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Ingredients:

2 to 2 1/2 lbs large red tomatoes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tsp dried oregano
sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pesto, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pesto:
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tbs minced garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 cup  grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 4oo degrees.
1. Core the tomatoes and then slice them across ( in 1/2 inch-thick slices)

2. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a sheet pan. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano, 1 tsp. sea salt, and black pepper.

3. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, spread each slice with pesto, and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

4. Return the tomatoes to the oven and continue baking for 7 to 10 minutes, until the Parmesan is melted and begins to brown. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving.

How To Make Pesto:
Place the walnuts, pine nuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor . Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil, sea salt, and pepper. With food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Use immediately.  You can store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top. Makes 4 cups.

 

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