Stewed Summer Tomatoes
10 tomatoes (roma or plum), split length wise in 1/2
2 teaspoons salt
1 small onion, medium dice
1 clove garlic, sliced
2T extra virgin olive oil
1 cherry bomb pepper, sliced *optional
3-4 large leaves of fresh basil
1-1/2c boiling water
Heat up a large cooking pot; add the olive oil and onions and sauté just until translucent. Add the garlic slices and tomato halves to the onions. Cover with hot water. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium to medium-low and continue to cook uncovered for 30 minutes or so. The tomatoes should remain intact. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes if not using right away to store. Remove from the pot to a jar or glass container and while still warm, add the fresh basil. If eating immediately, add the fresh basil in at the end before serving and drizzle with more salt and olive oil.
Serve fresh or you can freeze them. I eat them over crusty bread as a snack hot, warm or cold. I also use them to make a delicious dish; Baked Pasta with Stewed Tomatoes. AMAZE.