Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto a/k/a Winter Caprese Salad
 
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 plum or Roma tomatoes (about 2-4 lbs. or more in total depending on the size of the tomatoes) cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • ¼ cup basil cashew pesto (recipe follows under "Notes") or store bought pesto
  • 1 ounce fresh basil (garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line two half sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. If using parchment lined baking sheets, brush with a thin coating of olive oil.
  2. Place the tomatoes, cut side up, on the sheet pans. Combine the olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Brush the top of each tomato half with the garlic/olive oil mixture then sprinkle on the coconut sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast on the bottom racks of the oven for 2 hours OR until the tomatoes have shriveled to about ¼ of their original size and the bottoms are slightly charred. (Rotate the baking sheets after 1 hour of roasting.) If your tomatoes are large they may take up to 3 hour to reduce. Start checking the oven after 2 hours and continue roasting in 15 minute intervals until they have shrunk and the bottoms are just beginning to char.
  4. Warm the basil cashew pesto in a small sauce pan over low heat.
  5. To serve, place 2 ounces of fresh sliced mozzarella on 4 salad plates with 1 Tablespoon of the warm basil cashew pesto on top. Divide the slow roasted tomatoes evenly among the plates and garnish with fresh basil.
Notes
BASIL CASHEW PESTO
5 cups loosely packed/3 ounces basil leaves
1¾ cups/7 ounces unsalted, dry roasted cashews
1½ cups/4¼ ounces grated Parmesan cheese
6 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups extra-virgin olive oil
INSTRUCTIONS: Process the basil, cashews, parmesan cheese, garlic, and salt in a food processor until a thick paste forms. With the machine still running gradually pour the olive oil into the feed tube and continue processing until all of the oil is incorporated. Stop the machine, scrape down the sides of the bowl and then process again for a few more seconds until everything is well combined. Store the pesto in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 6 months. Make 3¼ cups.
Tip: Using the weight measurements given for the basil and cashews ensures more consistent results from batch to batch.
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Nurtirion Facts for 1 Serving of Slow Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Cashew Pesto is provided below.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 430, Fat: 32g, Saturated fat: 10g, Unsaturated fat: 22g, Trans fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 20g, Sugar: 12g, Sodium: 554mg, Fiber: 6g, Protein: 18g, Cholesterol: 47mg
Recipe by Queen of My Kitchen at https://www.queenofmykitchen.com/slow-roasted-tomatoes-with-fresh-mozzarella-and-basil-cashew-pesto/