What to do with all those tomatoes?!? Recipes…

23 Jun

If you’re like me and have a whole bunch of ripe tomatoes and don’t have any good ideas, I’ve got a few yummy (and easy) recipes for you! Of course, I was a spaz and forgot to take pictures of some of my recipes, so please forgive me. Firstly, I want to give a shout out to my oldie but goodie recipe, homemade pizza. (<-Click link for recipe) This recipe for (semi) homemade pizza is delicious and when using fresh tomatoes it adds that much more pizzaz.

BLT – Now who doesn’t love a BLT? The bacon adds a salty crunch and fresh tomatoes give the sandwich so much flavor! I like to add a bit more to my BLT than just bacon, lettuce, and tomato…I like to add avocado and when I toast the bread I put just a little bit of butter on it. Once it’s nice and toasted, I add a small layer of mayo, top with lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and bacon. If I’m feeling crazy I like to add turkey to this sandwich too.

Tomato, motz & basil salad – This is one of my FAVORITES and if it’s on a menu, you can bet I’ll be ordering it! I really like to slice my tomatoes in half (right now only my cherry tomatoes are ripe), then I cut up some fresh motzarella into similar sized pieces and lastly I take a few leaves of my fresh basil and rip them into small pieces and put all over tomatoes & motz. I add some salt & pepper and then I make a balsalmic reduction sauce. This is the piece de resistance if you will and totally makes the dish. All you need to do is take some balsalmic vinegar and pour it into a pot on the stove. Cooking it at about medium to medium low you want it to just be simmering. I add a little sugar to it and let it reduce for a good 10ish minutes. (I usually put this on the stove to reduce and then prepare the tomatoes/motzarella so it’s ready by the time I have everything else ready). You can taste it to see if it’s done. It will be sweet with just a little bit of bite to it. Or you can stir it and see how easily it drips off the spoon. You want to let it simmer until it is syrupy. Once it has a nice thick consistency, pour it over everything and enjoy!

And just because there are some awesome tomato recipes out there, I wanted to share a few that sound great! I haven’t tried any of these yet but if you do, let me know how they are. 😉

Fried Green Tomatoes at Cajunlicious. This is a pretty good site if you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out! Do you think these (left) would make good fried green tomatoes? I’m a little nervous to try…I’ve never made fried green tomatoes before but I’ve got plenty of green tomatoes!

Green Tomato Relish from allrecipes.com. Looks interesting. I think I’m drawn to the green tomato recipes since I’ve never made anything with green tomatoes before.

And one last recipe for Double Tomato Bruscetta (from allrecipes.com). This looks super tasty and easy to make. Bruscetta is one of those things you really can’t mess up! Get some tasty bread and top it with whatever you have and it’s most likely to be a success. =) This recipe calls for lots of tomatoes and would be a great hit to a summer bbq. Hope you’ve enjoyed these recipes and happy cooking!

8 Responses to “What to do with all those tomatoes?!? Recipes…”

  1. lisaweidknecht@hotmail.com June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

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  3. nicole feliciano June 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Yum! I am a tomato fanatic and make a very similar salad all summer long. I found you from Paisley Passion–I adore food linkies–so much inspiration. I hope you get a chance to link up this fab recipe over at Friday Food on Momtrends:


  4. Rachel July 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    that salad looks ridiculously good. i just got back from a very filling lunch and i’m still drooling! thanks for the recipe, and thanks for linking up to the swap!

  5. bobbie July 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    I wish I had the problem of too many tomotos! I keep saying Im putting in a little garden but then dont do it.

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      =) You can always try a patio tomato plant, that way you don’t have to dig in the ground and make an actual garden. Ours did really well this year, I think because we put them in containers that looked HUGE at first but the tomatoes really grew into them. 🙂

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