Summer is drawing to a close, which means you garden is probably giving up a ton of tomatoes right now. If you don’t have a garden, you can find pounds and pounds of tomatoes at the farmers’ market. Instead of just tossing them into a salad, think about trying one of these delicious new ways to eat tomatoes. Your taste buds will be happy and you’ll have a bunch of new meal ideas to impress your friends with. Get ready for tomato heaven with one of these ideas straight from Food Network magazine.
1. Core Big Tomatoes and Stuff Them
I love finding a huge tomato hanging on the vine in my garden. It’s tempting to just take a huge bite. If you can resist the temptation, try stuffed tomatoes. Use a sharp knife and gently remove the core and center of the tomato, leaving the bottom intact. Fill it with mozzarella cheese and basil for a tasty appetizer. Or stuff it with beans and salsa for a light lunch idea.
2. Forget the Cucumbers and Pickle Some Tomatoes
You can pretty much pickle anything you want to. You know you can do this with cucumbers, but did you know that it also works with tomatoes? Combine vinegar and water and bring to a boil. Add salt, sugar and garlic. Combine the tomatoes with some fresh dill in jars and cover with the vinegar mixture. Add crushed red pepper if you want some heat. Chill for at least 4 hours before eating the tomatoes.
3. Make Tomatoes That Taste like a Bloody Mary
Maybe it’s too early for a cocktail or you have to be alert and aware. It can be really hard to resist the lure of a Bloody Mary, but you don’t have to anymore once you know how to make this tasty appetizer/salad. All you have to do is season fresh tomatoes with a dash of celery salt and some hot sauce and you’re ready for some good eating!
4. Make Pesto for Your Crusty Bread
If you like bruschetta, you’ll love tomato pesto. To make it, combine olive oil, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and nuts in the blender until you have a smooth paste. Spread it on your bread and then season the pesto with salt and pepper. You will not be sorry, I promise!
5. Muddle Tomatoes for Your New Favorite Cocktail
If it is happy hour, you’re in luck because tomatoes make a delicious addition to a couple of different cocktails. Combine them with watermelon, mint, lime and vodka for a refreshing and surprising drink that will have everyone talking. Or muddle some tomatoes with vodka and use the mixture to make a tasty riff on the classic Bloody Mary. Yum!
6. Stack Them up
Slice large tomatoes into thick slices and you have the makings for a delicious and pretty salad. Alternate the slices with roasted eggplant, zucchini, rounds of fresh mozzarella or simply mix and match yellow, green and red tomatoes. Drizzle the entire thing with olive oil and flavor with salt and black pepper. This makes a great presentation for your first course at a dinner party and makes your average office lunch just a bit more exciting.
7. Smother Tomato Slices in Pomegranate Seeds and Feta
When this is waiting for you, mealtime will be something to get excited about. All you have to do is smother some fresh tomato slices with olive oil, then scatter them with pomegranate seeds and fresh crumbled feta cheese. Add some mint leaves for flavor and color. Make a lot because everyone is going to want some of this salad.
What’s your favorite way to eat tomatoes? Do you grow them in your garden or buy them at the store. Which of these ideas are you most excited to try?