5 Ways to Eat Tomatoes for Breakfast

published Aug 14, 2014
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I joked with my partner Sam the other day, asking him if we could figure out a way to survive on tomatoes, cheese and bread alone for the remainder of the summer. And jokes aside, this is what I’ve been reaching for in the morning: a crusty piece of toasted bread, a layer of ricotta and a thick slice of tomato.

As we enter the deliciously warm dog days of summer, savory breakfasts in our house have that one ultimate ingredient written all over them: tomatoes!

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I’m not sure that there’s much that can top my first love, tomatoes and ricotta on toast, but if you’re a savory morning person and are having a similar love affair with tomatoes right now, here’s a few tomato-centric recipes to celebrate them at breakfast!

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5 Morning Tomato Recipes

1. Shakshuka with Fennel and Feta – A Sweet Spoonful
My interpretation of this classic Middle Eastern and African dish is a deliciously messy affair with a savory tomato and pepper stew. Eggs are cooked right into the tomatoes, and I love sopping up some of the tomatoey juices with crusty bread.

2. Egg, Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps – Epicurious
A breakfast wrap filled with eggs, fresh tomatoes and kale is not only delicious, but relatively quick to prepare and could be portable for those mornings when you just need to jet out the door. Customize (or simplify) as you see fit.

3. Eggs in Avocado with Tomato and Basil – ABC
Cooking an egg right in an avocado half was a revelation to me. I was skeptical about warm avocados, but there was no need — they were delicious. Topped with fresh summer tomatoes, this is one memorable, energy-packed summer breakfast.

4. Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn, Goat Cheese & Tomatoes
There’s no reason why summer’s bounty can’t sneak onto the breakfast plate. Once your oven’s on broil, it takes just 10 minutes to roast juicy tomatoes, microwave some sweet corn, and scramble some eggs up. Stir in some goat cheese and you’ve got the perfect summer scramble.

5. Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits
I’m not sure that Emma meant for this gorgeous cobbler to be a breakfast dish, but I thought it was most welcome in this lineup. Why not? This dish relies on small, flavor-filled cherry tomatoes, caramelized onions and cornmeal-cheddar biscuits. It’s a summer stunner, to be sure.