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Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomoatoes with Basil
© Cedric Angeles

Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

  • SERVINGS: 10
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Chris Cosentino remembers charring tomatoes when he was a line cook under chef Mark Miller at Red Sage in Washington, DC. "Mark always said, 'It needs fleck,' " Cosentino says, referring to the blackened bits on the skins. "The fire brings out the sweetness in the tomatoes."

  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes
  3. 24 squash blossoms (optional)
  4. 1/4 cup small basil leaves or chopped basil
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until smoking, 5 minutes. Add the olive oil, tomatoes and squash blossoms and cook until the tomatoes are lightly charred and about to burst, 3 minutes.
  2. Off the heat, stir in the basil. Season with salt and pepper and serve right away.