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In a search for fire roasted tomatoes for my recipe for Cornbread Focaccia, I found this homemade version. Fire roasted tomatoes add a smoky flavor to a variety of foods. They cook quickly on a gas range or charcoal grill. Much more economical than store bought; freezable, too. p.s. Using any other tomato probably will not work for they turn out mushy.
- Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise (from stem to tip) and brush the cut sides with olive oil. Place the tomatoes cut side down over a medium flame on a gas grill. If using a charcoal grill, place the tomatoes in the middle of the grill over briquettes that are medium-hot.
- When the tomatoes develop dark char marks (about 5 to 8 minutes depending on size and heat of grill). Continue cooking until the skins begin to blacken in spots. Then, remove the tomatoes from the grill, pile them in a bowl, tightly cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
- When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the blackened skins and dice the flesh, making sure to reserve the juices.
- Use immediately or pack tomatoes in a freezer proof container with juices.