Sun-dried tomatoes are a wonderful staple to keep on hand, especially as we head into the colder months. They add a deep tomato essence to anything you put them in. Whether it’s pasta salad, a focaccia topper, or a warm shrimp and garlic stir fry, sun-dried tomatoes are a great way to introduce tomato flavor without having to add fresh or tinned tomatoes.
Sometimes you want a more aglio e olio-style dish instead of something overly saucy and that’s where sundried tomatoes really shine. They add tomato flavor without becoming the star of the dish, allowing the roasted onion and sweet shrimp to shine alongside peppery extra virgin olive oil.
For this dish make sure to use a robust, full-flavored extra virgin olive oil. If you can, drizzle a little cold-press or first-press “finishing” extra virgin olive oil over the dish at the end, it brings out the fruity quality and adds a wonderful dimension to the finished dish. Serve this dish with grilled bread as a tapas or try it over rice or pasta for a hearty entree!
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