Tomato starter

Farmers market tomatoes

Farmers market tomatoes

Beautiful, sweet, juicy tomatoes this Saturday morning from our farmers market. I set aside some for salads, pizza and tomato sandwiches (see below) for the week.

The rest (remove the stems and rough cut the big tomatoes) goes into a slow cooker along with olive oil, a large can of organic canned tomatoes (depending on the amount of fresh tomatoes) and tomato sauce or tomato paste with water to increase the liquid. Put it on in the morning and ignore it all day.

Optional ingredients: canned tomato sauce (or tomato paste with water for a sweeter taste), sliced onion, 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, a little salt, sun-dried tomatoes, if available. If you buy sun-dried tomatoes in a jar, read the ingredients on the label and avoid chemicals.

That’s it. I usually make a ton of it so I can have it over pasta, stewed with bread (see below), or in a bowl all by itself. I add herbs and spices when I reheat it for individual portions — fresh basil, peppers, corn, brown sugar, liquid smoke, whatever — for other dishes.  I’ve never measured this out for a formal recipe, so I don’t know exact amounts.  You’ll figure it out.

My favorite uses for fresh tomatoes:

Tomatoes with bread:  Tomato mixture, additional tomato sauce/paste if desired, brown sugar (optional), and a little vegan margarine. Tear up bite-sized chunks of sourdough bread and add to mixture. Heat and eat. You can also add sauteed onions and garlic to this dish if you didn’t include them in your starter batch.

Tomato sandwich:  Spread two pieces of bread with Earth Balance mayo.  Add tomato slices, salt and pepper. I add kale sometimes.

Tomato and avocado salad:  Fresh tomatoes, cut in chunks; 1 or 2 avocadoes cut in chunks; vinaigrette or lime juice, salt.

Vinaigrette (adjust amounts to taste)

3 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 T red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dijon-style mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Here are more tomato dishes from some of my favorite sites:

That ought to hold you for the week.

2 comments for “Tomato starter

  1. July 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks so much for the link back to my site. You’ve got some great recipes here – I’ve pinned a few to try soon, and I’ve added your site to my RSS Reader :)

  2. dearpete
    July 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks to you, Angela! I’m just getting started with the blog, so I look forward to developing it. The kale and lemon tahini recipe was delicious!

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