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The Many Tasty Uses of Sun-dried Tomatoes

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The Many Tasty Uses of Sun-dried Tomatoes

Sundried tomatoes are great to have on hand because they practically last forever. Easily found at any supermarket, they provide a concentrated tomato flavor that is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. 

Sundried tomatoes are sold dry-packed or in oil. Both are equally delicious but require specific ways of handling. Let's examine how to use sundried tomatoes to make a wide variety of flavorful dishes.

Rehydrating Sundried Tomatoes

Before cooking with sundried tomatoes one must first rehydrate these Mediterranean jewels. Begin by rinsing them under running water to get rid of any excess salt that may have been used to preserve them.

Then put the sundried tomatoes in a pot with just enough water to cover.  Cook on high until they come to a boil then turn off the heat. Let steep until they are cool and fully rehydrated. Drain and pat dry.

If you are short on time this process may be accomplished using a microwave.

SUNDRIED TOMATOES PACKED IN OIL

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These luxurious tomatoes can be used straight from the jar. The best ones are packed in extra virgin olive oil, which makes a killer addition to dressings and vinaigrette.

To use these tomatoes you simply have to drain them an pat dry with a paper towel if you wish to remove the excess oil. Some gourmet markets sell sundried tomatoes packed with garlic, herbs and and even tuna. So be sure to read the labels.

How To Use Sundried Tomatoes

Sundried tomatoes can be used in salads, pastas and countless other dishes where you desire a punch of intense tomato flavor. A nice idea is to chopped them up and use as an extra topping for traditional Caprese salad (aka tomato mozzarella salad). The flavor of sundried tomatoes is intense so don't go overboard.

GLUTEN-FREE BREAD WITH SUNDRIED TOMATOES AND CHEESE

Make gluten-free bread more delicious by adding chopped sundried tomatoes and a hearty sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Try this delectable recipe.

SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO

Take traditional pesto up a notch by adding chopped sundried tomatoes. It's delicious tossed with pasta like you'll see in the video below or as a sandwich spread. Yum!

 

SUNDRIED TOMATOES IN SALADS

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It's a simple fact: sundried tomatoes are exquisite in salads, whether served alongside grilled vegetables or tossed in rice or pasta salads. Just drain, chop and sprinkle over the salad. They add a nice boost of color and flavor to your healthy dishes.

Try this tasty crab salad with pureed sundried tomatoes.

SUNDRIED TOMATOES IN BROTH

Did you know sundried tomatoes can be used to perk up vegetable broth? All you have to do is toss them in the pot with the rest of the ingredients and cook as usual. They'll add a nice oomph. 

STUFFED SUNDRIED TOMATOES

Looking for an elegant appetizer that comes together in just minutes? We recommend stuffing them with a nice blend of eggplant, capers, cheese and herbs.  

SUNDRIED TOMATOES IN LASAGNA 

Follow a vegan lifestyle? Then don't forget to stock up on sundried tomatoes. They are heavenly tucked into a raw zucchini lasagna and pair beautifully with the macadamia cheese in this raw zucchini lasagna recipe.

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