Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

As good as heirloom tomatoes are fresh, roasting them concentrates their flavor even more!

1½-2 pounds assorted heirloom tomatoes
2 shallots, each quartered
4 garlic cloves, peeled
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly-chopped thyme leaves, plus 3 sprigs fresh thyme
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. In a large baking dish, arrange the tomatoes, shallots and garlic in a single layer. Drizzle the vegetables evenly with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme and nestle the thyme sprigs around the tomatoes.

3. Roast the tomatoes until they are softened but still hold their shape, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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