We went tomato picking on Monday. Did you even know that was a thing? Apparently it is, and it's the best. idea. ever! $1.49/pound for all you can pick, way cheaper than the farmer's market or the grocery store.
Soooo in honor of the 10+ pounds we picked, here are some ideas for how to use that abundance!
Do you see those buckets? They're each 3/4 full of delicious, mostly ripe cherry tomatoes! If you go picking, get a lot of almost-ripe ones too, since the ripe ones tend to split on the way home and will need to be used immediately. The unripe ones can be set aside to ripen in a few days and are a little sturdier.
Dump them in the sink with a cup of vinegar and 10 cups of water, and let them sit for a while before you start sorting. I took all the split ones and set them aside for immediate eating/cooking.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic
Cut a few cups of those babies in half! Have you seen the trick where you put them between two lids? Not the most uniform/prettiest, but if you're cooking them anyway this is SO much faster than cutting each one individually! I use a serrated knife to make sure I get through the skin without smushing them.
Place them on a baking sheet with a few cloves of garlic and half an onion, cut into wedges.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Bake for 2 hours at 300 degrees, stirring every once in a while (I did low and slow because if I had tried high, I would have gotten caught up nursing a baby and they would have burned!).
Eat them straight, as a pasta topper, puree them and can for AMAZING pasta sauce, or use them in a roasted cherry tomato soup (just sub them in for canned tomatoes in this recipe).
Use that slicing trick again and some fresh corn and make this delicious corn and tomato salad. It was even better as leftovers the next day!
Pair them with feta and fresh oregano for a tasty side dish!
Slice them in half and use them to top a pizza - I love them on flatbread with fresh mozzarella, basil, and just a little olive oil and salt drizzled on top.
Well, this isn't one of my favorites... But when I heard the infectious giggles coming from the playroom, I had to check it out:
Looks like he's just eating the tomatoes, right?
Ah yes, he has discovered the explosive power of those seeds!
Of course, Cecilia had to follow suit...
I couldn't help but laugh and grab the camera! They had a stern talking-to afterwards, though!
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