Nothing screams summer like a garden fresh tomato, and this year my garden is overflowing with tomatoes. I almost can’t keep up.
In our kitchen, I was surrounded by tomatoes from my garden, so I had to create a few new recipes, as well as make some of my tried and true.
I’ve loved Tomato Pie all of my life. A staple in its own right, but for some reason I have never made my own. Until now. There are variations of toppings for tomato pie, whether its using ricotta cheese, or a cheese / mayo mixture. Both have their virtues, but my favorite is with the cheese and mayo mixture. It’s rich and compliments the tomatoes like no other. This recipe is a little time consuming, (a little over an hour, all in) but oh, so worth it! Tomato Pie can be served warm or at room temperature. Either way, it’s delicious. Click the picture for the recipe.
On a hot summer day, a bowl of Gazpacho hits the spot. This chilled soup is a garden in a bowl. I puree the ingredients first, then push through a fine strainer for the smoothest broth. Then, I add back in diced ingredients to give the Gazpacho a crisp bite. Sublime. Click the picture for the recipe.
Tomato jam has been on my “to create” list for a couple years now, and since I was still left with two pounds of tomatoes, there was no better time like the present. I upped the ante and added bacon and bourbon. O. M. G. I’ve got to toot my own horn here. This Tomato Bacon Bourbon Jam is to die for. Toot! Toot! Served on a cracker or a chunk of bread, this is perfect to serve while entertaining, or while hanging out on your porch with a glass of wine. Delish! Click the photo for the recipe.
And in the tomato tried and true’s, here are some of my classics that completely hold their own. Give them a try, too!