Thursday, December 8, 2011

Herbed Tomatoes

Perfect Pairing:  Leftover herbs in your crisper drawer

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet lately on Perfecting the Pairing.  I had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with my friends and family, which kept me pretty busy.  Even though I was quiet on the blog I was definitely still cooking and photographing.  There are lots of fun things coming up! 

I got home last night from an absolutely amazing vacation in Grand Cayman.  We had delicious food, great service, perfect weather, and lots of great memories.  I have been a little heartsick all day thinking about that blue sky and sea.  I can tell you that, without a doubt, a Perfect Pairing is a pina colada on the beach.
Now that I am home I am thinking about healthy, while still flavorful, dishes.  These herbed tomatoes fit the bill. They are such an easy and flavorful side dish.  I am a big fan of grape tomatoes.  They are the first thing I go for on a veggie tray.  It seems they are always in season, which is nice since the regular tomato season is so fleeting.  The grape tomatoes in this dish burst in your mouth with the flavors of garlic and herbs.  They are so good.
The Perfect Pairing for this recipe is the leftover herbs in your crisper drawer.  If you are like me you have half-used packages of basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, etc. roaming around your refrigerator on a regular basis.  Any combination of herbs works in this recipe but I really like basil, thyme and parsley. 

Herbed Tomatoes
Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing

·         2 Tb olive oil
·         4 garlic cloves, minced
·         2 pints of grape tomatoes
·         ¼ cup parsley leaves, chopped
·         8 basil leaves, julienned
·         1 Tb thyme leaves
·         Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and stir to coat with the olive oil and garlic.  Saute until the tomatoes start to split, but have not completely lost their shape.  Add the herbs and salt and pepper.  Saute for about 2 minutes.  Serve warm. 

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