Jac o' lyn Murphy: Fun Ways to use your Late Summer Tomatoes

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fun Ways to use your Late Summer Tomatoes

Our garden is bursting with tomatoes.
I love going out and picking all of the bright red, juicy jewels at a moments notice, 
but to be honest there are only so many we can eat!
I've got a few different ways to share the last tomato taste of summer...

Make a wreath
Our kitchen table has never looked so festive.
Instead of putting our pickings in a bowl,
we've got an all around festive display of tomatoes and basil.
Looks great and smells even better!

Use them as a bowl
A throwback to the days of classic chicken salad or cottage cheese 
served in a hollowed out tomato, 
I've stuffed ours with shrimp salad!

For my easy shrimp salad, 
I mix 3/4 pound of small cooked shrimp from the fish market, 1 small shallot very finely minced, 
2 celery stalks very finely minced, 2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise, 
1/2 tsp dill weed and a good squeeze of fresh lemon.
Chill well and serve in a large hollowed out tomato.
Place on a festive, colorful plate if you want to feel like you are in Palm Beach, circa 1968.

Give them as a gift
Be the most popular person in town...
Gather tomatoes, fresh basil and your favorite mozzarella 
and this Easy Caprese is sure to make anyone's day.

Take a break from Avocado Toast and 
enjoy Tomato Toast
Enjoy that vine-ripened flavor atop crispy, golden bread.
I love to toast sourdough bread then layer on cottage cheese or ricotta,
 sliced tomatoes and crispy fried shallots.

Whether you say Tomato or To-MA-to, 
I say enjoy them while they are at their peak!

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