It’s tomato season! Two years ago, I posted a tomato series in which I tried to incorporate tomatoes into a dish for multiple days in a row. Not too hard at all! This summer, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the question of what to do when you have a lot of beautiful tomatoes lying around. Here are a few ideas:
Crockpot Marinara with Fresh Tomatoes
Slow cook your own marinara sauce while you’re away from home! Throw fresh tomatoes in a crockpot. Add fresh and/or dried Italians herbs + spices, roughly chopped garlic and onions, salt and pepper. Cook on low for the day (8-10 hours). Come home, stir, mix in a small can of tomato paste, blend with an immersion blender, add any other spices to taste. Mix in a dash of baking soda to cut down on the acid. I used a combination of grape tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine–about 2.5 total pounds of tomatoes–which seemed to work well with over a pound of whole grain pasta!
Check out this recipe for Roasted Tomatoes from our sweet couple friends. These tomatoes truly melt in your mouth. You can throw them on a pizza, eat them as a side to a meal, or just devour them straight out of the pan!
I am not a huge fan of Bloody Marys, but I also have not tried making the drink on my own before. I want to like it; after all, it seems like a healthier cocktail to get into! I did stumble upon a neat recipe by Lemon Thyme for a Classic Bloody Mary with real tomato juice, of course. It looks pretty intriguing, and I might just have to try it out. I also like the idea of fun rim seasonings like celery salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, old bay, etc.
Caprese Salad for a Group
When you’re trying to find a good way to display and savor a large amount of tomatoes, you can’t go wrong with making a big caprese salad. In a shallow serving dish, layer tomatoes, lots of fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella–just like you are layering a lasagna. Finish with a good balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinegar reduction sauce. Serve with a large spoon.
Thought I make fresh guacamole all the time, I don’t think I’ve ever made salsa from scratch! This recipe looks great: Homemade Fresh Salsa by Farmer’s Wife Rambles. It looks so easy, and I love the jalapeño addition!
Hope you are having a wonderful summer full of fresh tomatoes!