Roasted sheetpan cherry tomatoes

One of the most enduringly popular “recipes” in Sababa, and I put that word in quotes because these practically makes themselves. Dead simple, versatile, and the best way to cook your tired, your poor, your shriveled quarantine tomatoes yearning to be used. Turn into a pasta sauce. Shakshuka heaven. Put on matza (or whatever) with avocado, labaneh, or just straight up. Just make them. I promise your first time won’t be your last.  

 

Ingredients:

2 pounds (6 cups) cherry tomatoes, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions:

 

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Dump the tomatoes on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Give the baking sheet a shake to coat the tomatoes.

 

3.Roast until the tomatoes are shriveled and some of the juice releases onto the pan, 20 to 25 minutes (you don’t want to take these too far because then that juice will evaporate, and basically that juice adds the essence of tomato flavor straight from the heavens into anything it touches). Allow the tomatoes to cool, and make sure to scrape up and use the slightly jellied juices that collect on the pan. 

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