dish.
Turn off your grill.
Now cover the bowl or casserole dish with either tinfoil (my preference) or plastic wrap (I freaking hate plastic wrap with a passion) and allow the temperature of the tomatoes to come down. Covering them will help you remove the skins easily once they cool.
Once the tomatoes cool you need to remove the blackened skins. It's easy and quick, trust me.
Throw away the skins.
You are now left with beautiful fire roasted tomatoes!
Cut them up into chunky pieces, and make sure you keep the juices from the bowl and from the cutting process. Those juices are amazeballs in sauces.
You can either get crack-a-lacking on some amazing sauce or you can transfer to a container to either refrigerate or freeze for use later. Make sure you pop in some juice, that's the good stuff so do not waste it.
You can do anything with these fire roasted tomatoes. Make a pasta sauce, marinara, blush sauce, salsa, chili or soup.
I made marinara with mine which I will be sharing a link to later this week. I then turned that marina into a vodka blush sauce. I also made brushetta so I'll be sharing that recipe as well. The possibilities are endless for fire roasted tomatoes.
Romas work best but use what you have on hand. Just don't use ones that are over ripe or they will turn to mush on your grill. You want them a tad firm so they hold up to the grilling process.
You will become addicted to fire roasting tomatoes once you try them. I am using them in everything these days. Cannot get enough of them.
Do not be intimidated by your grill. The worst that can happen is you end up ordering pizza if things don’t work out. But if you’re careful you end up with beautiful dishes time and time again.
Remember to keep a close eye on your grill at all times. If you have a flare up close the lid.
Do not lift the lid constantly. Heat escapes that way and affects the temperature. Just the same as when you open your oven door!
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I hope you get to try these out. Remember to use firm tomatoes. Roma are best but in a pinch others will do. Just make sure they are not too soft or you will have mush on your grill. Chose wisely my friends.
Now be confident and get your grill on!