Rescuing Tiny Tomatoes Gone Soft

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‘Tis the season of overabundance. The grape, cherry and Sun Gold tomatoes that are so delightful at this time of year often turn out to be more than any one family can eat fresh. Next thing you know, there are annoying fruit flies hovering over your glowing baskets full of tiny tomatoes and you don’t know what to do except throw them — with deep regret — into the compost pile.

Pan-roasting is a three-ingredient (four if you use olive oil and five if you add basil), one-step way to bring those tomatoes back to delicious life as a side for breakfast eggs or a spread for bruschetta.

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Pan-Roasted Tomato Spread
1 tsp olive oil (optional, especially if you have a nonstick pan)
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 pinch sugar
1 pinch salt
1 tsp fresh basil (optional)

Place all ingredients (except optional basil) in a small skillet. Heat at medium, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to split and char. Remove from heat and spread on toast. Top with basil.

For a round-up of 20 fresh tomato recipes, including techniques for freezing (instead of canning), visit Natalia’s blog Hot, Cheap & Easy.