Tomato Pesto Packets

1
Total Time
40 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
30 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Roasting the tomatoes in foil allows them to steam in their own aromatic juices. Cook the packets in the oven or toss them onto the grill.

Ingredients

fresh cherry tomato(es)

2 cup(s), small, red

fresh cherry tomato(es)

2 cup(s), small, yellow

uncooked shallot(s)

2 medium, minced

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

table salt

¼ tsp

black pepper

tsp, freshly ground

pine nuts

2 Tbsp

basil

¼ cup(s), fresh, slivered

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Tear off four 12-inch or larger sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon 1/4 of tomato mixture in center of each piece of foil; bring up sides of foil to center. Seal foil making sure to leave space in each packet for air to circulate.
  3. Place packets in a roasting pan and cook until tomatoes are aromatic and tender, about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on tomato size.
  4. Meanwhile, warm a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place pine nuts in skillet and cook, shaking pan frequently, until pine nuts start to lightly brown, about 30 seconds; immediately remove nuts from skillet and set aside.
  5. Remove packets from oven and let sit for 5 minutes; open each packet but be careful of escaping steam. Sprinkle each packet with 1 Tbsp basil and 1/2 Tbsp pine nuts.
  6. Serving size: 1 packet

Notes

You can also cook these on an outdoor grill until aromatic.Serve these tomatoes warm or at room temperature, as a side dish or as a topping for grilled chicken or fish.

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