Sweet Cooking

Alabama Tomatoes

In Just Good Food, Miscellaneous on August 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

The tomatoes have been wonderful this season. When I walk through the Green Market, every stand has beautiful tomatoes for sale. I’ve really been loving the New Jersey tomatoes and the heirloom tomatoes from upstate New York. But, I must say, nothing compares to an Alabama tomato.

My mom smuggled these on a Delta flight! They were packed in bubble wrap in a shoe box. Thanks, Mom and Don!

A little home-grown slice of summer!

There are a million things you can do with fresh tomatoes.

There is truly nothing better than a good BLT sandwich. Notice the jalapeno...also from Alabama!

Arugula and tomatoes with fresh lemon juice and olive oil - a simple and delicious salad!

If you have tomatoes that you don’t want to eat right away, you can make and freeze tomato sauce.

My mom pureed these tomatoes. What should I use this sauce for?

Pizza! I made a classic tomato and basil pizza using the pureed tomato sauce.

To make the above sauce:

1. Quarter tomatoes.

2. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Roast in the oven at 350°. Roasting time will vary depending on the size and quantity of tomatoes. Start checking at 20 minutes. They are finished cooking when the skins are loose and juices are coming out of the tomatoes.

4. Remove from the oven, let cool, and peel away the skins (they come off very easily).

5. Pulse the tomatoes in a food processor until pureed.

Now you have a simple tomato puree to use as a base for any red sauce! Delicious!

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