10 Surprising Things to Do with Tomatoes
Delightfully Surprising Tomato Recipes
Tomatoes just got tastier. Put 'em in pie, stuff 'em with salad, and grill 'em beside burgers. Here are 10 ways to add a little red to your dinner plate.
#1: Rethink Pie
That's right, we said pie. One piecrust, cream cheese, crispy bacon, and cherry-tomato-bursting-in-your-mouth bite, and you won't settle for a boring BLT sandwich ever again.
#2: Try Homemade Jam
Bring on the tomato-basil jam. A refreshing medley of sweet and tangy does wonders slathered over lightly toasted bread and a dab of fresh mozzarella. Don't knock it until you've tried it.
#3: Make a Margarita
We've taken two classic cocktails and combined them. With the tomato base of a bloody mary and the tequila kick of a margarita, the results are just as good as you'd drink -- er, think.
#4: Add Dried Tomatoes to Pastries
Let's not forget about dried tomatoes. These tangy bits are added to an herb and bacon scone for a change of pastry pace. Balance out the rich flavors with bitter coffee, or enjoy these savory morsels solo.
#5: Toss a Lettuce-less Salad
Salad doesn't have to mean a bed of lettuce. It could mean a colorful and enticing blend of tomatoes drizzled in a sweet-and-tangy sauce tossed with bits of red onion, for example.
#6: Stuff with Egg Salad
We didn't think egg salad could get much better, but then we stuffed it into roma tomatoes. Between the crunchy bits of cucumber and tasty tomato juices, we stand corrected.
#7: Poach Eggs on Top
This pretty skillet dish is a cinch to make. A quick combination of olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and red pepper makes a perfect bed for poaching eggs. Simmer together and serve over toast for a meal fit for an Italian king.
#8: Twist Dried Tomatoes into Breadsticks
Dried tomatoes add a zip of sweet-tart flavor to otherwise savory breadsticks. The tender texture of these Parmesan-sprinkled twists is perfect paired with soups and salads or simply by themselves.
#9: Mix with Mint
Mint may not seem like a logical pairing for tomatoes, but the results are impossible to dispute. Spoon the garlic, mint, and tomato trio over toasted bread and goat cheese for a warm side dish full of fresh flavor.
#10: Grill Them
Sliced tomatoes are common on top of burgers -- so make things interesting and serve tomatoes whole instead. Take one bite and let the warm, juicy pop of a grilled cherry tomato speak for itself.