Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

The Spruce / Julia Estrada

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
984 Calories
108g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 984
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 108g 139%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 174mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pomodori secchi sott'olio, the Italian phrase for "sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil," is an easy and classic recipe for reconstituting sun-dried tomatoes for easy use. In the southern Italian regions of Puglia and Calabria, these tomatoes hydrated in oil are usually used in antipasti, or as a snack on crusty bread. Added to panini, salads, bruschetta, pasta dishes, pizza, crostini, or the tasty friselle—a hard bread that resembles a bagel half—these versatile tomatoes are great to have at hand and can brighten many dishes in your weekly menu.

Use these tomatoes to substitute for fresh tomatoes in sandwiches to avoid your bread becoming soggy; mix them with cream cheese for a quick and tasty dip; or make a pesto sauce to have ready in your fridge for those busy nights when you're short on time to make dinner. Top grilled chicken with tomatoes, or make a sun-dried tomato sauce to cover white fish fillets.

Because the recipe has very few ingredients, be sure you have good quality sun-dried tomatoes—organic is preferable—and a good quality extra virgin olive oil as the oil infuses the tomatoes with flavor, so the better the quality the better taste they'll have. Although the classic recipe doesn't use anything but tomatoes and olive oil, some modern takes add herbs, garlic, capers, or olives. You can use your favorite optional ingredients or skip them altogether, the result will be fantastic regardless. This isn't a canning recipe, but you'll need a big glass jar with a tightly sealing lid of about 20 ounces in capacity.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups water, divided

  • 2 to 3 cups white wine vinegar, divided

  • 40 halves sun-dried tomatoes

  • 3 to 4 cups extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon olives, pitted and oil-cured, optional

  • 1 tablespoon salt-cured capers, rinsed and dried, optional

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or basil, mint, or marjoram, optional

  • 1 pinch red chili pepper, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil ingredients

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  2. Add 2 cups of water and 2 cups of white wine vinegar to a large pot.

    Add water and white wine vinegar to a large pot

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  3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the pot. Be sure they're totally submerged in the liquid. If not, add the remaining cup of water and the remaining cup of white wine vinegar.

    Add the sun-dried tomatoes to the pot with the white wine vinegar mixture

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  4. Bring the liquid to a quick simmer and let cook for about 10 minutes.

    sun-dried tomatoes cooking in the vinegar mixture

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  5. Remove the pot from the heat and let sit, covered, for another 3 to 5 minutes so the tomatoes can soften a bit more.

    sun-dried tomatoes in a covered pot with vinegar mixture

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  6. Drain the tomatoes well.

    drain the tomatoes from the vinegar mixture

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  7. Spread the drained tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with several layers of paper towels, and pat them completely dry with additional paper towels. While they need to be rehydrated in order to have the right consistency, removing as much excess water as possible avoids premature spoilage.

    Spread the drained tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with several layers of paper towels, and pat them completely dry

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  8. Transfer the tomatoes to the glass jar and, if using any of the optional ingredients, make layers of tomatoes and seasonings.

    Transfer the tomatoes to the glass jar, make layers of tomatoes and seasonings

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  9. Once done with the layering, press the tomatoes down a bit and fill the jar with enough olive oil to have them completely submerged. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Keep refrigerated at all times.

    Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, in a jar

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  10. Enjoy!

Safe Sun-Dried Tomato Storage

Because these tomatoes aren't canned, there are a few safety considerations you need to be aware of:

  • Adding dried herbs or already preserved items like capers or olives is very safe, but adding fresh herbs or cloves of garlic increases the risk of botulism, a condition induced by food contaminated by bacteria. Tomatoes are acidic, which makes them far less likely to be dangerous when stored in oil, and the vinegar used to rehydrate them in this recipe acidifies them even more. For additional safety, you can add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the olive oil when storing them.
  • If you choose to add fresh herbs or garlic, consume the tomatoes within 2 days.
  • Take out of the jar the number of tomatoes that you need and place the jar immediately back in the refrigerator; the tomatoes will keep fine for several months.
  • Do ​not store them at room temperature, unless you have gone through the process of sterilizing your jar and canning the tomatoes. Once the seal is opened you must refrigerate the product.