Preheat the oven at 120°C. Wash and dry the tomatoes. Arrange tomatoes in a baking dish so they fit in a single layer. Top with garlic and thyme and season. Pour enough olive oil over to completely cover the tomatoes. Allow to cook slowly for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the oil.
Once cool, carefully spoon the tomatoes into a tray to serve.
TipThe oil can and should be re-used for dressings, marinades and cooking. As it contains juices from the tomatoes, pour into a clean jar and keep in the fridge (it will go cloudy but will become clear again at room temperature). Use within 3 months.
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