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#1 Post by J a y H a c k » August 30th, 2020, 5:42 pm

I went peach picking today with some friends and they had a tomato "alternative," so after we finished with peaches, nectarines and apples, we bought an empty flat to fill with tomatoes. When we got back to our cars, my friends didn't want very many tomatoes, so I ended up with way too many. All sorts of tomatoes, except for plum paste tomatoes, which we passed on. Red heirlooms, yellow heirlooms, green stripe tomatoes, and all sorts of cherry tomatoes, from yellow pear to purple top to orange, to red. I will make gazpacho but that only goes so far. I can't use them for pizza and the like - can't handle the carbs and tomatoes have enough by themselves. I think I will convert a tomato and onion tart into a fritatta, but I'm tapped out after that. Anyone have any favorites, except for just eating them raw, which I did plenty of today.
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#2 Post by T Welch » August 30th, 2020, 5:52 pm

Sauce for eggplant, veal or chicken parmigiana?
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#3 Post by Victor Hong » August 30th, 2020, 6:43 pm

Tomato juice.
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#4 Post by Alex N » August 30th, 2020, 7:02 pm

There are some dishes that are only as good as those great tomatoes -
BLT "season" and it's right now with those heirlooms
Ceviche with various heirlooms, evenly diced and salted, let to sit in a strainer to remove the extra water. If you can get fresh CA white sea bass, even better.
Tomato Tart (with puff pastry and mustard, herbs de provence) and rose
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#5 Post by TimF » August 30th, 2020, 8:02 pm

Alex N wrote:
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There are some dishes that are only as good as those great tomatoes -
BLT "season" and it's right now with those heirlooms
Ceviche with various heirlooms, evenly diced and salted, let to sit in a strainer to remove the extra water. If you can get fresh CA white sea bass, even better.
Tomato Tart (with puff pastry and mustard, herbs de provence) and rose
Panzanella
I had a BLT the other day that was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life. Great bread, thick crispy bacon and a tomato picked immediately before making the sandwich.
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#6 Post by M Matthews » August 30th, 2020, 8:42 pm

Tomato salads (caprese, tomato with feta and cucumber), salsa, a fresh tonato pasta sauce, shashuka, succotash
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Can or ferment them if you can't use them all.
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#8 Post by Lee Short » August 30th, 2020, 11:05 pm

Make a salad with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced bresaola, arugula, thin-sliced shallot, S&P, good olive oil

Smoke some, drain very well, and make salsa with 50/50 fresh/smoked. Be sure to keep the drained broth; fantastic as tortellini en brodo -- very nice if you can splurge for the carbs in even a half-dozen cheese tortellini.

Smoke some beefsteaks, top with a thin slice of fresh mozz and olive oil, and eat. Or smoke, drain, and freeze the sauce.

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#9 Post by Victor Hong » August 31st, 2020, 4:24 am

Linda Baehr wrote:
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Can or ferment them if you can't use them all.
Tomato wine?
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#10 Post by TimF » August 31st, 2020, 5:25 am

Lee Short wrote:
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Make a salad with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced bresaola, arugula, thin-sliced shallot, S&P, good olive oil

Smoke some, drain very well, and make salsa with 50/50 fresh/smoked. Be sure to keep the drained broth; fantastic as tortellini en brodo -- very nice if you can splurge for the carbs in even a half-dozen cheese tortellini.

Smoke some beefsteaks, top with a thin slice of fresh mozz and olive oil, and eat. Or smoke, drain, and freeze the sauce.
Please share about the smoking process. Sliced, whole? How long and what temp?
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#11 Post by cjsavino » August 31st, 2020, 6:00 am

I have plans to make these soon, middle eastern lamb stuffed tomatoes

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food ... yle-101411
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#12 Post by D Zurcher » August 31st, 2020, 9:12 am

Caprese Salad!

Sliced tomatoes
Burrata or Mozzarella
Basil leaves
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Salt and Pepper
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#13 Post by Lee Short » August 31st, 2020, 9:33 am

TimF wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 5:25 am
Lee Short wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 11:05 pm
Make a salad with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced bresaola, arugula, thin-sliced shallot, S&P, good olive oil

Smoke some, drain very well, and make salsa with 50/50 fresh/smoked. Be sure to keep the drained broth; fantastic as tortellini en brodo -- very nice if you can splurge for the carbs in even a half-dozen cheese tortellini.

Smoke some beefsteaks, top with a thin slice of fresh mozz and olive oil, and eat. Or smoke, drain, and freeze the sauce.
Please share about the smoking process. Sliced, whole? How long and what temp?
Whole, definitely. The tomatoes will end up very soft, they'd be a big mushy mess if you sliced them.

I usually go for about 4 hours at 250 F, but they are very forgiving, both in terms of time and temp. I've had good results with as short as 2 hours at 300-325 if I was pressed for time. I've heard great things about slow-roasted tomatoes in the oven, so I've been meaning to try a smoke at 200 for 8-10 hours, just haven't done it yet.

The tomatoes will give off a bunch of flavorful liquid in the smoking process, so you'll want to capture that. I put the tomatoes in a large enameled cast iron skillet with a rack over the top to keep the tomatoes elevated. I pile the tomatoes as high as I can get them to go. I usually get just short of 10 pounds piled up. No point in doing any less than capacity -- just puree any leftovers, add salt, and freeze as sauce.

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#14 Post by Michael S. Monie » August 31st, 2020, 10:10 am

Corn Maque Choux and/or Smothered Okra.
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#15 Post by John Davis » August 31st, 2020, 10:57 am

Tomato Bread: good bread (toasted), a bit of anchovy paste, sliced tomato(es), sliced onion, mozzarella cheese, a bit of olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Put under broiler to melt cheese, finish with basil chiffonade, and pepper.

You can add prosciutto and/or sliced chicken breast if you want more protein. It makes a solid side dish, first course or appetizer.
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#16 Post by Victor Hong » August 31st, 2020, 11:31 am

John Davis wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 10:57 am
Tomato Bread: good bread (toasted), a bit of anchovy paste, sliced tomato(es), sliced onion, mozzarella cheese, a bit of olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Put under broiler to melt cheese, finish with basil chiffonade, and pepper.

You can add prosciutto and/or sliced chicken breast if you want more protein. It makes a solid side dish, first course or appetizer.
The carbohydrates might deter the OP.
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#17 Post by Robert R » August 31st, 2020, 11:38 am

Sliced, peeled tomatoes on white bread with a thin coat of mayo...and cut off the crust!!
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#18 Post by Betty C » August 31st, 2020, 12:57 pm

Chinese tomato egg - lots of recipes online.

Peach and tomato salsa - add red onion, and a jalapeño. Season with splash of lemon juice and cayenne if you want spicier.
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#19 Post by Bdklein » August 31st, 2020, 4:21 pm

Create your own tomato throwing event amongst your friends since the annual one in Spain was canceled this year .
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#20 Post by George Hejna » August 31st, 2020, 4:23 pm

Uncooked tomato sauce is the way to go with the summer's best tomatoes.

I am sure there are recipes online but it is very simple.

Chop up tomatoes put in a bowl
Add fresh garlic - better more than not enough
Add some red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
EVOO - not a lot.

Do this in the AM and let it come together in the fridge.

Cook some pasta. While pasta is still hot dress with sauce, freshly grated pecorino and basil if you want.

Stunning with great tomatoes.

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#21 Post by Scott Brunson » August 31st, 2020, 6:10 pm

Slow roast for hours.
Great umami bomb for tons of other recipes.
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#22 Post by Paul Miller » August 31st, 2020, 6:21 pm

We made a tomato pie tonight that sucked big time. But the wine was good.

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#23 Post by J a y H a c k » August 31st, 2020, 6:46 pm

Today we made fresh bruschetta with the tomatoes, basil from out back yard and chopped onions on top of thin lightly breaded (home made low carb bread crumbs) chicken cutlets. Excellent. I really like the idea of above of lamb stuffed tomatoes with matzoh meal, in honor of my mother, whose Yartzeit is tomorrow. I will have no carbs all day to forgive the matzoh meal.
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#24 Post by alan weinberg » August 31st, 2020, 9:43 pm

Scott Brunson wrote:
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Slow roast for hours.
Great umami bomb for tons of other recipes.
+1. I also like slicing them and adding olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

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#25 Post by Linda Baehr » August 31st, 2020, 10:47 pm

Victor Hong wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 4:24 am
Linda Baehr wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Can or ferment them if you can't use them all.
Tomato wine?
Not exactly.

You can lacto ferment tomatoes and then use them in place of cooked tomato, or add a portion of them to other fresh tomatoes for an umami boost.

At the end of lacto ferm, place the tomatoes in a strainer with cheesecloth to drain overnight. The fermented tomatoes will last quite a while in the fridge, and the juice you have drained off can be used in place of water in cooking for a flavor boost, or you can use it in sauces or dressings.
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#26 Post by Scott Brunson » September 1st, 2020, 3:33 am

Linda Baehr wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 10:47 pm
Victor Hong wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 4:24 am
Linda Baehr wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Can or ferment them if you can't use them all.
Tomato wine?
Not exactly.

You can lacto ferment tomatoes and then use them in place of cooked tomato, or add a portion of them to other fresh tomatoes for an umami boost.

At the end of lacto ferm, place the tomatoes in a strainer with cheesecloth to drain overnight. The fermented tomatoes will last quite a while in the fridge, and the juice you have drained off can be used in place of water in cooking for a flavor boost, or you can use it in sauces or dressings.
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#27 Post by Victor Hong » September 1st, 2020, 4:26 am

Scott Brunson wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 3:33 am
Linda Baehr wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 10:47 pm
Victor Hong wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 4:24 am


Tomato wine?
Not exactly.

You can lacto ferment tomatoes and then use them in place of cooked tomato, or add a portion of them to other fresh tomatoes for an umami boost.

At the end of lacto ferm, place the tomatoes in a strainer with cheesecloth to drain overnight. The fermented tomatoes will last quite a while in the fridge, and the juice you have drained off can be used in place of water in cooking for a flavor boost, or you can use it in sauces or dressings.
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#28 Post by Brian Tuite » September 1st, 2020, 6:00 am

Scott Brunson wrote:
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#29 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 1st, 2020, 8:49 am

Gazpacho!

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#30 Post by Dave McIsaac » September 1st, 2020, 12:09 pm

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
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Gazpacho!
Just made some using Nola's MIL's recipe - delish!!!

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#31 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 1st, 2020, 1:00 pm

Dave McIsaac wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 12:09 pm
Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
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Gazpacho!
Just made some using Nola's MIL's recipe - delish!!!

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=172367&p=3053061&hi ... o#p3053061
Nola's recipe is fantastic! My favorite. Thank you for linking it.

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#32 Post by J a y H a c k » September 1st, 2020, 1:33 pm

cjsavino wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 6:00 am
I have plans to make these soon, middle eastern lamb stuffed tomatoes

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food ... yle-101411
I am making this tonight. May use basil instead of mint if I can't find mint.
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#33 Post by M Passo » September 1st, 2020, 4:02 pm

I use phyllo shells/cups and place a small amount of mascarpone cheese, topped with basil chiffonade and heirloom tomato piece. Top with flaked salt and baked briefly. One bite bliss. Got from Mark Bittman's old column that I altered.
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#34 Post by cjsavino » September 1st, 2020, 4:05 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 1:33 pm
cjsavino wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 6:00 am
I have plans to make these soon, middle eastern lamb stuffed tomatoes

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food ... yle-101411
I am making this tonight. May use basil instead of mint if I can't find mint.
Report back in the results.
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#35 Post by Rick Bollig » September 1st, 2020, 4:23 pm

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#36 Post by J a y H a c k » September 1st, 2020, 5:26 pm

This is before. I forgot to photograph after cooking. Ignore the black fry pan. I just used it for the photo.
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PS - we really liked them with no variations from the recipe except I threw in a little Ras el Hanout. Very little.
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#37 Post by Mike Evans » September 2nd, 2020, 9:16 am

I haven’t tried this, but it checks the tomato and low carb boxes and looks like a great use for Nola’s fantastic Ventresca: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/202 ... salad.html.

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#38 Post by Jason T » September 2nd, 2020, 2:54 pm

Linda Baehr wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Can or ferment them if you can't use them all.
I just started doing this two weeks ago. Oh my, heaven. A bit more sour and acidic. Much more depth. Concentration of tomato paste without the “cooked” flavour.

I started fermenting 3 more batches last weekend- should be ready this.
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#39 Post by Linda Baehr » September 2nd, 2020, 3:28 pm

Jason T wrote:
September 2nd, 2020, 2:54 pm
Linda Baehr wrote:
August 30th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Can or ferment them if you can't use them all.
I just started doing this two weeks ago. Oh my, heaven. A bit more sour and acidic. Much more depth. Concentration of tomato paste without the “cooked” flavour.

I started fermenting 3 more batches last weekend- should be ready this.
I made a fermented tomato/watermelon salsa last week that was so good I just wanted to drink it.
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#40 Post by Jim Stewart » September 3rd, 2020, 6:26 am

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#41 Post by Michae1 P0wers » September 3rd, 2020, 7:40 am

When I used to have more tomatoes than I knew what do do with, I would make tomato jam, slow cooking them down with some sugar and a touch of vinegar, a touch of crushed red pepper and of course salt and pepper. Goes great with homemade ricotta or some other cheese on crackers or good bread.

For the little ones, BA has a good recipe to blister them in a cast iron skillet and, similar to the above, serve them with ricotta and basil on toasted good quality bread.

I also like to top homemade sourdough slices, toasted, with smashed avocado, baba ganoush, sliced tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, red peppers or Calabrian chili paste.

Also used to make fresh salsa and reserve the spicy, seasoned, excess tomato liquid for Bloody Mary's, Micheladas, and to drizzle on raw oysters.

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#42 Post by scamhi » September 3rd, 2020, 9:11 am

https://app.ckbk.com/recipe/marc71032c0 ... and-capers
this is a great Marcella Hazan recipe of stuffed tomatoes with fresh salmon filet
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#43 Post by Bryce K » September 3rd, 2020, 11:19 am

FYI, a tomato water martini is revelatory - I cut tomatoes into wedges, salt heavily, and let sit in a strainer over a bowl, shaking now and then, for at least 30 minutes.
3 oz gin or vodka, 1 oz dry vermouth, 0.5 oz tomato water.

I roasted the left-over tomato husks to make a salty tapanade/tomato jam that is great on toasted baguette rubbed with olive oil and garlic.
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