Friday, June 22, 2012

Tomatoes, Tomatoes everywhere!

Our garden is full of tomatoes: Cherry, Heirloom, Plum, Beefsteak. What to do with all of these tomatoes, basically all ripe around the same time?
As my husband planted several cherry-100 plants we certainly have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and really there are only so many that you can eat as a snack or in a salad. I cruised the net looking for some new recipes and ways to use them up. I came across this one and knew I would make it!

Cherry Tomato Puff Pastry Tart

It was simply delicious! It could be an appetizer or part of a brunch or lunch with a side salad. I ate it for dinner :) I basically followed the recipe only varying with items I had on hand so won't re-post the whole thing here. It's very simple though. Spread puff pastry with your favourite mustard (I used Grey Poupon Country Dijon), sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes tossed with herbs ( our garden is plentiful with fresh herbs too!) and olive oil and bake. Couldn't be easier. After stumbling upon this blog, The Italian Dish,  I looked around a bit and found many other great recipes so it's definitely worth a visit. 

Next I searched for an easy homemade Marinara recipe to make with our crop of plum tomatoes. I found this one  on Former Chef. This was scrumptious too! It was great on pasta and as a pizza sauce base. The instructions were easy to follow and it didn't actually take as much prep work as I thought. I had never peeled and seeded tomatoes before and I was worried that it would be a pain. It really was as easy as the recipe said! 

I will definitely make these every time our garden is full with tomatoes! I highly recommend that you check out these recipes if you have an abundance of tomatoes in your garden too :)

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