Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, and More Tomatoes

My father-in-law has the most amazing garden where one of the many things that he grows are the tastiest tomatoes you'll ever have...they're so good that you can eat them like apples.  We don't live too close, so when we see him, he stocks us up with a BIG supply, so we've had to get creative on how to eat them so we don't waste them.  If you don't like tomatoes, then you haven't had a good one!  Here are 5 of our favorite tomato recipes thus far.

Fresh Tomatoes & Cheese on Bread
This is my husband's favorite midnight snack.  The picture doesn't quite do it justice.

  • Slice of bread (we like Trader Joe's' par baked Artisan bread, but French bread will do as well)
  • Fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh Mozzarella log, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh basil, optional
Place slice of bread on plate. Sprinkle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (or if you're like my husband, you might want to add the olive oil on top of the tomatoes instead).  Layer with tomato slices.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Layer with mozzarella slices.  If you'd like you can add a leaf or 2 of fresh basil.

Fresh Mozzarella Ball & Tomato Salad

  • Fresh small Mozzarella balls, halved (or cubed fresh mozzarella log)
  • Grape tomatoes, halved (or if you have Roma tomatoes from your garden, they're great sliced)
  • Garlic salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • Balsamic Vinegar, to taste
  • Fresh basil, to taste
Mix all ingredients and serve.

Tomato Sandwich
I had one today and it was SO good!

  • Bread, sliced
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Avocado, sliced (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Armenian cucumbers, sliced (optional, but gives a great crunch!)
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Spread mayonnaise and mustard on bread slices.  On one slice of bread, layer with sliced mozzarella.  If desired, layer with avocado, basil, and/or Armenian cucumber slices.  Layer with sliced tomatoes.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  If desired, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Top with remaining bread slice.  Eat with caution - it's delicious and messy!

Artichoke & Tomato Salad

  • 1 can artichoke hearts in water, quartered
  • Fresh tomatoes cut into bite size chunks
  • Italian salad dressing
Mix all ingredients and enjoy!

Fried Green Tomatoes
These are great at the end of tomato season when the tomatoes just don't quite cut it.  Pick them before they turn red and they are delicious!  I had never heard of them before (just the movie), but my mother-in-law makes them and I could seriously eat an entire plate myself.

  • Green tomatoes (unripe tomatoes), sliced
  • Seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Eggs, beaten
  • Cooking Oil (I prefer Olive Oil)
Mix breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper in pie dish (or any shallow dish).  In another shallow dish, beat eggs.  Warm up skillet with some oil.  Dip tomato slices in egg, then coat with breadcrumb mix.  Place in skillet.  Cook until both sides are golden brown and tomatoes have softened.  Serve warm.

Julie R.

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