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8 tomatoes

3 sprigs basil

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Fresh ground pepper

Pinch hot chili flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In the bottom of each tomato, make an 'X' mark with the tip of a sharp knife, being careful not to cut too deeply into the tomato. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water, then remove after 10-15 seconds and place tomatoes directly into a bowl full of ice water. When tomatoes are cool, gently peel skin off and cut out the core of tomato.

Place tomatoes in a baking dish, core side down, and add salt, pepper, pinch hot chili flakes, 1 sprig basil and drizzle with 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Roast the tomatoes for about 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let tomatoes cool. Place the tomatoes in a glass jar or airtight container. Add the basil sprigs and remaining olive oil and let cool completely.

Serve with fresh ricotta cheese and grilled bread, or with pasta, grilled vegetables, or fish.