6 large, ripe fresh tomatoes
6 tsp. olive oil
Coarse ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cut tomatoes in half horizontally. Place cut sides up onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with pepper.
Bake until tomatoes collapse and begin to caramelize, 2 to 3 hours. Spread garlic on tomatoes about halfway through baking cycle.
When done, remove from heat, sprinkle with basil and serve hot, or allow to cool slightly before serving.
Adapted from The Eating Well Cookbook. Slow-baking tomatoes at a low heat gives them a caramelized taste and texture.