19 Ways To Win Tomato Season
This year, when tomato season strikes, you're totally prepared. These top-rated tomato recipes will see to that.
Rave Review: "Swiss cheese perfectly compliments the bacon, tomatoes & bell peppers." -- April Phillips
Rave Review: "An appetizer or main meal. Use any size tomatoes you want. Just make sure they are firm." -- ChefsyndiG
Eat them as an appetizer or add them to leftover pasta.
Tomato Tip: Keep fresh ripe tomatoes out of the fridge. The cold dulls their flavor. Once sliced, they can be kept in the fridge but will taste best when returned to room temperature. Place under-ripe tomatoes in paper bags to ripen.
They know fresh tomatoes in the Garden State. Garden-fresh tomatoes simmer with carrots and onions in chicken broth.
For perfect fresh tomatoes, break out buttery burrata. It's richer and creamier than fresh mozzarella.
Pepper-flavored vodka turns fresh cherry tomatoes into the Bloody Maries of finger foods.
Rave Review: "This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Serve with a side of sautéed spinach and a glass of pinot noir." -- CHEDDAR97005
Rave Review: "A light and tangy combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors." -- kimbaleelou
So fresh and delicious, and the flavors only get better overnight.
10) Oven-Dried Tomatoes
Oven-dried tomatoes are more succulent and have a sweeter, richer, deeper flavor and a softer texture than sun-dried.
Rave Review: "Sweet and savory. Try it with a grilled cheese or on scrambled eggs...you can put it on anything!" -- 3RDTIMESACHARM
A perfect sidekick for your tomato soup.
13) Dirt Salad
Try this fresh and fun tomato salad. Finely chopped mushrooms are sautéed in a little olive oil until they become earthy tasting (and looking). Then it's time for the real fake dirt component: dark rye bread.
Tomato sauce is only as good as the tomatoes that go into it. Give it a nice slow simmer, and you are in the sauce.
A simple, refreshing marinated summer salad.
Rave Review: "This is an easy, tasty, pretty way to whip up a side dish in about 1 minute. Be careful and quick with these - we want 'em blistered, not blown apart!" -- SunnyByrd
Paired with that other summer classic, fresh corn, and served with a tangy apple cider dressing.
18) Tomato Concassé
Sounds fancy and Francy, but it's really just peeled, seeded, and finely chopped tomatoes. Add to sauces, stews, soups, and chili. It's also a great base for salsas.
BONUS: Tomato Rose
Does a rose from a tomato smell as sweet? Let's find out. All you need is a sharp paring knife to accomplish this amazing yet simple trick.