20 Summer Tomato Recipes and Techniques (including rescuing and freezing!)

31 Jul

Here it is finally, a round-up of recipes for using summer tomatoes, including rescuing tomatoes past their prime and processing for freezing (without the trouble of canning!). Bookmark this one….

1. The Easiest of All: Chopped Tomato Sauce

Light and beautiful, any kind of tomatoes will do, as long as they are garden fresh!

Light and beautiful, any kind of tomatoes will do, as long as they are garden fresh!

2. Speedy Bruschetta (great for using up tomatoes past their prime salad days)

A lovely way to start a meal (or grate some cheese over and call it a movie snack)

A lovely way to start a meal (or grate some cheese over and call it a movie snack)

3. Pan-Roasted Cherry, Grape or Sungold Tomatoes (Oil-Free options and another way to use up those minis gone soft)

4. Grilled Cherry Tomato Salad or Burger Topper

This recipe has terrible photos so I am not using them here, but great flavor.

This recipe has terrible photos so I am not using them here, but great flavor. Try it!

5. Roasted Plum Tomatoes with Garlic and Basil

Bung these in the oven while roasting other veggies!

Bung these in the oven while roasting other veggies!

6. Spanish-style Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes!

Stuffed Tomatoes!

7. Provencal Vegetable Tian (baked layered summer veggies with olives)

Assembly is easy on this vegetable tian

Assembly is easy on this vegetable tian

By the time it came out of the oven, my natural light was gone...but you get the idea.

By the time it came out of the oven, my natural light was gone…but you get the idea.

 

8. Marinated Mini-Mozzarella Balls

Perfect for a summer BBQ or buffet (and big savings over the pre-marinated from the Italian deli

Perfect for a summer BBQ or buffet (and big savings over the pre-marinated from the Italian deli

 9. Classic Criollo Tomato and Avocado Salad

The go-to side for spicy, salty, strong-flavored creole cooking

The go-to side for spicy, salty, strong-flavored creole cooking

 10. Cannellini and Tomato Salad (no cook)

Add crusty bread and you've got yourself a no-cook hearty cool meal!

Add crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a no-cook hearty cool meal!

11. Pan-Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa (fat-free)

Pretty all the way from start to finish

Pretty all the way from start to finish

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12. Oven Charred Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa

Oven Charred...Yum

Oven Charred…Yum

Next page: Bisque; Watermelon Feta and Tomato Salad, AND several ways to preserve tomatoes by freezing!

13. Green Tomato and Tomatillo Bisque (cooling….)

Use a blonde stock; mine was a bit dark for this recipe!

Use a blonde stock; mine was a bit dark for this recipe!

14. Golden Tomato Sauce

Golden Tomato Sauce

Golden Tomato Sauce

 15. Pasta Sauce – Latin-style!

Criollo0style! The way abuela used to make...

Criollo0style! The way abuela used to make…

16. Tomato, Feta and Black Olive Pasta

Feeds a crowd!

Feeds a crowd!

 

17. Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad

I serve these as a starter in margarita glasses

I serve these as a starter in margarita glasses

 

PRESERVING

18. Freeze Whole Tomatoes for Winter (Lazy Way to Preserrve!)

Easy freezy

Easy freezy

19. Raw Tomato Puree for Freezing

This raw puree is so handy to have around in wintertime!

This raw puree is so handy to have around in wintertime!

20. Cooked Tomato Puree (thicker) for Freezing or Sauce

The final product! Tomato puree that will be great when the weather turns....

The final product! Tomato puree that will be great when the weather turns….

 

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7 Responses to “20 Summer Tomato Recipes and Techniques (including rescuing and freezing!)”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide August 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    What a great roundup! I hardly know which to try first.

  2. v8mile August 1, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Oh, man… now I can’t wait for my family’s tomatoes to ripen! So many delicious ideas— the cannellini salad looks like a wonderful, easy idea. Thanks for the list!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy August 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      You are so welcome. Thank you for the visit and I hope you will let me know how these recipes work out for you!

  3. tribw July 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Hmmm beuscetti, lovely!

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  4. Mad Dog July 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    The farmer has his amazing tomatoes on sale now and I’m getting a real craving for gazpacho ;-)

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