Tomatoes

So often thought of as a summer vegetable fruit, tomatoes actually improve as the summer progresses, so tomatoes bought at the beginning of autumn will have a most intense flavour. The flavour depends largely upon the variety and how the fruit has been grown and ripened: some cheap imported tomatoes are grown under plastic tunnels, picked under-ripe, then artificially ripened with ethylene gas, a plant hormone. Sun-warmed tomatoes picked straight from the vine are arguably the ideal way to enjoy tomatoes. Tomatoes are available to buy on and off the vine from supermarkets and farmers' markets.

Avocado and Tomato Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This is an easy to make salad using avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and arugula leaves. With a little extra flavour from toasted cumin seeds, lime juice and torn fresh coriander leaves you have a delicious side dish for barbecued meats or fish.

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Barberton Hot Sauce

Barberton is known for it’s fried chicken dinner which includes this tomato-rice dish called “hot sauce”. This “hot sauce” can be eaten as a dipping sauce or a side dish.

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Caprese Salad – Insalata Caprese

This is a quick and easy recipe that can be served as an appetiser, side dish, or main meal.

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Crumbed Green Tomatoes

These wonderful Southern-fried green tomatoes make a great side dish for summer. Flour, egg, and breadcrumbs turn into a coating that sticks steadfastly to green tomato slices and becomes perfectly crisp and light when fried. It’s hard to improve upon a tomato slice fried this way, but you might like to melt a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each tomato round.

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Escalivada – Catalan Roasted Vegetables

Escalivada is a typical preparation of Catalan cuisine that consists of several types of grilled vegetables, such as eggplants, sweet red peppers, red tomatoes, and sweet onions. Once well cooked on the grill, those vegetables are peeled and sliced in strips, the seeds removed, and seasoned with olive oil and salt, and sometimes with garlic as well.

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Gazpacho Andaluz – Andalusian Cold Tomato Soup

Gazpacho is a cold tomato soup from Andalusia, Spain. Centuries ago, gazpacho was made with nothing more than bread, garlic, salt, olive oil, vinegar, and water.

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Indian Tomato Omelette

A tomato omelette is a breakfast dish in South India. It is referred to as an omelette, but contains no egg. The main ingredient is chickpea flour or besan.

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Israeli Salad

Israeli salad is made of chopped raw tomato, onion and cucumber, and can also include pepper, carrot, spring onion (scallion), leafy greens and parsley. The salad is dressed with either fresh lemon juice or olive oil, or both.

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Italian Tomato Pie

The basic recipe for tomato pie calls for a thick, porous, focaccia-like dough covered with tomato sauce, which is sprinkled with grated Romano cheese.

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Marinara Sauce

Marinara (mariner’s) sauce is a southern Italian tomato sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, onions and sometimes seafood. However, its many variations can include the addition of capers, olives and spices. Traditional southern Italian cuisine uses this sauce to add flavour to pasta, rice, seafood and pizza. This easy marinara sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce such as with our Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders.

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Pa amb Tomaquet – Catalan Tomato Bread

Pa amb tomàquet or pa amb oli consists of bread — optionally toasted — with tomato rubbed over and seasoned with olive oil and salt. Sometimes garlic is rubbed on the bread before rubbing in the tomato. In many Catalan restaurants, the tomato mixture is pre-made and is brushed on the bread.

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Pappa al Pomodoro – Tuscan Bread and Tomato Soup

Pappa al pomodoro is a traditional thick Tuscan soup typically prepared with fresh tomatoes, stale or leftover bread, olive oil, garlic, basil, and various other fresh ingredients. It can be served hot, room temperature, or chilled.

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Pebre – Chilean Tomato, Coriander and Chilli Salsa

Pebre is a Chilean condiment made of coriander, chopped onion, olive oil, garlic and ground or pureed spicy aji peppers. If you add chopped tomatoes it is called chancho en piedra. Pebre is most commonly used on bread. It is also used on meat, or when meat such as Choripán is provided in a bread roll.

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Potato, Green Bean, and Plum Tomato Side Dish

This is a wonderful side dish that complements any grilled meat meal. Try it at your next family barbecue or dinner party with guests.

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Rhubarb and Ginger Chutney

Rhubarb and Ginger chutney is a perfectly sweet and spicy accompaniment for cold meat and salads.

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