When life gives you lemons you're supposed to make lemonade. When life gives you tomatoes — a whole lot of tomatoes — do what Ina Garten does and make tomatoes and burrata for dinner.
Garten is German for "garden," and this year Ina's garden bestowed a truly massive tomato harvest upon her. I thought I did a good job with my patio tomatoes, but Ina's are on another level. She has red tomatoes, gold tomatoes, big tomatoes, small tomatoes. She has purple tomatoes and green tomatoes and long, skinny yellow tomatoes. My favorite are the enormous red ones that look like you could cut them into steaks.
"What a harvest! Guess what's for dinner tonight?" Ina wrote on Instagram over a photo of an enormous bowl of her different kinds of tomatoes. Jeffrey probably made some saucy tomato puns when he saw them all.
I tried to count Ina's tomatoes but lost track of them at 33, and I hadn't even started counting the little ones yet. She could eat a tomato a day and still not be finished by October (but being able to show that kind of restraint is not recommended).
Ina went with her recipe for tomatoes and burrata from her Make It Ahead cookbook. She put a big piece of fresh burrata cheese in the center of the plate; surrounded it with tomatoes; drizzled everything with her signature "good olive oil," aged balsamic vinegar, fleur de sel, and julienned basil leaves; and served it with garlic toast.
The whole dish looks so good I wish I had an absurd number of tomatoes, too. I might need to run to the grocery store, because I'm sure that Ina would say that even if you didn't grow your own bushel of heirloom tomatoes this summer, store-bought is fine.
What's your favorite way to use tomatoes?