Tomatoes are an incredibly versatile superfood – no matter how you eat them, they are full of powerful antioxidants, provide a healthy dose of lycopene, and are a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C!
Such a healthy (and delicious!) food calls for exciting ways to serve and prepare it for friends and family, so we consulted our expert chef and came up with 14 unique ways to eat Tomatoes!
Satisfy every Tomato Lover with these 14 creative ways to prepare and serve fresh Tomatoes.
Mix it Up in the Kitchen With 14 Unique Ways to Prepare Tomatoes
- Pasta Sauce
- Dry Spice Rub
- Pan Seared
Take your Beefsteak Tomatoes or Tomatoes-on-the-Vine to the next level by stuffing them! Slice your Tomatoes in half horizontally, and scoop out the pulp and seeds. You can then stuff them with breadcrumbs, cheese, and herbs, and bake them to perfection! For a fun recipe with a bit more finesse, try making a Beefsteak Caprese Hasselback!
Grilled fresh Tomatoes are great for topping off your chicken burgers or eating as a side. Grilling your Beefsteak Tomatoes or Tomatoes-on-the-Vine will give them a richer flavor – just don’t forget to brush them with olive oil and any desired seasoning before you put them on the barbecue!
Skewers are a party hit that always taste as good as they look. You can easily add TOMZ® Snacking Tomatoes to your skewers to add a healthy pop of delicious Tomato flavor. Need some inspiration? Try our Rosemary Cherry Skewers recipe – it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Homemade pasta sauce is a favorite in many households, and there’s nothing better than pasta sauce made from fresh Tomatoes! It’s quick and simple process to blend up Roma Tomatoes and add them to your sauce mixture. For a richer flavor, try roasting them before blending.
If you’ve got the time and the resources, we recommend dehydrating your Tomatoes to create a delicious dry spice rub! Put your Tomatoes in a dehydrator overnight, and once they’re done, blend them up with your savory spices – you’ll create a custom dry spice rub to accent all of your favorite meals.
Ever tried sweet Tomato jam? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! We recommend trying our Green Tomato and Blueberry Jam recipe – you won’t be disappointed with this fresh, flavorful spread!
A super simple way to enjoy TOMZ® Snacking Tomatoes is to pan sear them! Gently heat them up in a frying pan with olive oil and any desired seasoning until their skin is slightly blistered. Serve them as a delicious side dish, or as a topping for a cooked fish fillet!
A great way to preserve your TOMZ® Cherry Tomatoes is by pickling them – all you have to do is pack them tight into a jar, mix in your boiled pickling brine, and refrigerate! The fruit’s flavor will only improve with age, and you’ll have delicious Tomatoes to enjoy for up to two months! Find full instructions for pickling your Cherry Tomatoes here.
If you’re looking for a spicy rub for your weekend barbecue lineup, make sure you add fresh Tomatoes-on-the-Vine to your shopping list! Our Saucy Wings recipe gives step by step instructions on how to make a delicious Tomato-based marinade that will have everyone licking their lips.
If you’ve got a cast-iron skillet handy, Fried Green Tomatoes are a Southern favorite that you need to try. Coating your sliced Green Tomatoes in a breadcrumb mixture and frying them in oil, you’ll create a delicious snack that’s crusty on the outside, but incredibly tangy and juicy on the inside! We’ve all got to indulge once in a while.
If you want to add something different to your favorite cold pasta dish, try marinated Cocktail Tomatoes! Mixing your quartered Tomatoes with red onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and fresh herbs and spices is a simple and delicious way to get your daily dose of lycopene. Check out our Marinated Tomatoes recipe for a full ingredients list!
Nothing beats a hearty bowl of soup! Much like pasta sauce, blend up your roasted Tomatoes-on-the-Vine with vegetables like onion and celery. Add any desired seasoning as you let the soup simmer and cook. Within 20 minutes, you’ll have a flavorful batch of homemade Tomato soup to enjoy – check out our full recipe here.
For those ketchup connoisseurs who want to try their hand at making the condiment from scratch, make sure you pick up some Tomatoes-on-the-Vine from the store on your next grocery run! You’ll be able to make a sweet and tasty pint of homemade ketchup with this easy recipe.
We saved the best (and easiest) for last – eating raw Tomatoes is by far the most nutritious way to enjoy this fresh fruit. Eat them as an on-the-go snack, toss them into a light salad, or slice them up and put them on a sandwich – it’s hard to beat that fresh-from-the-garden, raw Tomato taste.
Do you have even more creative ways to eat Tomatoes?
Make sure you check out our Tomato Lover’s Guide to Every Type of Tomato – you’ll be able to choose the best Tomato type that fits your every need!
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