Pomodori alla siciliana Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil

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One of my fondest childhood memories was Stopping by John and Francis Scotchel's house and smelling the wonderful smells coming from the home.  The Scotchel's were a local born and raised Italian family that lived in our old neighborhood and would always invite us over.  I can remember Joe, the son, would share with us some of the most wonderful traditionally made Pomodori alla siciliana ( Sicilian tomatoes ) or what we refer to as Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil. As a young man working in an Italian grocery store I learned a great deal from the Italian Owners and workers on making and cooking Italian foods and this wonderful recipes is one that I will share with all yall today.  I have used them on pizza, in many pasta dishes on breads and even right out of the jar it self. As always We sure hope that you give this a try and As always please feel free to leave your comments in the comment section below and please feel free to share this on all of your social media.


20 or more tomatoes (Roma/Cherry)
4-5 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
4-5 sprigs chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 -5 fresh basil leaves chopped
1-tablespoon hot pepper flakes if desired

Place the tomatoes cut side up on a grid and sprinkle each tomato with a little salt and black pepper (salts speeds up the drying process). Cover with netting to guard from dust and insects ( We use door screen ).Place the tomatoes under direct sun light and Remember to bring the tomatoes into the house in the evening (evening/morning moisture should be avoided) Repeat the procedure for approximately 7 days and Carefully turn the tomatoes once a day to allow for a fast and even drying. These Sun Dried tomatoes will be ready when they are dried and wrinkled.

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