There are certain things I consider a must every summer, like enjoying picnic dinners, firing up the grill as much as possible, making endless batches of lemonade, and, of course, eating my weight in sweet and juicy tomatoes. There are a lot of ways to get in-season tomatoes on the table, but these are the 10 best essentials that can't be missed.
Start with a pound of sweet, ripe tomatoes, some briny feta, and a pre-made pie crust and this gorgeous galette comes together faster than you'd imagine.
If you do just one thing with your tomato haul this summer, let it be tomato butter. Trust me. It's hard to beat it simply spread on toast and biscuits, but I also recommend tossing it with pasta, using it to fry an egg, and topping grilled fish and chicken with it.
This sauce is for when you have tomatoes that are so juicy and sweet that it seems you can hardly improve them. The recipe is as low-effort as they come and exactly how to tackle summertime pasta nights.
The secret to success when making up this cheesy-centered, cracker-topped gem is blind-baking the pie crust and salting the tomatoes to pull out some of their moisture. These two steps will reward you with a crust that's flaky and crisp, not soggy.
A tomato sandwich, built with thick slices of juicy, sweet tomatoes, is a summer rite of passage. This version is layered with a generous swipe of butter, then drizzled with honey and flaky salt.
It turns out that there is a way to improve on grilled cheese with tomatoes, and it happens when you make it caprese-style with fresh mozzarella and pesto.
This thick, spreadable jam gets a savory twist from warm spices like ginger and pepper, and makes a winning spread, chutney, marinade, and topping for grilled chicken, steak, and fish.
You might have tried tomatoes in your salad, but this summer it's time to also drizzle those tomatoes over your salad with this sweet and tangy vinaigrette.
Add this weeknight wonder to your meal plan when you hit the cherry (or grape) tomato jackpot. These little gems are roasted and partnered with garlic-infused melted butter for a pasta topper that's guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family.