Smoked tomatoes are the tomatoes you didn’t know you needed!
Not only are they excellent for salsa and bruschetta, but they add a depth of flavor to grits, a salad, sandwiches, and burgers. Smoked tomatoes have an intensely earthy flavor and only take about a half-hour to make!
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Tasty Smoked Tomatoes
If the smoker has been busy cooking meats or fish, take advantage of those last-minute pellets or chips and smoke some tomatoes! Any kind of tomato can be used! Vegetarians and vegans love smoked tomatoes!
- Cherry tomatoes or Roma tomatoes are sweet and juicy!
- Beefsteak tomatoes are larger and meatier to work with. Beefsteak tomatoes make for good “field roast” slices that are thick enough to sub for slices of meat, or even a burger patty.
How to Smoke Tomatoes in a Smoker
Nothing is easier than smoked tomatoes!
- Place whole tomatoes on the smoker grate.
- They can be seasoned with salt and pepper or left plain.
How Long to Smoke Tomatoes
- Let them cook in the smoker about 30 minutes until they are slightly golden, but still firm.
- Remove tomatoes from the smoker and serve warm or refrigerate until they are ready to use.
For sundried tomatoes:
- Leave them in the smoker for up to an hour.
- Remove and let them cool to room temperature.
- Leave them whole or cut them into strips and store in a jar with olive oil in the refrigerator.
What to Do With Smoked Tomatoes
One of the reasons tomatoes are so popular across all cuisines is because they are so versatile! Not just for Italian sauce and pasta anymore, smoked tomatoes give added flavor to soup, bisque, or made into green tomato jam or vinaigrette dressing! Or, add some to spice up our orzo pasta salad.
As an appetizer, melt little pieces of gouda cheese over smoked tomatoes under the broiler. Garnish with a little freshly chopped basil and serve! We make a mean smoked guacamole too! It is a huge hit whenever we serve it!
Here are some more interesting things to do with Smoked Tomatoes:
- Remoulade – add smoked tomatoes to mayonnaise and use it as a spread!
- Ketchup – blend with some balsamic vinegar, a bit of brown sugar, and some spices.
- Confit – cook tomatoes low and slow until the mixture is thick. Spread over meat before cooking.
- Coulis – a thin sauce used as a base for soups or other sauces.
How to Store Smoked Tomatoes
- Keep cold smoked tomatoes in the refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid. They should keep about a week, but they’ll be used up long before then!
- To freeze smoked tomatoes, lay them on a parchment covered sheet pan and freeze them overnight or at least 4 hours. Once frozen, they can be stored in a zippered bag with the date written on the outside. They should keep about a month.
- 4-6 tomatoes medium size, ripe but firm, ripened on the vine or roma
- Preheat smoker to 250°F.
- Place 4-6 tomatoes on grate and smoke for 30 minutes or until they are slightly golden and still firm.
- Remove from smoker and eat warm or cool. Cool overnight for Smoked Tomato Gaucamole.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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