Monday, August 15, 2011

what to do with all those tomatoes....

when we planted 10 tomato plants (remember, we are first-timers), we didn't realize it was a little over-kill. good thing tomatoes are so diverse.
this bowl full of tomatoes is about the 20th bowl we've had this season! they just keep coming.
and coming.
and coming.

Here are some things I've done with these ruby-red beauties....
(all the while avoiding the canning process. i know i should just get brave and try it, but but but...)

make some bread, brush with olive oil. broil. top with oven-roasted tomatoes, add fresh basil, sprinkle with balsamic, top with mozzarella, broil again. 
yummy yummy yummy yummy!

Home-made fresh salsa:
wash veggies- tomato, onion, lime, garlic, cilantro, jalepeno. coursely chop with knife. pretty much just stick in a blender, and serve with chips.

Tomato Cream Sauce:
Steps 1-3. Boil about 10 small tomatoes, peel skins. Sautee onion, then garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes.
Step 4. Mush tomatoes with potato masher. Add fresh basil. Let it hang out on the stove for about 20 minutes.
Step 5. Slowly add a few tablespoons of cream, let simmer.
Step 6. Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese.
Serve with pasta and chicken. mmmm!

Cut in half, place in bowl. Add olive oil, real garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to coat. Roast at 250 for 2-3 hours.
Mix into a pasta, eat on bruschetta, put into soup, freeze... oh the possibilities!

Freeze them:
Boil. Remove skins. Mush. Freeze.

And of course, share with neighbors and friends!!!

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  1. yum!! I'm afraid of canning too, plus I feel like it kills all the good stuff. Freezing is my go-to method, I freeze EVERYTHING! Good job, green thumb!

  2. I've got about a million tomatoes right now too (another first-timer here!!). Thanks for the ideas!!

  3. Great ideas! I really like that tomato cream sauce - definitely going to try that.

  4. Awesome ideas I'm going to have to do some of them as more of my tomatoes start coming in.

  5. Mmmmm...fresh salsa and bruschetta sound amazing! I actually just posted a recipe for smoked tomatoes today...and let me tell you, they’re fantastic! When I was a kid we had tomato plants and I remember my father making the BEST homemade spaghetti sauce!

  6. This time of year everyone has an excess of tomatoes. These are tatsy looking ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Making me hungry. Thanks for the ideas - that cream sauce looks amazing.

  8. Thanks for linking up and sharing all these great ideas!

  9. Wow! You had quite the crop! I'm jealous :) My daughter could eat an entire bowl every day. Love the recipes you shared, especially the salsa!

  10. mmmm, making my mouth water at 10:30 at night....that's not good! Wish everyone else in my fam loved tomatoes as much as I do! They like things without any kind of 'chunks.'

  11. My favorite is this last one with pasta and basil. Mmmmm

  12. Great ideas! We're up to our eyeballs in tomatoes too.

  13. Love this post! You're lucky you got so many tomatoes - it was so hot here our plants pretty much died. Maybe next year! That tomato cream sauce looks amazing!

  14. You've got to try the canning thing! It's really not that hard. We planted our first garden last year and I had never canned before then. It was so easy to do. I can even do it by myself now if I have to. Last year we just used packets from WalMart for salsa, pizza sauce & spaghetti sauce. This year we decided to try a recipe for salsa. It tastes just like Tostitos. I just blanched up some tomatoes today to get them ready for some more salsa. And we've got tons more tomatoes still to come. I think we planted 1 cherry, maybe like 5 romas and then 4 or five other "big" varieties. Enjoy the remainder of this year's gardening days!


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