Tomatoes Recipes

2.5 lbs. tomatoes, peeled and seeded
¾ cup cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop tomatoes and heat them in a pot over medium-low heat until they reach a simmer. Stir in the cream, bring back to a simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serves 4.

2 tbls butter or olive oil
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 small, or ½ large zucchini, chopped
1 pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
¾ lb. tomatoes (about 1.5 cups), chopped
¼ cup basil, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat the butter or olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Sauté onion until just soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add zucchini, bell pepper and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes until zucchini is softening. Stir in tomatoes and basil and cook, stirring occasionally until sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. This sauce goes excellently over pasta, baked or grilled fish, or meatballs. If putting it over meatballs you can add ¼ cup beef stock to the sauce when you add the tomatoes, and cook it down slightly longer to evaporate some of the extra liquid. This deepens the flavor wonderfully.

Fresh tomato salsa is such a treat in the summer!

Juice of 1 lime (or lemon)
1.5 lbs. tomatoes and/or cherry tomatoes, chopped
½ red onion, chopped fine
1 small hot pepper, seeded and minced (or ¼ tsp chili flakes)
2-4 tbls cilantro, chopped
¼ cup sweet pepper (any color), minced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill in the fridge for several hours or overnight before serving. This salsa is great with tortilla chips, with Mexican food, as a relish for fish, or on burgers in place of catsup.

This is a great dish to make when the days and nights are getting cooler and you need something to warm you up in September, but while you still have summer's abundance of tomatoes and peppers.  Enjoy!

1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, choppped
2 green or red peppers, chopped
2 pounds ground beef
1-3 hot peppers, chopped
salt to taste
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 to 1 1/2 lbs tomatoes, chopped

In a skillet, heat oil and saute onion and garlic stirring for 5 minutes.  Add peppers and cook 5 more minutes.  Add beef and brown then add everything else.  Heat to boil, turn down and simmer until slightly thickened about 20 minutes.  Leftovers are even better!

3 lbs. tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup minced onion, any color
1 green pepper chopped
1 TBLS fresh herb chopped like basil, cilantro, parsley etc.
1-2 cups chicken broth
1-2 TBLS olive oil
3 TBLS lemon juice
1-2 avocados, chopped
salt to taste
sour cream

Combine all ingredients except sour cream.  Top with a dollop of sour cream in each bowl.  Serve cold.

This Tomato Pie recipe came from a CSA member who discovered it 30 years ago and is still making it to this day.  Very decadent, she says!  Got to be good to hang onto it for that long, I say!  :)  

2 cups bisquick
1/2 cup water
tomatoes, sliced
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup mayonaise

Mix bisquick and water in pie pan spread on bottom and sides.  Layer on top 5 to six sliced tomatoes.  Sprinkle cheese, salt and pepper over the tomatoes.  Spread mayo over top like meringue to seal.  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes then at 350 for 20 minutes more or until brown.

It's hard to imagine that you'd have too many tomatoes to know what to do with.  But, that time does come around once or twice in a season and here's a great way to use a bunch of tomatoes as a yummy side dish or try making a sauce out of them!

Small-ish tomatoes, halved lengthwise
olive oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Oil a rack that will fit on top of a baking sheet.  Oil the baking sheet, too.  Place tomatoes cut side up on rack, sprinkle with salt and a few drops of oil.  Put in oven and roast for 2 hours.  Remove from oven, let cool for 1/2 hour then serve.  If you have leftovers, you can add them to soups or puree them into a flavorful sauce.

1/2 cup couscous
4 large tomatoes (roasted and peeled)
1 onion, minced
3 fresh garlic cloves (chopped)
4-5 fresh basil leaves (or more of you prefer)
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
heavy cream (or whole milk)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Roast tomatoes, cut in half, in 400* oven for 45 min. Cool, peel, and roughly chop. Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil in a large pot and sauté onion and garlic until softening. Add tomatoes and stock and simmer several minutes, stirring. Add couscous and simmer until cooked. Add chopped basil, cream, and salt and pepper to taste.

The title of this recipe is from Mary Margaret who considers this it!  Try it and you'll understand!

tomatoes, chopped
cucumbers, peeled and chopped
basil, chopped

For the dressing, wisk together:
1/2 cup soft cheese like chevre (or homemade kefir cheese or yogurt cheese)
4-6 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
salt to taste

Optional additional ingredients:
black olives, minced
avocado (which makes this salad eerily similar to the Tomato-Basil-Avocado salad we have on the website, too :)

Combine salad ingredients and pour over dressing.  Toss to coat and serve!

1 medium tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
a handfull of basil tops, minced
2 TBSP red onion, minced
2 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TSP vinegar
a pinch salt

Combine all ingredients into a bowl except cheese.  Mix cheese, olive oil, vinegar, and salt together to make a dresssing.  Pour over vegetables, toss, and serve.

1.5 lbs. tomatoes, coarsely chopped
½ cup red onion, minced
1 hot pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
½ cup sweet pepper, diced
1-2 tsp salt (to taste)

Mix all ingredients together. Serve or refrigerate.

Availability: August-September

Storage tips: Refrigerate or store at room temperature.

How to eat: Tomatoes are best eaten very fresh and have many uses. They can be sliced up and
eaten raw, put into soups, salads, stews, casseroles, sauces, etc. We include a few of our
favorite uses for fresh tomatoes here on the website