I absolutely love the intense, rich flavor that is produced by roasting tomatoes. It is an especially wonderful technique to use when ripe, beautiful tomatoes are hard to find, as the process helps develop the tomato flavor.
Cooking tomatoes releases lycopene, numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Roasted tomatoes are perfect served as a side to steaks or chicken. We recommend you also try another great side dish, Herb Roasted Onions.
Arrange the tomatoes on a sheet pan, cut sides up, in a single layer.
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, pepper and herbs (if using), over the tomatoes.