Summer Garden Tomatoes
Garden Tomatoes – Caprese Inspired Recipe Ideas
If you have a surplus of garden tomatoes, but you are tired of the same old thing here are some recipe ideas that you might find refreshing. To me, nothing tastes more like summer than that of caprese, the beautiful flavor combination of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic vinegar to tie together all the flavors.
You will need a good knifeto cut the tomatoes, herb shearsto cut the basil into ribbons and a dressing bottlefor that lovely balsamic finish.
Classic Caprese Salad – Take cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, chopped basil and mix together in a bowl. Drizzle on balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to your taste.
Caprese Panzanella Salad – Bread salads are some of my favorite salads. Take day old French or Italian bread and chop into cubes. Add tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, sliced onions and any other ingredients you love. Drizzle with balsamic and olive oil to your taste.
Caprese Pasta Salad – This is best prepared as a cold pasta salad, so that the cheese doesn’t melt from the heat of the noodles. Boil up your favorite noodles and let cool. Combine the cooled noodles with the caprese ingredients and enjoy! Try substituting pasta for pearl couscous or farro if you want to change things up.
Caprese Galette – You can make savory pastries as well as sweet pastries. Take a sheet of pie dough, puff pastry, or pizza dough and place your ingredients in the middle (I added cooked Italian sausage to the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil) and crimp the dough around the edges. Bake according to package instructions, it won’t take long. I cooked my caprese galette at 375 for 10-12 minutes. It was fun to make a batch of mini galettes.
Caprese Calzone – Take pizza dough and roll out in a circle. Add ingredients to one half of the circle and fold the dough over to create a half circle calzone. Crimp the edges closed with a fork and bake. The baking times will vary depending on the size of the calzone, but most calzones cook at 425 for 9-11 minutes. Keep an eye on it to prevent burning!
Hopefully you are inspired to start creating delicious caprese meals from the ideas mentioned above, branching off to your own creations is even better! The sky is the limit with this irresistible flavor combination.
- Jackie Miller