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5 ways to use Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are ripe tomatoes that lose most of their water content after spending most of their drying time in the sun. These tomatoes are usually pre-treated with sulphur dioxide or salt before being placed in the sun to improve colour and appearance.

The Country Range Sundried tomatoes have added herbs which create additional flavours.  These popular products are the ideal ingredient for salads, risottos and pasta dishes.

Paul Dickson, Country Range Development Chef shares his five innovative ways to use Sun Dried Tomatoes.

1 Puree

Puree your sun-dried tomatoes and add a spoonful to infuse soups and sauces. It will give an amazing umami hit of flavour or add a spoonful to your favourite pesto recipe

2 Flavour

In pastas or stews. These great nuggets of sweet and sharp flavour will be perfect for any pastas or stews, particularly veggie and vegan stews.

3 Topper

These succulent tomatoes make the perfect topping on breads like focaccia. Sun-dried tomatoes are great squashed into fresh bread doughs. I love adding them to top my focaccia dough

4 Savoury

In savoury scones or quiche. Add a few chopped sun-dried tomatoes to your cheese scones or homemade quiche instead of raw tomatoes. The flavour is so much better!

5 Dressings

In salads or dressings. instead of fresh tomatoes I use sun dried tomatoes in my classic mozzarella, avocado and tomato salad. The tomato oil also makes an amazing dressing for the salad


Our Development Chef

Paul Dickson is a chef with over 30 years’ experience throughout the foodservice industry. Paul understands the challenges facing our catering customers and works with us to develop exciting recipes and menu solutions that fit every type of customer outlet.

We work with Paul to create recipes from using the latest insight trends to make up inspirational menus through to developing new ways of serving up traditional favourites.