Q: My husband loves sun-dried tomatoes, so we bought some in Venice last year. But they've been languishing in our cupboard for months because we're not really sure how to cook with them. Is there anything special we need to do before we eat them (e.g. soak them)? And can you recommend any recipes for using them?
Sent by Rachel
Editor: Rachel, if the tomatoes are dried and not packed in oil, then yes, we like to chop them and let them steep in hot water or wine, then drain them before using. But if they are packed in oil, then we use them straight (and a bit of the oil, too! It's great for tossing with pasta).
Here are a few recipes we love:
• Recipe: Creamy Braised Cauliflower with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
• Recipe: Orzo Salad with Rosemary Almonds and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
• Recipe: Double Corn Bread with Smoked Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Readers, any tips or recommendations for Rachel?
Related: Mercy's Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
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