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 Post subject: Too many tomatoes!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:42 pm 
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I got over 2 pounds of ripe on-vine tomatoes from the market earlier. Now I have to decide what to do with them.

I looked for a tomatoes thread for inspiration but although I searched "tomatoes" in the kitchen section, checking topic titles only, I couldn't find a dedicated thread. If I missed a general recipe ideas thread for tomatoes somehow please point me to it!

If not, I'm open to all suggestions, but veering towards cooking most of them in some way (maybe in seitan, some kind of chickpea quiche, soup etc.) rather than raw.

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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Growing up, during tomato season my mom always made a pizza with our excess tomatoes, where instead of any sauce she would just put a solid layer of sliced tomatoes on the dough, and top with fancy cheese. I think this would be equally good with a garlicky cashew/tofu ricotta, or layer of pesto + solid layer of tomatoes. When I say solid layer, I truly mean wall to wall slices, not dispersed like one would put a normal pizza topping...

One year during a tomato glut I made Isa's tomato rice soup (sorry, can't recall which book.) I thought it might be a bit bland looking at the ingredients, but made it since I had everything on hand...and holy crepe! It was soooo good with really good tomatoes.


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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:00 pm 
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I couldn't resist slowroasting them with olive oil/big pieces of garlic/salt/pepper and serving over polenta or pasta...or focaccia, or as the base of a bisque, but this (and masterchef us last night) has me thinking Indian curries, too.

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Salsa and tomato sauce!

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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jdfunks wrote:
I couldn't resist slowroasting them with olive oil/big pieces of garlic/salt/pepper and serving over polenta or pasta...
This sounds amazing - throw some white beans and fresh basil in there and you've got a perfect meal! (In related news, tomatoes have just been bumped to the top of my farmer's market list.)

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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I too roast them but with coarsely chopped bell peppers with onion, garlic adding tomatoes close to the end ... delicious cold as a side or served with pasta ...

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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I just made pesto trapanese which is a good use of tomatoes and is hella easy and delicious

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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I went with electric_claire's mom's tomato overload pizza to start with. Didn't even put a cheese sub on, just garlic oil. It was very good.

ijustdiedinside do you add a cheese sub? Pesto trapanese sounds great but the recipe I saw used pecorino. Nooch instead?

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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I like roasting them and putting them in soup. I am a big soup fan though so maybe it seems boring, but a good tomato soup can be incredible.


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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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Yay, that makes me happy and nostalgic. Man, I wish I could cook a tomato pizza- it's always waaaay to forking hot in my apartment during tomato season to turn the oven that high though! I don't think my mom started making it until we moved into a house with central AC.

Also, I want to eat everything in this thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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Ohsheglows creamy tomato soup with garam masala. Best soup ever. Bonus that you need to slow roast the tomatoes first (she gives you a method). Slow roast a huge pile, use some for the soup and the rest as others suggest above.
http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/23/creamy ... onut-soup/

If you get tired of cooking and still have tomatoes you can make pico de gallo in 5 minutes in a blender or food processor. Tomatoes, onion, jalapeƱo, cilantro, garlic, lime juice S&P. Great on bowls, tacos, beans, etc


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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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Wow, Claire, your mom's tomato pizza sounds amazing. I'm going to have to make that.
Dropscone, I know you said cooked, but salsa and gazpacho come to mind. You could also try making your own ketchup or bbq sauce from fresh tomatoes. That would probably use more tomatoes than you have.


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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
... You could also try making your own ketchup or bbq sauce from fresh tomatoes. That would probably use more tomatoes than you have.

That's a great idea! There are lots of really good quality tomatoes going dirt cheap in the market at the moment so getting more won't be a problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:54 am 
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I have tomato plants, and they always seem to grown in waves....i will have nothing for weeks, and then BAM 2-3lbs of tomatoes that I need to make ASAP!

here are some things I use them in

-Roasted tomato sauce: Cut tomatoes in half or quarters, put face up on a cookie sheet (or 2) lined with parchment paper. Add a sliced onion and whole garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil, some salt, pepper, and dried herbs like basil or oregano. Roast at 400 for about 30-40 minutes. let cool, them put in a food processor, I like it chunky and add to pasta. It makes a ton from about 2lbs of tomatoes. Super easy too, I have my BF do the roasting for me when i am at work. Sometimes the seeds can be a bit much depending on the tomatoes, so you can squeeze most of them out before you put on the cookie sheet.

-Pico or salsa like someone mentioned upthread. I like roasting the tomatoes first though, like I did above, except add a jalepeno or two and use mexican oregano. Then blend with cilantro and lime juice. sometimes I add a adobo pepper (from the can) to make it smokey.

-Quick pan made tomato sauce: olive oil, fry onions and garlic. Add about 2lbs of chopped tomatoes, about 1/4cup of white wine, and some herbs (dried or fresh). Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes till they are broken down. Boom you have pasta sauce.

Next time I get a really huge batch, I want to try de-seeding and de-skinning and cooking in my crockpot for a thicker sauce. But you need a LOT for that. I dont think my plants will yield enough.


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dropscone wrote:
I went with electric_claire's mom's tomato overload pizza to start with. Didn't even put a cheese sub on, just garlic oil. It was very good.

ijustdiedinside do you add a cheese sub? Pesto trapanese sounds great but the recipe I saw used pecorino. Nooch instead?


yeah, i put in a little nooch! but i dont even know if it needed it. it was so good with fresh tomatoes and basil and nuts and olive oil.

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:39 pm 
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If you make extra sauce you can freeze it in ice cube trays and then just pop them out one at a time for later use in dishes you want to add some tomato yum to. I know someone who makes herb ice cubes too for the same thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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the best chili i ever made was with fresh tomatoes. so sweet and delicious. mmmmm. (same with chana. it's on a whole other level than using canned)

need i say tomato sandwiches? just lightly toasted toast, mayo, a big slice of 'mater and salt. a friend also suggested i use a dash of pepper too, and that was a nice change.

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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I have got some Kumatoes ...

http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/english-kumatoes

they look mysteriously somber ... thinking carefully of what to do with them ...

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 Post subject: Re: Too many tomatoes!
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jdfunks wrote:
I couldn't resist slowroasting them with olive oil/big pieces of garlic/salt/pepper

Exactly what I would do if I were lucky enough to have your problem!


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I have a similar problem and was going to make and freeze Cream of Tomato soup.

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I've always wanted to try making oven-roasted "sundried" tomatoes - but I never have enough tomatoes leftover because of my love of pomodoro.


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