Thursday, July 14, 2011

Grilled Marinated Tomatoes

There is nothing like a summer tomato.  If you are anything like me you anxiously await the arrival of local tomatoes in your garden, at your grocery store or local farmers market.  As tomatoes become plentiful you may be looking for some tasty recipes. This grilled tomato recipe is wonderful because it can be made ahead of time.  Grilled marinated tomatoes can be served hot, cold, or at room temperature.  What's better than that?

Grilled Marinated Tomatoes

I especially like these grilled tomatoes as one of the components of my marinated vegetable platter.  The vibrant color of the tomatoes makes the platter pop visually.

Marinated Tomato Ingredients
Grilled Marinated Tomatoes
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Serves 6
  • 6 ripe tomatoes, cut in half horizontally
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Preheat your grill.  Combine the olive oil, vinegar, basil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Stir to combine.  Set aside.

Place the tomatoes, cut-side down, on the grill.  Grill until they start to bubble and blister, 4-5 minutes.  Carefully turn the tomatoes over and grill for two minutes more.

Grill the Tomatoes
Remove the tomatoes from the heat.  Place the tomatoes cut-side up in a serving dish.  Spoon the marinade over the tomatoes while they are still hot.  Set the dish aside for at least one hour before serving, or cover and refrigerate for up to five days.

Top Tomatoes with Marinade
Serve these tomatoes in place of a salad as a tasty summer side dish.

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