Roasted Grape Tomates

These are super-simple. They are wonderful tossed with pasta, spooned over polenta, or piled on bruschetta.   They are also lovely next to a simple piece of  chicken or fish.  Best of all, perhaps, is the fact that roasting renders even Winter tomatoes sweet and mellow–  Organic grape tomatoes work best.

1-2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. + some, finely ground sea salt
3 T. olive oil
16 oz. organic grape tomatoes, washed and dried

Preheat oven to 450° F. Using the back of a fork, mash minced garlic with ½ tsp. salt until a paste forms. In a small bowl, stir paste into olive oil and let sit at least 10 minutes.

In a 9x13x2” pan, toss oil and garlic with tomatoes until tomatoes are coated. Spread into a single layer and sprinkle with a little more salt. Roast 15-20 minutes, or until tomatoes have burst and begun to caramelize. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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