I have been doing this for years, but what I do is I take the basil and ut in in a pestel and mortar.. then add the olive oil to it let is steep for a little bit then I se that oild to cook and finish with a fresh drizzle then add fresh basil!!
Italians make tomato sauce – passata, and store it in sterilized glass bottles (like recycled beer bottles) to eat all year long with their pasta. When you open a bottle, you cook the passata at least 30 mins to give the tomatoes a better flavor!
Looks divine!!! Thanks for this!
Oh cool! I had been looking for a tomato pie recipe on your site, so I wouldn’t duplicate anything, but I guess I was looking for it in vegetables section. Thanks for the link to yours. Honestly I’m such a nerd I’ll probably go to yours instead of thumbing through my index cards. :)
So here is where everyone is sharing their tomato recipes!
We were tending a neighbor’s garden last week while they were out of town, and their tomato plants were so full, so I finally got to use this recipe for Tomato Pie. It was so good that my husband and I ate the whole thing in less than 24 hours! Really easy, too!
* 1 9″ pie crust* 3-4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled* a bunch of fresh basil, thinly sliced (can also add fresh rosemary, finely chopped)* salt & pepper* 1/2 cup mayo* 3/4 lb (12 oz) grated cheese
Preheat oven to 400′ F.Slice tomatoes 1/2″ thick and arrange in crust until full. (I used some quartered cherry or grape tomatoes, too.)Sprinkle with salt & pepper & most of the fresh basil. Combine cheese & mayo and spread over the top.Sprinkle again with remaining basil.Bake 30 minutes.Let set 10 minutes before slicing.
I didn’t peel the tomatoes, but I did cut off parts of the skin, so you didn’t have to fight with any long pieces of skin.It gets a beautiful golden crust on top when you bake it, and it is delicious hot or cold, and actually even tastes better the next day.
Hi Cindy, we have a terrific tomato pie on the site too. Love tomato pie! ~Elise
I made sundried tomatoes with my summer crop. Slice them in halfDrizzle with olive oilSprinkle sea/kosher salt and pepperSprinkle with fresh thyme bake in oven @ 300 – 325 for about 3 or 4 hoursPlace in a canning jar with all the liquid – keeps in fridge. The best sundried tomatoes ever…will NEVER buy them from a store again. I’m now a sundried tomato snob!!!!!Delish on homemade pizza with freshly made pesto!!! AAAHHHHH….it was so wonderful!!!!
This past weekend I did this:
Cut off the first quarter of each of four medium sized tomatoes, to make a lid. Scooped out most of the seeds and juice, inserted a few slivers of fresh garlic, a few pinches of freshly chopped oregano and filled the rest of the cavity with shredded mozza. Put the lids on top, drizzled with olive oil and a shake each of salt and pepper, then placed in a foil pan on the grill for a few minutes. They were awesome!…and a great accompaniment to the ribs and potatoes I bbq’d as well.This is a great side dish for garlic lovers, but a person could omit the garlic. I think that substituting freshly chopped basil for the oregano would work out nicely as well. It’s super easy and looks pretty on the plate. :-)
Sounds terrific! ~Elise
These are so aromatic with the basil. I grilled them on a cast iron griddle grill pan and they turned out lovely. Thank you!
I love to make a simple salad of sliced tomatoes alternating with thinly sliced fresh mozzarella – drizzled wihth EV olive oil and sprinkled with fresh basil — nothing beats it on a hot summer day!Laura
I saw a tomato recipe in the Simple Summer Food Cookbook recently that looked divine.
10 tomatoes (small-medium sized)250g mozarella cheeseolive oilsea salt & fresh ground pepper
Put tomatoes stem down and make two cuts to form a cross on the top of the tomato. The cut should go 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down from the top. Stuff a piece of mozarella cheese in the cut and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. The recipe called for baking but I bet you could grill it as well.
I’m going to try broiling them. I live in Japan and you can’t barbeque on your balcony because everyone dries their clothes on their balconies and their clothes will smell like barbeque. I appreciate how considerate it is but I’d love to grill at home…;-)
This recipe comes from my mother who didn’t fuss much with ingredients. I love this simple salad as a side with beef especially. Cut tomatoes into chunks,sprinkle with salt to release acid. After about ten minutes add roughly chopped onion and mayonaise. I use Hellmans. That’s it. You can gage the amount of onions on your personal preference.Your site is wonderful, I email it everywhere!
Hi Veronica, thanks! We also love mayo with sliced tomatoes, salt and onions. ~Elise
We grill stuffed tomatoes. The stuffing is a 1:1 mixture of feta and cream cheese, black olives, toasted pine nuts, some basil, salt and pepper. We slice the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds. You may also want to drain upside down on a paper towel before stuffing. Then grill in a foil pan until warmed through.
Wow, what great ideas for tomatoes, thanks everyone! Please keep them coming. I just picked 10 more huge burger tomatoes today.
Elise, I’m very pleased to happen upon your website and have bookmarked it. I have always grilled my tomatoes much as you do in your recipe. One step I never leave out is to salt the sliced tomatoes and then place them salt-side down in a colander or a grilling basket to drain. This leaches out much more of the liquid that still remains even after removing the pulp and seeds and to my taste makes the final result that much better. If I have some fresh and beautifully “white” garlic (masquerading in markets as “purple” garlic) on hand (of course I do!) I toss some minced garlic along with the basil over the hot-off-the-grill tomato.
Note: Sorry to say I don’t have a garden full of tomatoes at my disposal. But IMHO the next best source may be Costco’s huge, gorgeous under-ripe beefsteak tomatoes (usually sourced from Canada) that when placed anywhere on a kitchen counter will ripen to sweet and luscious perfection. The cost for nine of these beauties works out to $1.99 a pound, a value for quality that’s hard to beat. Second best source for summer tomatoes is Trader Joe’s, at least here in NE. Florida, it is.
Hi Madeline, great idea to pre-salt the tomatoes!
Who’s afraid of the CDC!!! I love grilled anything.
I just used your grilled lamb post as a guide for my leg last night. That’s right, grilled boneless leg of lamb on a Tuesday night, after work!
My personal favorite sounds silly, but it’s so wonderful.
Toast with thick slices of tomato and mayo on top.
That’s it. Very simple, very, very good.
I also put thin slices of tomato on an olive-oiled tortilla, top with a bit of mozzarella, some more olive oil, good salt and bake in 350 oven until the cheese gets bubbly. Then add some fresh basil if you’d like. It’s simple and wonderful!
Gazpacho is a great way to use up fresh tomatoes. It’s so fresh and tastes like summer. Recently, I made a beet gazpacho using roasted beets and fresh tomatoes. The sweet, nutty flavor of the roasted beets mixed so well with the tomatoes’ acidity, and, in the finished bowl, the deep purple color looked so pronounced with a dollop of yogurt, some chunks of avocado, and baby-sized leaves of wild sorrel.
Avi, Your recipe for beet gazpacho is creativity par excellence! (BTW Sugar beets are terrific food for one’s liver!).I will make this at my first opportunity.
Will definitely try this one. Would be nice as a side to some grilled fish.
Another tomato recipe – my super easy tomato salad (goes well with BBQ meats):
– Chopped 4 or 5 tomatoes (or three generous handfuls of cherry tomatoes chopped in half)– 2 thinly sliced spring onions– Handful of black olives halved (optional)
Dressing– Fresh chopped basil (or coriander)– Juice of half a lime (tip: warm lime/lemons in microwave before cutting for 15 seconds and you’ll get loads more juice)– teaspoon sugar– generous dash of balsamic vinegar (circa 2 tablespoons)– 1 clove garlic crushed– teaspoon of chilli/hot sauce (optional)
Another way to use up tomatoes is home made soup, made a tomato, basil and bacon (sounds weird but it works!), that you can then freeze.
Keep up the fab work!
I do something similar to what you do, but I grill them cut side up, season them first and melt some provolone on top.
mmm I love tomatos and have never had them grilled – will be making those tonight!
I am addicted to Caprese salad. it’s FANTASTIC and so easy to make –
slice tomato – 1/4 inch thick piecesslice mozzarella – 1/4 inch piecesextra virgin olive oilsliced/torn basil leavessalt and pepper -optional but recommended-(course salt and freshly ground pepper is ideal but not necessary)
Fill plate in a circular pattern, alternating tomato with mozzarella. Lightly sprinkle basil over the top and add salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving, drizzle olive oil over the plate. It’s important to wait until you’re serving to do this so the salad doesn’t get soggy.
This is so fast and easy to make, it works great as a side or an appetizer.
I used to do something similar under the broiler. Instead of cut side down, I did them cut side up with almost the same ingredients used in this recipe, but I also used parmesan cheese. They were a great side dish. Bet it would work just as well on the grill :D
I would like to learn how to can the tomatoes. Though we use pressure cooker almost everyday in our households in India, I am scared to use it for pressure canning. I appreciate an alternate method that uses less energy.
I never take out the seeds and pulp when I grill and never lose the insides. I use firm, and not overly ripe also. I have 20 plants and all are turning red right now, so we have lots of slices for every meal, lots are grilled, cherries are skewered with my chicken and beef and pork, and some are just pricked and soaked in Italian dressing as a side to about any dish I put on the table. Next chore is to start juicing and steaming for canning of juice, paste, and spaghetti sauce.
One of my favorites is making a salad out of diced tomato and avocado (and red onion if I’m feeling creative) and dressing it with salt and pepper, a little olive oil and some balsalmic.
I’m not always a fan of tomatoes – but perhaps grilling them will make them more palatable.
We slice tomatoes super thin and put them on homemade pizza with some garlic, fresh spinach and feta cheese.
I’ve got tomatoes coming out my ears right now – so I’ve been making some delicious bruschetta with the tomato, onion, and fresh basil. I ate it two nights in a row for dinner last week. Also BLT sandwiches. And slicing some, spreading a little fresh pesto on some good bread, then topping that with the tomato and some parmesan. Yum.
These look like sunshine on a plate. Perfection.
That sounds fantastic! I will be trying that some time this week.
I have never grilled tomatoes! Thank you for posting this idea. It really does look good. We like the following Tomato Yogurt Salad and the Warm Garlicky Grape Tomato Salad I made yesterday that was posted elsewhere. The flavors were excellent. Next time, however, I may not bake the tomatoes as long. Hope you enjoy these. P.S. I plan on trying the other recipes posted by followers, too. Each looks like it would be very good. Thanks to all.
TOMATO YOGURT SALAD
2 tomatoes, diced1 cucumber, thinly sliced1 stalk celery, chopped1/4 cup plain yogurt1 teaspoon creamed horseradish1/2 teaspoon honeyFreshly ground pepper to taste1 green onion, chopped
Combine all ingredients except green onion.Serve in a bed of salad greens. Sprinklegreen onion over top of salad.
Serves 4 as a side dish.
WARM GARLICKY GRAPE TOMATOES – Healthy CookingSERVINGS: 4
Ingredients: 2 cups grape tomatoes3 garlic cloves, minced1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil1/2 teaspoon salt-free garlic seasoning blend1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon pepper1 teaspoon olive oil, divided1/4 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, seasoning blend, salt and pepper. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil; toss to coat. Transfer to a 3-cup baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Combine bread crumbs and remaining oil; sprinkle over the top. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is softened and tomatoes are tender. Yield: 4 servings.
When the tomatoes are good, I like making a dish I had in a Lebanese restaurant a while ago – at least as close as I’ve been able to come to it.
2 cloves garlic minced2 large slicer-style tomatoes2 pickle-style cucumbers or 1/2 large salad-style cucumber seeded1 green pepper1/2 med onion or 1 small bunch green onionshandful fresh parsleyfew sprigs fresh basil or mintjuice of 1 lemon (plus zest if you like extra-lemony dishes)olive oil to taste – 2T to 1/3 c (i go light)
Dice veggies to uniform size (size is purely to your preferences, i’ve seen this from large bite-sizes to almost like salsa), toss together with garlic. Mince parsley and basil or mint super-fine, toss with veggies. Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil over top, toss again and serve. Even better if it’s mixed up about 20-30 mins before serving.
Also, if you can get sumac (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/powdered-sumac looks promising), you could make a vinagrette-style dressing with the lemon juice, olive oil, a little extra garlic, mint or basil, and a tsp or two of the sumac – then toss the dressing with the minced veggies. Sprinkle a little over the top for a nice garnish.
Even though I don’t have a garden large enough to grow tomatoes, I always look forward to going to my local farmers’ market and stocking up. One of my favorite dishes is one I found in Real Simple magazine – roasted tomatoes with shrimp and feta. It’s just fantastic with fresh, seasonal tomatoes. :)
I like to scoop out the insides of the tomatoes and stuff them with a ricotta/mushroom/basil mixture and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes. They are delicious.
mmmm…. great looking tomatoes. You are right Elise that with garden fresh produce picked just right, less is more. Here in Virginia I have been picking tomatoes for a few weeks, and an other very simple and tasty way to cook them is to oil a pan, cover it with halved tomatoes, strew generous amount of minced garlic and lots of basil leaves, put a second layer of halves tomatoes, drizzle olive oil, and bake in a slow oven for a couple of hours.
BTW: I have 70+ tomato plants in my garden, from cherries to paste to salad to huge heirlooms – different color and shape too! I love them all. And yes, I will be drying, canning and making sauce a lot for this winter. Last year, I only had 3 dozen plants and we ran out of sauce this past April! Can’t have THAT again.
70 plants? That’s one heck of a garden! ~Elise
I love them sliced with mayo and fresh cracked pepper. Yummy!!
Good idea…love your blog Elise, I read it everyday, here in Paris, France.My idea of recipe is cut them in half, brush with olive oil, sprinkle salt’n peppa and put in non-stick pan, skin side down, at 80 degrees for 5 hours! They’re a bit like sundried but not quite as they still have juice. Serve as an appetizer with parmesan cheese cut in squares, de-licious. You can also do them with cherry tomatoes, but leave the green sprig, easy to pick out of the platter.
Sounds great! I assume you mean 80 degrees Celsius. That would be about 176°F. ~Elise
Mmmmmmmm…I’ve also made batches of roasted tomato sauces and frozen them. But a batch of smokey grilled tomato sauce sounds way better. I’ll definitely have to try this on my new grill with any surplus tomatoes I get this year!
Try dicing up some fresh buffalo mozzarella and putting it on at the end w/ the basil. Also try adding finely diced onion for a breadless bruchetta.
Thick slice tomatoes, sprinkle with pizza seasonings, top with pepperoni slices and grated mozzarella and cheddar, then broil. But I don’t see why this wouldn’t work (right side up) on the grill if you closed the lid.
Oh my gosh… you are making me hungry! I absolutely adore grilled food of any sort (bread, meat, fruit, veggies, etc!) but tomatoes has to be at, or near, the top of the list! I love having grilled tomatoes with a crusty piece of grilled bread with olive oil and a tomato mozzarella salad. Yum! I wish I had a grill and an abundance of tomatoes!
Mmm I love tomatoes, in any shape or form. :)
Gorgeous photos. I finally had my first ripe tomato, but only one so far. This looks fabulous, and although I’ve roasted tomatoes and eaten them in a similar way, I’ve never grilled them. I think I’d like to have a little goat cheese sprinkled on them after grilling. I guess my favorite way to eat tomatoes would just be sliced tomatoes with basil vinaigrette and goat cheese, but doesn’t it seem like fresh tomatoes are so flavorful there are endless ways to use them?
Would you please have your tomatoes have a conversation with mine! It is so hard to read West Coast bounty when we are still green, green, green here in the NE. .But those do look like a great thing to try.
I love grilled tomatoes, even if its only for 2 minutes. For some reason, I just don’t enjoy a raw tomato, but after a little bit of heat, its perfect. I’m also a big fan of a little bit of stuffing (e.g. mozzarella/goat cheese, basil, gratin type of topping, etc). I also like to use slightly grilled/roasted tomatoes in salsa with other roasted veggies (e.g. a variety of peppers, corn, shallots, garlic, etc–all roasted/grilled), and like butter, salsa makes so many things that much better. ;-)
I always set some aside to make slow-roasted tomatoes (with garlic and thyme from the garden, olive oil, salt and pepper). I freeze these and have them all winter to add to sauces and soups.
A Really Good Pasta Topping
3 large or 4 medium home grown tomatos1 heaping Tbls minced fresh garlic (I REALLY like garlic)1 heaping Tbls basil (fresh and cut rolade)TT sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Bring 2-3 quarts water to boilTake tomatos and score just through skins in quarter sections and place in boiling water for 5-6 minutes or until skins just start to peel back. Remove from water and peel off skins. (use a towel)
Next, cut tomatos in half and under medium running water, remove pulp and seeds with your finger or a small spoon or butter knife (the water will help remove the seeds)
Then, coursely mash or chop tomatos and place in a saute pan over med hi heat until au sec (almost dry).
Towards the start of the cook time, add the garlic and towards the end, add the basil with salt and pepper to taste.
Top buttered or sesame oiled pasta
I grill them cut side up, with a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh sprigs of thyme.
I typically cook tomatoes provencal. I should try my recipe on the BBQ grill next time.
I want to ask why you do not season before grilling? It seems to me that the tomatoes will be tastier if you season first with sea salt, freshly grounded pepper and herbs of Provence, the put them on the grill.
Actually I did season them first. Just forgot to include that direction. Correcting now. Thanks for the reminder! ~Elise
A favorite of ours…Cut tomato in half, put on broiler pan cut side up. Spoon some basil pesto on top. Put under broiler for just a couple minutes until the pesto is bubbly and the tomato warm. Delicious!
I love your site…I’ve printed out so many recipes, it’s slightly overwhelming!
I make an amazing watermelon/tomato/feta salad – I’ll be posting the recipe later this week!
I’ve never had grilled tomatoes, but they look great :)
We slice tomatoes and put chunks of feta cheese and basil on them. We’ll season with just salt and pepper. Even the little kids devour them.
Can’t wait to try the grilled tomatoes.
This looks absolutely fabulous! I just made some baked tomatoes the other day that I was thinking would work wonderfully grilled.. You’ve just confirmed my suspicions. The basil is a very nice touch as well
As always, simply fabulous!
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