May 14, 2022
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Do you have a lot of tomatoes sitting on your kitchen counter after your garden harvest? Nothing says late summer quite like an abundance of fresh tomatoes. While a simple sliced tomato sprinkled with salt and pepper is always a delicious summer treat, there are also numerous other ways that you can use this harvest in your recipes.
Here are 10 of the best recipes that you can try with the bevy of tomatoes from your garden.
A big pot of fresh tomato marinara sauce is the perfect way to use up all of those tomatoes. You will love the smell of this sauce simmering on the stovetop. This versatile sauce can be poured over pasta or zucchini noodles. Or use it in your favorite lasagna recipe or as a dipping sauce for breadsticks. The rich sauce includes a variety of herbs and spices, red wine, onion, honey, and balsamic vinegar. This sauce is much healthier than the sugar-laden versions that you will find on your grocery store shelves. It also freezes beautifully if you want to double or triple the batch and save some for later.
Tomatoes also should have a place at your breakfast table. The premise of a farmer’s market breakfast bowl is to bring the freshest produce to your breakfast in one delicious bowl. In addition to tomatoes, these bowls include carrots, salad greens, beets, radishes, and soft-boiled eggs. Not only are the bowls high in antioxidants and other heart-healthy nutrients, but they also deliver a dose of protein with the eggs. The yogurt green goddess dressing brings all of the goodness together. There is no better way to start your day than with this tasty and unique creation.
The traditional Italian appetizer of bruschetta with tomato and basil is a great way to showcase the best tastes of summer. In addition to the tomatoes, the French bread is topped with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. This recipe makes a great starter to an Italian feast. Or use it along with various additional appetizers for a cocktail party or happy hour gathering. You can use nearly any variety of tomato in this forgiving recipe.
If Italian food is not your fancy, try this authentic pico de gallo recipe instead with your tomatoes. This pico recipe includes tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and jalapeno. Feel free to omit the jalapeno if you do not want the added heat. The salsa could not be easier to make. Best of all, the pico will taste even better the next day after the flavors have had time to blend together. You can serve this pico de gallo as an accompaniment for breakfast burritos, quesadillas, nachos, a topping for eggs, or just straight up with tortilla chips.
It is no secret that tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil work beautifully together. These delicious caprese skewers marry all of these flavors together for a convenient appetizer for your next gathering. After threading the three primary ingredients together on the skewer, simply drizzle them with balsamic vinegar for an explosion of flavor. You can also take this same concept and make it into a salad.
The classic panzanella salad is a fun way to use up all of those tomatoes that you have sitting around. This salad is light enough to be used as a starter course but also hearty enough to use as an entree. You can try nearly any type of tomatoes in this recipe. In fact, it will taste even better if you have a variety of tomatoes to add to the dish. You can use stale bread or bake the bread slightly so that it dries out. It is important to let the bread mixture sit for at least 30 minutes before serving so that the dressing is absorbed into the bread.
Even during the dog days of summer, there is never a bad time for a bowl of comforting cream of fresh tomato soup. You will need about four pounds of tomatoes from your garden for this recipe, making it a good use of your stockpile. If you do not have a food mill, you can use an immersion blender to cream the soup. Serve this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for a meal that will please the entire family.
Yet another recipe that brings together tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. It is hard to stay away from this flavor combination. This fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato, and basil pizza is light yet satisfying. The store-bought pizza dough makes it easy to pull together quickly. Serve this pizza with a garden salad to use up even more of your tomato haul.
Summer is also made for salads. This southwest-style cobb salad with smoky chipotle dressing is a fun take on the traditional cobb salad. This salad is chock-full of chicken, eggs, bacon, avocado, black beans, pepper jack cheese, and cherry tomatoes. But the star of the show is the smoky chipotle dressing that makes it different from a normal cobb salad. This salad makes a great addition to any potluck table.
This savory heirloom tomato and onion quiche makes a wonderful brunch item. Or serve it partnered with a green salad for a simple and healthy dinner. In addition to the juicy tomatoes, the quiche uses onions, basil, and your choice of white cheese that bakes up in a prepared pie crust. Not only does this quiche taste amazing, but it also looks beautiful on your table.
There is no greater bounty than a tomato bounty. With so many endless recipe ideas, you will have no problems using up all of these beauties for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
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