You had a bumper crop of tomatoes this year, and now you are wondering what to do with them? There are many tomato recipes that you can try that use a fresh crop.
Nothing tastes as good as fresh just picked tomatoes, so try a few of these recipes to jazz up your meals.
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Before you vision hours spent over a large pot to create sauce, check this out. This is a very simple version of a pasta sauce that tastes really good.
In a saucepan, quickly sauté approximately a couple of cups of cherry tomatoes in some olive oil, for a few minutes, or when you see the skins start to split. Then add 2 minced cloves of garlic, and a pinch of fresh or dried oregano, some salt and pepper to taste, and stir until heated through. Cook up some skinny pasta and toss this quick sauce with the pasta and then top with parmesan cheese.
This makes a quick dinner. You can also use some of your bigger tomatoes for this recipe, but if you have grown lots of cherry ones, they work well in this recipe.
If yours are pretty ripe, then making soup is a great way to use them up. Here is a quick recipe.
In a pot, mix 2 cloves of minced garlic, and approximately 6 medium sized tomatoes chopped into pieces. Add 1 tablespoon of paste and 3 cups of stock, such as vegetable stock or chicken stock (you can use those bullion cubes for this)
Simmer for 1/2 hour or so and then add 1/2 cup of cream, then using a hand held blender, blend the soup in the pot, or you can put it in a blender to puree it. This tastes really creamy and great. Plus this is a pretty quick recipe.
This is a really good side dish at barbeques. This works well with those really large tomatoes you end up with when you have a bumper crop. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and cut your large tomatoes in 1/2. Scoop out the pulp. In a bowl mix together 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, 1 clove of minced garlic, a pinch of basil, and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Stuff the shells with this bread crumb mixture and then sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese. Bake in the oven for 1/2 hour until it is golden. These taste divine!
Quick Cucumber and Tomato Salad
This is really easy and quick. Chop up some fresh tomatoes and chop up some cucumber and mix in a bowl with some Greek style bottled dressing, and crumble feta cheese on top. This is really quite tasty and just takes minutes to prepare.
There are a lot of recipes that you can use your bumper crop for.
If you live in a neighborhood of gardeners, maybe consider having a veggie swap! You could swap some of your fresh ones out for someone else's cucumbers and corn. This way you all have a fresh variety of vegetables.
In the meantime, try some great tomato recipes to tempt your taste buds.