Randy Mayor
Yield
6 servings (serving size: 2 tomato halves)

"I like to dry my own tomatoes," says Michel Nischan. "That way, I can control the moisture content and have tomatoes that are moist, meaty, and syrupy with the concentrated flavor of sun-dried tomatoes. Ripe peaches, figs, cherries, apricots, and nectarines can also be dried using this method." Use good-quality aged balsamic vinegar to bring out the sweetness of the fruit.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200°.

Step 2

Place a wire rack over a baking sheet; set aside.

Step 3

Combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, and vinegar; toss gently. Place tomatoes, cut sides up, on rack. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Bake at 200° for 6 hours or until tender and slightly syrupy (do not overbake or tomatoes will be tough and chewy). Remove from oven; cool completely. Place 1/2 teaspoon cheese onto each tomato half. Fold slightly; secure each tomato half with 1 rosemary sprig. Place on a serving platter; drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

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