Summer Fest: Tasty Takes on 6 Types of Summer Tomatoes
Our season-long garden party Summer Fest 2012 welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Fresh this week: tomatoes.
Tomatoes are at their seasonal peak. There are thousands of varieties of the bright, juicy and incredibly versatile fruit. We've narrowed down the list to our favorite ways to prepare six of them:
A sweet and savory combination of heirloom tomatoes, watermelon and feta cheese makes for a Refreshing Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad (pictured above). Use heirlooms in all colors and sizes to get the most pop on your plate.
Simmer tomatoes and zucchini for this Supper of Tomatoes, Zucchini and Basil that requires just five ingredients. Sop up the combination with a piece of crusty bread.
Use medium-sized tomatoes for Chuck Hughes' Tomato Cheese Tart. Cover filo dough with Swiss cheese and top with sliced tomatoes and thyme leaves before baking until the crust is browned.
Unripe tomatoes are the key ingredient to this classic, Fried Green Tomatoes, since they'll keep their crunchiness. These salty-sweet tomatoes are coated in buttermilk and panko crumbs and then fried to crispy perfection.
Grape tomatoes are known for their sweetness, making them a delicious part of this Potato, Tomato, Corn and Basil Salad. There's no need to cook them; just toss with the potatoes and their flavor will really shine.
Make a fresh Tomato Salsa with plum tomatoes, jalapenos, lime and olive oil. It's an easy, blender-friendly dip that will take just a few minutes to prepare.
Virtually Homemade: Spaghetti With Tomatoes, Prosciutto and Fresh Corn
What's Gaby Cooking: Chicken Kebabs With Romesco Sauce
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Salmon Spaghetti With Plum Tomatoes and Avocado
Feed Me Phoebe: Roasted Fresh Tomato Puttanesca Sauce
Delicious Lean: Creamy Light Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
Daily*Dishin: Spicy Tomato-Tomatillo Chicken Tenders
And Love It Too: Roasted Garlic, Basil and Tomato Paleo Tart
Zaika Zabardast: Grilled Tofu and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sandwich
Thursday Night Dinner: Tomato and Watermelon Salad
Minimize weeknight, last-minute fuss with a well-stocked pantry. Here's what to have on-hand.