Oven-Dried Tomatoes with Parsley Rice

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  6 servings
Prep Time:  20 minutes Cook Time:  4 hours 30 minutes

Oven-Dried Tomatoes with Parsley Rice

When you have a big load of tomatoes, especially at the end of the summer, drying tomatoes in the oven is a special treat. They are sweet and juicy and just lovely. With herbed rice, this is a delicious side for a quiet dinner at home or for company.

Ingredients

Oven-Dried Tomatoes

8 medium-size plum tomatoes, cored and halved lengthwise

2 teaspoons olive oil

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Salad:

3 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

1½ cups brown basmati rice, rinsed well

¾ cup oven-dried tomatoes

½ cup chopped Italian parsley

½ cup scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

To Prepare the Tomatoes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a pastry brush, coat both sides of the tomato halves lightly with the oil. Place skin side down on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the salt and pepper to taste. Bake the tomatoes until they shrink to about half of their original size, 3½ to 4 hours; they should remain soft and juicy. Let the tomatoes cool on the baking sheet and slice into quarters. Set aside. (Tomatoes may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days).

To Prepare the Rice:

  1. In a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat add the broth, garlic and salt and bring to a boil. Add the rice, stir, and wait until it comes back to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low and cover. Simmer for 40 minutes, then turn off the heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove the garlic cloves and fluff with a fork to separate the grains.

To Make the Salad:

  1. To make the salad, combine the rice, tomatoes, parsley, scallions, lemon juice, olive oil, and black pepper to taste. Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. (Salad may be prepared up to one day in advance. Cover and refrigerate until use.)

Kitchen Tips

Don’t have time to oven dry tomatoes? Oil-packed sundried tomatoes will work well in a pinch.

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