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Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:15 pm

I've got 10-14 tomatoes that are either ripe or nearly ripe, and am trying to figure out what to do with them... According to a few recipes on Allrecipes.com, I would need many more then that number to make enough tomato sauce to make it worth it (I make 1 batch a year and freeze the vast majority of it, though almost never using fresh tomatoes...)

I've got fresh basil and garlic as well as chives and parsley...

Any suggestions? If you all think pasta sauce is what should be made, then I can be convinced (lol)...

Thanks!
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:44 pm

Why ruin fresh tomatoes by making them into something ? you can do that with store bought garbage. Eat them as they are.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:49 pm

Quoting IMissPiedmont (Reply 1):
Why ruin fresh tomatoes by making them into something ? you can do that with store bought garbage. Eat them as they are.

Normally I would agree wholeheartedly, however I fear they will go bad before they are all used if they aren't cooked into something soon, and throwing out rotten tomatoes is worse in my mind then using fresh, garden grown tomatoes in sauce or something similar.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:00 pm

How about a tomato salad with lots of other nice ingredients. Pick and choose.

You will find lots of yummy recipes/ideas on this site - my favourite cooking site.

http://www.epicurious.com/

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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:08 pm

Here's a few from allrecipes.com:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mamas-B...roiled-Tomato-Sandwich/Detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fresh-Tomato-Pie/Detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Tomatoes-Oregano/Detail.aspx

And here's their main page on tomatos:

http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Tomatoes/Detail.aspx


Btw, baked/broiled tomato sandwiches are very good. I suggest cooking them with your favorite mushroom.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:08 pm

Slice them 5mm thick, slice a buffalo’s mozzarella and put it on them. Then put your favourite vinegar on and ENJOY!

  
 
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Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:14 pm

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Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:29 pm

Sounds like you have a all the ingredients for a great Bruschetta.
 
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Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:39 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 5):
Slice them 5mm thick, slice a buffalo’s mozzarella and put it on them. Then put your favourite vinegar on and ENJOY!

Mmmmmmmmm....


My suggestion though.

Make salsa.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:51 pm

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 7):
Sounds like you have a all the ingredients for a great Bruschetta.

I like that idea.

Quoting aero145 (Reply 5):
Slice them 5mm thick, slice a buffalo’s mozzarella and put it on them. Then put your favourite vinegar on and ENJOY!

Agreed!

My other suggestion would be some pico-de-gallo or salsa!
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Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:02 pm

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 8):
Mmmmmmmmm....
Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 9):
Agreed!

And how about some wine with it?   
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:19 am

What type of tomatoes are these? Since you're contemplating making tomato sauce, I'm guessing they're Roma/plum tomatoes. Here's what I'd do with 10-14 fresh Roma tomatoes:
Slice them lengthwise, scoop out the centers into a bowl, and set the empty tomatoes aside.
Add just enough parmesan cheese, bread crumbs (the Progresso Italian-style ones are best), and a little basil to the tomato innards to make a sticky paste (thinner than cookie dough but thicker than cake batter).
Spoon the bread crumb mixture into the empty tomatoes, cover each one with a slice of mozzarella, arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet, and place them under the broiler until the mozzarella starts to brown.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:55 am

Quoting TSS (Reply 11):
What type of tomatoes are these? Since you're contemplating making tomato sauce, I'm guessing they're Roma/plum tomatoes. Here's what I'd do with 10-14 fresh Roma tomatoes:
Slice them lengthwise, scoop out the centers into a bowl, and set the empty tomatoes aside.
Add just enough parmesan cheese, bread crumbs (the Progresso Italian-style ones are best), and a little basil to the tomato innards to make a sticky paste (thinner than cookie dough but thicker than cake batter).
Spoon the bread crumb mixture into the empty tomatoes, cover each one with a slice of mozzarella, arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet, and place them under the broiler until the mozzarella starts to brown.

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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:15 am

Quoting aero145 (Reply 5):
Slice them 5mm thick, slice a buffalo’s mozzarella and put it on them. Then put your favourite vinegar on and ENJOY!

Unless you're talking about balsamic vinegar, forget the vinegar. The slices of tomato and mozzarella are OK but in this case, season the lot with salt and pepper, sprinkle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on then, and then garnish them with a basil leaf.

Another thing you could do is a tomato sandwich. For that, first get a bread that doesn't go soggy at the touch of a tomato, season everything with salt and pepper, put some chopped garlic and basil in, then finish it off with some extra virgin olive oil. The garlic gives everything a nice touch to it.  
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:15 pm

May I suggest this:

Chop them up into bite-sized pieces, saute them in olive oil for about 15 minutes on low heat with a handful of garlic cloves. After that first 15 minutes they will start to break down. To complete that process, add about a tablespoon of salt to really break them down. Once that occurs, add your herbs and maybe some onions (if you like them) and you have a very nice sauce for any kind of pasta.

Of course ALL the other suggestions are great too!   

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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:09 pm

Heinz Ketchup for me...can't stand real tomatoes  
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:47 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 13):
Unless you're talking about balsamic vinegar, forget the vinegar. The slices of tomato and mozzarella are OK but in this case, season the lot with salt and pepper, sprinkle a bit of extra virgin olive oil on then, and then garnish them with a basil leaf.

Somehow, neither the olive oil nor the basil does anything for me - I use balsamic vinegar with them and that’s it. The cheese has to be very tasty, which is not the case with all cow mozzarella I’ve eaten. The taste of the buffalo mozzarella varies, but it’s always tastier than the cow mozzarella.

I got the idea of course from 'Insalata caprese', but as it’s not "original", I’m not calling it anything.
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:43 pm

Wow, thanks guys! I ended up going with making pasta sauce after all...bought a boatload of plum tomatoes to flesh out the tomatoes I had already.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:22 pm

Quoting aero145 (Reply 16):
I use balsamic vinegar with them and that’s it.

Balsamic vinegar is fine by me.  
Quoting aero145 (Reply 16):
The taste of the buffalo mozzarella varies, but it’s always tastier than the cow mozzarella.

As a German-Italian, when I talk about mozzarella, I talk about the good stuff, buffalo mozzarella.

Quoting aero145 (Reply 16):
I got the idea of course from 'Insalata caprese', but as it’s not "original", I’m not calling it anything.

In your defence, Quizno's in Costa Rica has an even weirder concept of insalata caprese for their subs. Their caprese sandwich didn't even have olive oil and (fresh) mozzarella (and the garlic that I like), it's base ingredients were tomato, processed cheese, and a weird sauce they called pesto (it only tasted somewhat like pesto, and pesto isn't a sauce, it's more of a paste). It was good, but not the real thing. And there's one of those big "bakery" chains in Hamburg that offers a caprese sandwich with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, all on a piece of baguette. Just that it lacks olive oil, it has instead something they call basil oil. It's good, but not the real thing because it lacks real extra virgin olive oil and it needs more salt.
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:08 am

Quoting fca767 (Reply 15):
Heinz Ketchup for me...can't stand real tomatoes

I absolutely LOVE Heinz Ketchup. Won't use anything else! We only get them in the small single packets here on base, but some of us go online and order large bottles and carry them into the Dining Facility in the cargo pockets of our pants! We drown the taste of the steaks we get here in them!

And I do love fresh tomatoes as well!!!
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Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:17 am

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 19):
I absolutely LOVE Heinz Ketchup. Won't use anything else! We only get them in the small single packets here on base,

There is a new one here which is amazing and has a kick in it. Im going to stock up. Great with prawns as a dip also.

http://www.reggae-reggae.co.uk/go/pr...ggae-reggae-tomato-ketchup-squeezy

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My suggestion :

Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers - (Gemista)

6 - 8 servings
8 medium tomatoes, 8 medium peppers, 4 medium potatoes, 2 cups rice, 3 onions, mint, parsley, 1 1/2 cup olive oil, salt, pepper Optionally: Raisins, minced meat.

Slice-off the top of the tomatoes and the peppers. Use a spoon to remove the inside part of the tomatoes and the peppers. Try to leave the empty tomatoes as thin as possible but be careful not to damage their skin. Save the inside parts of the tomatoes you have removed. They will be used for the stuffing. Mash them with a blender and mix half of the tomatoe mash with the rice the onions (chopped), the mint and the parsley. Cook the stuffing with olive oil. Add salt and pepper as desired. Do not overcook the stuffing. The rice should not be soft. It will soften later in the oven. Stuff the tomatoes and the peppers and lid them with their tops. Place them in a pan, surround them with the potatoes (sliced) and pour the rest of the tomatoe mash. Add olive oil and bake for about 1 1/2 hour in a medium oven . Add water if required during baking.
Optionally: You can add raisins in the stuffing if you desire. Also, alternatively you can stuff tomatoes and peppers with some minced meat. Try to experiment and create to stuffings, one with rice and one with minced meat and fill half of the tomatoes and peppers with each stuffing.
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:40 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 18):
As a German-Italian, when I talk about mozzarella, I talk about the good stuff, buffalo mozzarella.

Great!   

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 18):
In your defence, Quizno's in Costa Rica has an even weirder concept of insalata caprese for their subs. Their caprese sandwich didn't even have olive oil and (fresh) mozzarella (and the garlic that I like), it's base ingredients were tomato, processed cheese, and a weird sauce they called pesto (it only tasted somewhat like pesto, and pesto isn't a sauce, it's more of a paste). It was good, but not the real thing.

Nooooo, that’s just wrong!

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 18):
And there's one of those big "bakery" chains in Hamburg that offers a caprese sandwich with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, all on a piece of baguette. Just that it lacks olive oil, it has instead something they call basil oil. It's good, but not the real thing because it lacks real extra virgin olive oil and it needs more salt.

I’m not sure if I’d like it on a baguette, but jedem das Seine I guess.  

Man, I’m so happy to have had dozens of dozens of tasty tomatoes from the garden this summer and to be able to buy pretty good 'real' mozzarella in Toom. It’s not as good as the fresh mozzarella I’ve eaten in Italia but it’s so much better than the cow variant!

 
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:45 pm

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 19):
I absolutely LOVE Heinz Ketchup. Won't use anything else! We only get them in the small single packets here on base, but some of us go online and order large bottles and carry them into the Dining Facility in the cargo pockets of our pants! We drown the taste of the steaks we get here in them!

And I do love fresh tomatoes as well!!!

haha! nice to see an insight into base life, I watched a program here and they had a Burger king there which I think was great   Still quite dangerous though but it shows how well a base is made. Far better than Air Cadets where you get shouted at all the time but offcourse that's only regarding that part and obviously not the dangers.
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:16 pm

Quoting fca767 (Reply 22):
I watched a program here and they had a Burger king there

We don't have any fast food outlets here! That's only on a couple of the big,major bases. It's either the Dining Facility or order some dry stuff online. Ramen noodles and Zataran's microwave rice dishes are popular. THAT'S IT!
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:14 pm

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 23):
We don't have any fast food outlets here! That's only on a couple of the big,major bases. It's either the Dining Facility or order some dry stuff online. Ramen noodles and Zataran's microwave rice dishes are popular. THAT'S IT!

probably better for your health  
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:05 pm

Quoting fca767 (Reply 22):
I watched a program here and they had a Burger king there which I think was great

They closed them then look like they may bring them back :

Burger King to come back to Kandahar

Burger King and other fast food outlets could be making a comeback in Kandahar.

The former commander of US and other international forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, ordered the closure of fast food chains based at the Kandahar military air base, earlier this year.

His successor, General David Petraeus, hinted in an interview with the Washington Post today, that he might reverse the decision that proved unpopular with troops.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010...6/burger-king-kandahar-us-military
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:19 am

If you can get a few extra ingredients, here's a recipe I tried recently that tasted great   

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Tomatoes wrapped in puff pastry & stuffed with chickpea purée

4 servings:
4 tomatoes, 4 hard-cooked egg yolks, 120 g (approx 4.3 oz) boiled chickpeas, curry (1 tsp), cream (3 tbsp), milk (2 tbsp), parsley (3 tufts), garlic (1/2 clove), puff pastry (1 sheet should be enough), olive oil, chili powder, salt, pepper

Put the egg yolks, chickpeas, curry, garlic, cream and milk in a mixer, and turn it on. Gradually add the parsley and a few spoonfuls of oil. Once the purée is ready, add salt and chili powder as appropriate.

Slice off the top of the tomatoes and remove the innards with a spoon, then put them upside down (with the opening on the bottom) on a baking pan lined with baking paper. From the puff pastry sheet, cut out 4 squares big enough to wrap each tomato. Put the wrapped tomatoes in the oven and bake until golden.

When ready, let the tomatoes cool down for a few minutes, then stuff them with the purée, and serve immediately.
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:32 am

Quoting aero145 (Reply 21):
I’m not sure if I’d like it on a baguette, but jedem das Seine I guess.

It has to be on a bread that can properly absorb the liquids, or else it will go soggy. And you don't want to have bread that turns soggy at even the touch of olive oil, because it can get quite messy.  
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:00 am

Make gazpacho.

Need onion, cucumber, peppers, olive oil and some hard bread. Other than that, there's a lot of regional variations and percentages vary on personal tastes.

I generally like it pepper and vinegar-heavy.

Just put it all on the mixer and serve cold. A drip of olive oil and cut veggies and/or thin slices of jamón and you're served.

Google for specific recipes, there are tons of them even in English.
 
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RE: Need A Use For 10-14 Fresh Tomatoes...

Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:08 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 27):
It has to be on a bread that can properly absorb the liquids, or else it will go soggy. And you don't want to have bread that turns soggy at even the touch of olive oil, because it can get quite messy.  

Bread soggy from tomato juice is one of the most disgusting things I know. So yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you about the sogginess. My mom makes some unsoggable bread, so I could try the mozzarella - tomato - extra virgin olive oil - mix on it!

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