Thursday, August 25, 2011

Simple Homemade Sundried Tomato Recipe and Other Tomato Tips


Tips on what to do with that abundance of freshly grown tomato crop....

Some suggestions:


Slice tomatoes thick and top with kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil and a warm, crunchy baguette to soak up the extra olive oil. 

Slice tomatoes for a BLT on sourdough toast using extra-thick bacon, fried crispy with arugula and  cayenne added to your mayo. 

Make tomato salsa using chopped  onions, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeƱos, kosher salt, limes and olive oil. You can add black beans and some roasted leftover corn is an awesome addition!

Make tomato and grilled mozzarella cheese on thick crusted bread adding some fresh basil. Drizzle a little olive oil in the pan while grilling it for extra flavor.

Toss tomatoes with white navy beans in a salad with sliced celery, cucumbers, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, cracked pepper, fresh chopped parsley, oregano,  basil and fresh lemon juice. Canned tuna is a great addition to this in our Italian household. 

Grilling tomatoes are another delicious way to bring out the best flavors in this amazing vegetable/fruit.

 Cut the tomato in half, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, fresh-cracked pepper and grill for at least five to six minutes face down until grill marks can be seen. Only grill one side.

Serve leftover grilled tomatoes and make a  crostini or your  use your favorite bread toasted brushing with olive oil, add some shreds of fresh Parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella for a quick appetizer.

Top your favorite sandwiches with a thick slice of tomato, grilled burgers and any kind of grilled white fish like Mahi Mahi , Tilapia or Haddock! . 


Here's how I make my own sundried tomatoes :

To do this, cut plum Rosa tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them skin side down on a baking sheet.
 Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt and cracked pepper, and bake for 5 to 7 hours on very low heat in the oven (200 degrees).

 Store in a glass jar with airtight lid adding more olive oil to the jar to cover the tomatoes then store in the refrigerator for up to three months.

25 comments:

Curt said...

These are all great tips. I didn't realize it took so long for sundried tomatoes.

Lizzy said...

Mmmmmm....these look fabulous, Claudia!!! Love how slow cooking concentrates the flavor~

Kate@Diethood said...

I LOVE this post!!! My garden is full of tomatoes that are crying to be used up. Thank you for the tips, my friend! ♥

Greg said...

I wish my garden was full of tomatoes. For some reason this has been a bad year. Thanks for all of the ideas, I am going to try some of them.

Claudia said...

My garden is filled with - green tomatoes. As soon as one turns read, the chipmunks feast. But if I can manage some good red tomatoes this summer, I will be drying them as you did! Three months of sun-dried tomatoes in my fridge sounds like heaven.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Love love fresh red juicy tomatoes. Love this.

Anncoo said...

I love tomatoes and this looks so healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

Federica said...

I could'n live without tomatoes, I like them too much! Very interesting suggestions dear, thanks for sharing. Bye, have a great day

Victoria said...

Great uses for tomatoes! For sure one of my favorite summer ingredients :)

Kenneth Northcutt said...

I agree! Grilling is one good way to bring out the taste of a tomato. I like grilled tomato it served onside of a grilled pork with white sour garlic cream on side. You just have to make sure that the meat has enough flavor so that the combined sourness of tomato and cream doesn't over power the flavor of the meat.

Vicki Bensinger said...

Great recommendations. I love tomatoes and when we traveled to Italy they had the best.

This post makes me hungry. I think I'll roast those tomatoes I have tonight for dinner. YUM!

Elisabeth said...

Such a good way to use tomatoes in abundance. I love the crostini, and make it quite often just like you do.
The easiest thing is to make them in your toaster oven, and it is easier to clean up!
Love your great tips...as always!

Angie's Recipes said...

Very helpful tips and delicious recipes.

Big Dude said...

Your ideas and photos make me want to go pick some maters. I especially appreciate the drying and storing instructions and will give some a try on tomato day next week.

Dzoli said...

Great ideas for use of the good old tomatoes.Can't wait for mine to show themselves again:)

Lyndsey said...

I wish I had an aboundance of tomatoes. I love the tomato tips and recipes touse the homemade sundried tomatoes! It looks wonderful!

anthony stemke said...

Excellent tips here for an abundance of tomatoes, Thanks for the dried tomato recipe. We had so many tomatoes twice thjis season, I just trimmed them cut them into quarters and put them in the dutch oven and turned the stove on. Put a little olive oil and white wine in, a helping of dried basil, a touch of sugar and stirred. After 10 minutes or so, electric blended them and the sauce was literally lauded by all who tasted it.
I make pizza a lot, but instead of using tomato sauce, put my sliced tomatoes on the dough. Sprinkled olive oil and salt and basil on it and it too was popular.

redkathy said...

Wow Claudia an impressive collection of tomato facts and tips. Your sun dried tomato recipe is wonderful. That's one I'll be trying out for sure.

Have a great weekend!

Blackswan said...

With all these tips, no wonder u look so good, Claudia! Well done :)

hmariek said...

I have never thought about making these!! Great idea, especially when I have a garden FULL of tomatoes and running out of uses for them! Thanks Claudia!

Catherine said...

Oh MY! This looks so good!!! I would just love a piece right now!! Wish we lived close so we could share. Blessings, Catherine xo

My Little Space said...

They look simply delish1 I love making my tomatoes this way as well.
Kristy

lavieenfribourg said...

Great ideas!

Magic of Spice said...

What a great way to use and preserve garden tomatoes...I have an over abundance this year. Thanks for the inspirations :)

Emily Malloy said...

This looks SCRUMPTIOUS!