They’re everywhere! In your garden! At the farmer’s market! In bowls, baskets, and other vessels all over your kitchen! TOMATOES! Normally when I think that I’m being stalked by produce, I feel the need to run. Or wake up, because that would be a scary dream.
But in this case, I love it! I love tomatoes, and in late-summer they seem to be coming out of our ears (now THAT would be scary–and painful!). With so many varietals out there, it’s easy to become wooed by the colors, sizes, textures, and flavors of this glorious fruit (remember, tomatoes are not veggies, but a fruit!). There are so many wonderful ways to use them, but sometimes simplicity is truly the sincerest form of flattery.
It will be clear to anyone who has read my blog for a little while that one of my favorite combos of all time is that of olive oil, salt, pepper, and mozzarella with a fresh tomato. The perfect bite, and sometimes the perfect meal. I’ve put them on toasty bread, roasted them to bring out their sweetness, served them with fish and other meats, and even turned them into pesto. Oh, how I love those Solanum lycopersicum (the fancy-schmancy name for tomatoes). In this particular case, I was inspired by a recent recipe I read in an online publication that showcased green tomatoes. I thought “heck yeah! I need me some of that!”
So on a recent jaunt out to the local farmer’s market, I found some oh-so-pretty green tomatoes from Music Family Farms. These tomatoes were just beckoning me to take them home and have my way with them (those were some pretty flirty tomatoes, my friend). Adding pops of flavor from a bed of peppery arugula and some of my spinach pesto (so handy to have all of that pesto in my freezer!), then completing it with creamy burrata was heaven. HEAVEN, I tell you.
The great thing about this super simple recipe is that you can use any tomato you have on hand, you can make tons at a time to serve as a whole platter at a dinner party, or grill up just enough for yourself. Being the nice person I am, I decided to make a small amount just for me so that I could test them before I sent them your way. You know, a little quality control to make sure I wasn’t giving you a bad recipe idea. Always thinking of you, that’s who I am. I’m a giver. And I’m giving you this fantastic recipe, so get out there and get grilling!