Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
3 HR 30 MIN
Serves : Makes 2 1/2 cups
© John Kernick

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 275°. Make a shallow X on the bottom of the tomatoes and transfer to a large heatproof bowl. Pour the boiling water over the tomatoes and let stand for 1 minute. Drain, peel, halve lengthwise and seed the tomatoes. Return the tomatoes to the bowl. Toss with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2    

Arrange the tomatoes, cut sides up, on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until leathery, about 3 hours. Let the tomatoes cool slightly.

Step 3    

In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes with the basil until coarsely chopped. Season with salt and pepper.

Make Ahead

The compote can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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