Tomato Confit

1 quart

Tomato confit is a dish of slow-cooked tomatoes in olive oil with garlic and herbs. (Confit is a French term for a food preserved in fat.) After cooking in a low oven, the tomatoes are plump, soft, and aromatic, and their flavor is more intense. Use them as a topping for pizza, toss them with pasta, or layer in a sandwich.


  • 6 medium tomatoes

  • 6 sprigs basil

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise

  • Coarse salt

  • ½ cup olive oil, plus more for storing tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Bring a large pot over water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Cut a small X into the bottom of each tomato. Add tomatoes to boiling water for 10 seconds. Immediately transfer tomatoes to ice-water bath using a slotted spoon; let cool. Peel and core tomatoes.

  3. Place basil sprigs and garlic slices in the bottom of a small baking dish. Top with tomatoes, core side down. Sprinkle with salt; drizzle with olive oil.

  4. Transfer tomatoes to oven and bake until lightly browned and tender, about 50 minutes. Let tomatoes cool before transferring to an airtight container. Cover tomatoes with olive oil and refrigerate, covered, up to 5 days.

    David M. Russell
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