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Roasted Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

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  • Roasting sweetens cherry tomatoes and makes a kid-friendly side dish or pasta topping.

      Roasting sweetens cherry tomatoes and makes a kid-friendly side dish or pasta topping.
    Associated Press

  • Roasted Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

      Roasted Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
    Associated Press

 

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes

2 teaspoons kosher salt

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2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

teaspoon ground black pepper

Slice the tomatoes in half, then set them in a strainer. Sprinkle the salt over the tomatoes, then gently mix. Place the strainer in the sink or over a bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Give the tomatoes a shake to discard any liquid that has accumulated in the strainer. Transfer the tomatoes to a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well. Transfer the tomatoes to the prepared baking sheet, arranging them in an even layer.

Broil on the center rack for 4-6 minutes, or until the tomatoes begin to brown and soften. Serve immediately.

Serves four.

Cook's note: Don't be put off by the amount of salt in this recipe; much of it drains off before the tomatoes are roasted. Salting the tomatoes helps draw out excess water, producing a better roasted tomato. These tomatoes can be served on their own as a side dish, or over pasta for a simple (but delicious) sauce.

Nutrition values per serving: 90 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 7 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein, 0 cholesterol, 490 mg sodium.

J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press

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