Jamie Oliver

Slow-roasted balsamic tomatoes with baby leeks and basil

A brilliantly simple vegetable side dish

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Slow-roasted balsamic tomatoes with baby leeks and basil

Serves 6
Cooks In1H 10M
DifficultySuper easy
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    123
    6%
  • Fat
    4.6g
    7%
  • Saturates
    0.8g
    4%
  • Protein
    2.4g
    5%
  • Carbs
    17.8g
    7%
  • Sugar
    16.6g
    18%
  • Salt
    0.70g
    12%
  • Fibre
    2.2g
    -

Of an adult's reference intake

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it’s associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease

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Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    123
    6%
  • Fat
    4.6g
    7%
  • Saturates
    0.8g
    4%
  • Protein
    2.4g
    5%
  • Carbs
    17.8g
    7%
  • Sugar
    16.6g
    18%
  • Salt
    0.70g
    12%
  • Fibre
    2.2g
    -

Of an adult's reference intake

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it’s associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease

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Ingredients

  • 12 plum tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic , peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 handful fresh basil , leaves picked and torn up
  • 12 fresh bay leaves
  • 12 baby leeks , trimmed and washed
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
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Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas 3.

Score the tops of the tomatoes with a cross. Take an earthenware dish that the tomatoes will fit snugly into, and sprinkle the garlic and basil all over the bottom of it. Stand the tomatoes next to each other in the tray, on top of the garlic and basil, then push the bay leaves well into the scores in the tomatoes and season well. Lay the leeks on a board and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Using a rolling pin, press down on top of the leeks to really squeeze the seasoning into them. This will also loosen their texture. Weave the leeks in and around the tomatoes. Pour over the balsamic vinegar, drizzle over the olive oil, and bake in the preheated oven for an hour. Before serving, remove the bay leaves.

Try this: These tomatoes are great served as a vegetable dish, or as part of a warm salad. Also good as a base for soup, puréed to make a sauce or served over pasta.


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