8.03.2010

Tomato Recipes and Ideas

It is full blown tomato season. They are practically falling off the vine, rolling down the grass and into my kitchen. What to do with all that bounty? For the next week or so I’ll be looking at different ways to preserve and prepare tomatoes. I’ll show you how to hot water can whole tomatoes and tomato sauce, make caprese pizza (fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes), bake a tomato and goat cheese tart and how to use your oven or a food dehydrator to make sun dried tomatoes.   Look forward to some excellent tomato recipes and ideas starting tomorrow. 

But first I want to hear from you, what are your favorite recipes for summer tomatoes? Do you preserve them for the winter months or savor them when they are in season?

Here's what I've got for ideas - click to find the recipe:


The Ultimate Summer Sandwich BLT - Summer Recipe

 




 




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41 comments:

  1. Add some Italian salad dressing to some sliced to tomatoes and cucumbers for a fresh and fast summer delight.

    Salsa. I make it towards the end of summer each year when all of the ingrediants are fresh and abundant.

    Jason

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  2. Can't wait to see what you do with them! My grape and sun sugar tomatoes keep producing, but the plum has yet to ripen. The early girl gave me a few.
    I love making caprese crostini and a tomato and cheese tart.

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  3. I like to sun dry and freeze my tomatoes. I sadly have too small a garden to produce as much produce as i'd like to preserve. One day i'll can! For now i live in texas, land of heat and stink bugs thwarting my efforts. It may be the thick of tomato season for YOU, but here i'm in the midst of a tomato drought, waiting for the second round.

    lately i'm loving roasting the tomatoes best. made a 'tabouli' a la miranda with roasted tomatoes and eggplant. GOOD.

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  4. Can't wait! I def savor them in season. I love to make tomato pomodoro sauce spread it on some whole wheat pizza dough with fresh mozzarella and through it on the grill. Delish!!!

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  5. My mom's garden is bursting with tomatoes so I just made a caprese galette. It was incredible! I have plenty of tomatoes, basil and mozzarella around, so I look forward to seeing your caprese pizza recipe.

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  6. I make chutney will post one soon and love to use them right away in salads curries

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  7. Right now I love fresh tomatoes with any sort of chicken salad, although I'd love to learn how to make a better caprese salad.

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  8. passata! And just a simple tomato salad

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  9. I like to serve them cut in half with a big ball of burrata mozzarella on top. Basil leaves gently tossed about. A few cranks of fresh black pepper. Coarse sea salt generously seasoning the tomatoes. And a drizzle of really unfiltered, premium olive oil. Simple, but delicious. When you break into the burrata and the fresh cream spills out onto the tomatoes and mixes with the herbs and olive oil, you will be in heaven.

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  10. i say vegetable soup with tomato, potato and carrots! :)


    have a fabulous day!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  11. Tomatoes are my favorite food, so you'll find me just popping them in my mouth. Love bruschetta, caprese salads, tossing them in pasta. I think they make a nice addition to lasagna or eggplant parmesan. They're great to stuff with quinoa and turkey.

    The thing I do the most with them is cut them up with cucumber & a little italian dressing. I've been eating this at least once weekly for years.

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  12. There's nothing like a glass of cold, refreshing gazpacho on a hot summer day!

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  13. Honestly? I'm happy with thick sliced garden tomatoes with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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  14. Personally? I have a tomato pie recipe that I use in tomato season that is absolutely to die for! I will have to post it soon and share. It is a really hearty and healthy meal. Honestly, all you need to have with it is a small salad and it is a great meal. :-)

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  15. BLT!! Best with garden tomatoes! I just became of a follower of your blog. I love to see what other Hoosiers are cooking!

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  16. We usually eat our garden tomatoes as fried green tomatoes when they are not yet ripe. Once they are ripe, we throw them in salads and on pizza. Not much preserving going on over here, but that's interesting...!

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  17. I like to roast them, make sauces, vinaigrettes, bruschetta topping, stuff them, make tomato sandwiches, etc...

    I'll be back to see what you do.

    Ed @ www.WeeekendChowDown.com

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  18. Make extra tomato sauce and freeze it for homemade fresh sauce in the winter...also I LOVE stuffed tomatoes (instead of stuffed peppers) filled with quinoa and spices. Delish.

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  19. I make a southwest-inspired gazpacho--tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatillos, onion and chipotle. Delish!

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  20. Look up bread salad in your Cooks Illustrated Best Recipes cookbook. You will not regret it!

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  21. Love to make fresh salsa using the tomatoes and fresh herbs from the garden. I also like to dry them and save for winter.

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  22. I don't know Clarissa, bread salad sounds wierd. But I'll look it up, just for you. And also because Cook's Illustrated is my go to cook book and I haven't tried a bad recipe yet.

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  23. You know what is funny? I used to HATE tomatoes. And I still hate those terrible anemic ones you get sometimes at restaurants. But summer tomatoes warm from the vine?
    Yum!
    I like to roast mine with garlic and olive oil and salt, toss with pasta or eat on a salad or use on pizza.

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  24. Slow roasting cherry Romas and then tossing them with olive oil, basil and pasta!!!!!!!

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  25. my favorite tomato recipe in the summer is to pick it off the plant on a hot day and eat it--juice and seeds exploding as i bite into the hot skin...YUM!

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  26. Several favorite things to do - a grilled cheese with pesto and tomatoes, a plain tomato sandwich (just tomatoes, good mayo on homemade bread), salsa, pizza, and homemade sauce. I love to just eat them off the vine though. Warm from the sun. So does my son. I wish I could do that right now but we don't have any ripe ones yet. Maybe by next month. We planted late this year and we've had a weird summer - the beginning was way too hot (which tomatoes don't like) and now we keep getting rain.

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  27. Sugar bush tomatoes right off the vine.

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  28. Truly, I love eating my tomatoes straight with a little salt.

    If not that way, then as bruschetta or caprese salad.

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  29. Thanks for the fab recipes. I have been a gardener for years but still learning my way around the kitchen.

    Before I never had time for cooking or doing anything "difficult" with fresh food. Now I find that cooking and baking relaxes me and I am on the hunt for recipes and ideas for using all my veggies that I harvest.

    I always have tons of tomatoes that I usually just give away. This year I decided I wanted to do something with them. SO I have printed out your salsa recipe, the sun dreid tomato in olive oil recipe, the sauce recipe, and the over sun dried tomato directions. Keeping my fingers crossed that they work.

    Thanks for the great content. I added you to blog reading list.

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  30. All of these tomato dishes look fabulous! I'm roasting tomatoes for a tomato goat cheese tart for dinner as we speak!

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  31. I'm so excited - I can't wait. I love your sundried tomato and basil jars. I love getting the "ugly" tomatoes and jarring marinara sauce. Great to have around for the rest of the year.

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  32. WOW - that is a tomato extravaganza! Great ideas!! Love the sundried tomatoes. Enjoy your weekend!

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  33. Love all the tomato posts together. I've got a bunch ripening on my window sill. I usually freeze them, but I've got to learn how to do the canning. Looks so easy.

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  34. So many different tomatoes recipe! Yum. I shall come back for them during summer.

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  35. Tomato season is easily my favorite. I love all the variations you have!

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  36. I'm in tomato heaven! So many beautiful recipes compiled in one place. Love it! The salsa and bruschetta are my favorite.

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  37. Wow, that sure is tomato heaven!! Great recipes! We just love anything tomato!!

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  38. Kathy 9/24/20129/24/2012

    Tomato gravy is our favorite..First of all, bake a cake of cornbread 350@ for 25-30 minutes, and then, while that is baking, start on the gravy. Saute 1/2 cup diced (skinned or not) tomatoes, with a pinch of salt added, in melted margarine(1/2 tsp.) I use a small cast-iron skillet. I make my milk gravy in the microwave..start by putting 1/2 cup vegetable oil in 2quart glass bowl (I use a glass pyrex mixing bowl). Heat the oil for about one minute on high..take out..add 1/2 cup self-rising flour; 1/2 tsp. salt: pinch of black pepper; whisk real well; then add 1 1/2 cups milk (I use skim)..whisk well again..put back in microwave on high for 2 minutes..whisk again; cook & whisk every 2 minutes (total 10 minutes). As gravy thickens, add 1/2 cup milk (more, if needed) to keep from getting too thick. Add sauted tomatoes to milk gravy; stir; put back in microwave for 2 minutes more. Keep gravy in microwave to stay warm until cornbread is ready. Crumble a wedge of cornbread on your plate..cover with tomato gravy..enjoy!! Not the healthist, but wonderful if you like tomatoes and cornbread.

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    1. OMG I am reduced to a teenager with a texting plan. I must try this! I love cornbread and everything tomato. I have never heard of tomato gravy! Thanks

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