The Surprising Spice That Will Make Your Summer Tomatoes Mind-Blowingly Delicious

The Surprising Spice That Will Make Your Summer Tomatoes Mind-Blowingly Delicious

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Sheela Prakash
Aug 29, 2018

By now, you've likely eaten tomatoes every which way this summer. Maybe you've enjoyed them on toast, in a caprese salad, with pasta, or in pie. But there's one way you likely haven't enjoyed them, and it's the perfect way to celebrate their juicy sweetness as the season begins to draw to a close.

Try pairing summer tomatoes with a pinch of ground cinnamon (yes, cinnamon!). Let us explain why.

Cinnamon Is the Spice Your Summer Tomatoes Are Missing

When you think of ground cinnamon, summer tomatoes are quite possibly the last thing that come to mind. The warm spice is more often associated with fall and winter baking — apple pie and pumpkin bread — than peak summer produce. However, just a pinch of it can transform a tomato dish into one you'll be making again and again.

Cinnamon is actually a common addition to tomato dishes in Greek cuisine, thanks to its ability to bring out the natural sweetness of tomatoes while balancing their acidity and adding a slightly earthy flavor. It's particularly effective when the tomatoes are cooked, so try adding a pinch to your favorite tomato sauce or try this recipe for a quick stewed tomato condiment. The stewed tomatoes are great on everything from cheese plates to burgers, and will help you the transition from bright summer flavors to mellow fall ones.

Have you tried cooking with tomatoes and cinnamon? What's your favorite way to enjoy the pair?

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