An Abundance of Tomatoes with Recipe Ideas

This has been the best year I have ever had for tomatoes, thanks to my friend Bonnie H who advised me on what I was doing wrong.  Mostly it had to do with sunlight, and getting more of it to the plants.  Anyway, this year has seen a bounty of tomatoes, so much so we were having trouble keeping up!

August in the Garden at

Small sweet cherry tomatoes, medium red heirlooms sit alongside Cherokee purples and a couple of big red beefsteaks.  These are all so flavorful, left on the vine as long as possible.  Two days of picking ripe ones and I have a full plate piled high.

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Cherokee Purples aren’t the prettiest tomatoes, but oh, what flavor!!

Cherokee Purple Tomato at

So, what to do with them.  A Caprese salad with yellow and red heirloom tomatoes is a delicious way to showcase thick meaty slices, as I talked about in my post on Heirloom Tomatoes. These green plates were donated back to the thrift store some time ago, and I have regretted that ever since! If they ever show up again, I am buying them back.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Or just use the heirloom red ones with lots of fresh basil and fresh mozzarella.

September in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Add avocado slices to the stack, and top with fresh cracked black pepper and a bold smoked salt for an extra dimension of flavor.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

You can only eat so many salads, LOL, so try my recipe for Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad Wrap recipe. I entered this one in the State Fair a few years ago, but I got too nervous while preparing it and put in too much dressing.

Chipotle Avocado Egg Salad at From My Carolina Home

Tomato sandwiches with thick slices of multiple varieties, sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

Yes, I made another tomato pie.  See my post Carole’s Tomato Pie, or just download the pdf recipe – Carole’s Tomato Pie

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With more large ones ripening a day or two later, I roasted a pan full of thick slices.  See how I do that on this post – End of the Garden Tomatoes.   I found this idea in a charming little book Simple Pleasures of the Garden.  This time I roasted at 200º for 8 hours on a cookie sheet instead of a rack, then packed them into my old Ball jar (see that post for some interesting history) and topped them with olive oil.  I stored the jar in the refrigerator.  A few days later, I used them on a fresh pizza.  Beginning with a refrigerated pizza crust dough, I pre-baked it for 8 minutes, then began topping it with goodies.  These tomatoes have such an intense flavor, they are all that is needed as a sauce base.

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I topped them with dollops of ricotta, fresh mushrooms, fresh basil, and fresh spinach.

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Adding a good amount of mozzarella and some cooked bacon, I baked the pizza until it was hot, the cheese was melted, and the crust was brown.

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Yum!!  Fresh and delicious, and good the next day too.

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The rest of the roasted tomatoes will be used in my Chicken Stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes, substituting my fresh roasted ones for the sun dried ones in the recipe.

Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken | From My Carolina Home

Try my One Dish Italian Meal with a base of fresh spinach topped with a mixture of hot pasta, sausage and fresh tomato.

One Dish Italian Meal at

Or my other go-to fast meal, Quick Italian Dinner.  Just a few ingredients, and on the table in under half an hour.  One note, I have had to close comments on posts that are older as I’ve been getting a tremendous amount of spammers lately on those.

Quick Italian Dinner ~From My Carolina Home

Last weekend I saw a fun idea on a Japanese show on Netflix (Midnight Diner), so I had to try it.  Wrap cherry tomatoes with bacon, put them on skewers and grill.  Oh my!!

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And then, there is My Sweet Babboo’s favorite way to eat fresh tomatoes, bruschetta!  For mine, I toast the bread first, top with chopped fresh tomatoes and fresh basil, drizzle with garlic flavor olive oil, top with parmesan and broil until the cheese melts and starts to brown.  Yum!!

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How do you like to eat fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmer’s market?

Check out these books for more delicious ideas to use tomatoes –
Simple Pleasures of the Garden,
Bread, Tomato, Garlic Quick Cooking with 3 Main Ingredients,
The Good Cook’s Book of Tomatoes,
The Tomato Basket,
Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil Simple Pleasures of Growing and Cooking Your Garden’s Most Versatile Vegetable,
Tomatomania!: A Fresh Approach to Celebrating Tomatoes in the Garden and in the Kitchen and
The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World’s Most Beautiful Fruit
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18 thoughts on “An Abundance of Tomatoes with Recipe Ideas

  1. i love to roast cherry tomatoes with just garlic and olive oil….roast until a bit charred and they get smoky sweet….then cool, spread on crackers….way better than potato chips!

  2. Nancy Bekedam

    So many great tomato ideas here, Carole! We made salsa out of our homegrown tomatoes last evening.

  3. Wish I had enough sun in the yard to grow any vegetables! But we have a farm stand with yummy things 10 minutes from our house, so we have been making weekly visits lately. The other day I needed to use up some bits and bobs of things, so made a salad of tomatoes, cukes and red onion. My husband doesn’t like vinegar dressings, so I just drizzled with olive oil and a bit of kosher salt. And fresh herbs from my herb tub, which is limping along. Made a lovely side salad with our hamburger steaks and corn and fresh green beans. I need to get a little more adventurous with cooking, once the temps go down.

  4. Marsha

    You should try Pricilla Blain’s yard sauce. It is a great way to use up lots of tomatoes when you have too many and make a pasta sauce that is so very good. She has a blog post and a YouTube. I am going to try your tomato pie.

  5. Those look yummy Carole! I’m going to try one of your Italian recipes, they look to be a nice change. 🙂 Our tomatoes are starting to really come on, now, too. We are enjoying sliced tomatoes with most meals, BLT’s, and tacos, but the majority are going into the pot, seived, and partially cooked down on cooler days, then frozen. As soon as the heat breaks, I’ll thaw everything and start reducing it down to sauce.

  6. Bonnie Coleman

    I’m definitely trying your egg wraps!! My granddaughter has chicken houses for the eggs and brings me all the double yolks I can eat! They are super high in nutrients and so tasty! Thanks for sharing this! Bonnie in GA

  7. Joan Sheppard

    I’m digging up the plants now and hoping next year we actually get tomatoes. Neighbor has an “Italian” garden, fresh spices, 4 different kinds of tomatoes, figs, a bunch of stuff. I can almost smell the bruschetta. And your tomato pie is still the best thing EVER – like Chicken Soup for the Summer. Looking forward to watching “Midnight Diner”. Is it dubbed, in English, subtitles?
    Thanks for all the good food for thought.

  8. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, Oh my goodness, you have my taste buds yearning for fresh tomatoes! Our garden was a total flop this year. Kevin thought he had the soil back up to a good quality, but only a few items came up and even they did so poorly, he gave up completely. Thankfully, we have enough Farmers Markets with in a few short miles that buying is no problem.
    I look forward to trying quite a few more of your recipes this go round. For one, your method of using tomatoes for your pizza sauce. Kevin makes a delicious pizza, but does use a store bought sauce and a homemade one would be so much tastier! Your Chicken Stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes looks and sounds delicious also, I may use that tonight actually. Since all of the company has left and as long as my headache does not increase to the point of no return again tonight. LOL. Amazing how the fabulous activity and chatter of two toddler girls along with four extra adults all talking and having fun can create havoc on my brain. LOL, These headaches are well worth it, though!
    Thank you for sharing this delicious post, Carole! Have a wonderful day!

  9. spicingupidaho

    It is so exciting to have a bounty of tomatoes! I can mine, and find that I can then use the sauce in a bunch of different recipes from making salsa, marinara, spaghetti, pizza sauce etc. I just love all the fresh ideas you shared, but my favorite for fresh tomatoes is caprese salad, oh yum! All your recipes looked very yummy 🙂

  10. We were given a few tomato plants, but only one has produced tomatoes. We are completely under-whelmed. Thankfully, there is a good farm stand close by. Your photos are fantastic.

  11. kathyinozarks

    Nice post with recipes-thanks Carole Lucky you getting tomatoes so dry and hot here that the wildlife are eating all the tomatoes-sigh

  12. thedarlingdogwood

    So many delicious options!!!! I don’t have a garden but earlier this week our neighbor brought us a plate full of cherry tomatoes. I made a pasta salad with cheese tortellini, the tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, plus a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper. So yummy! Now I want to try your wrap in bacon and put on the grill skewers!

  13. Nothing beats the flavour of fresh home grown tomatoes. Glad to see you have a good crop this year.
    I just like to eat them like an apple!

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