- Active Time:10 min
- Start to Finish:1 1/2 hr
One of the most popular items on Peacock's menu at his Watershed restaurant, in Decatur, Georgia, these tomatoes are concentrated and soft, and sugar plays up their sweetness, making for a homemade flavor riff on ketchup that you'll want to serve with everything. The tomatoes shrink quite a bit—but a little definitely goes a long way.
(28-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes in juice, drained
unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Lightly butter an 8-inch shallow baking dish.
Stir together sugar, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a cup.
Put tomatoes in baking dish and sprinkle all over with sugar mixture. Dot tomatoes with butter, then bake until tomatoes are partially collapsed and deeply caramelized in places, 1 to 2 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Cooks' note: Tomatoes can be roasted 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat in oven just until warm.