Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cherry Tomatoes

Is there anything better than a fresh tomato?

Truth: during the winter, I do not eat 'fresh' tomatoes. I do not buy them at the store and I pick them off my salads. Though I order them on my turkey sub throughout the cold months, to see caprese on a menu in January makes me shudder.

And then summer comes, and I'm in love. This week's share included a beautiful pint of sweet cherry tomatoes. I sliced them in half, seeded them, and placed them in my serving bowl with 1 small-ish clove of minced garlic and 1/4 cup of olive oil. I drained my gnocchi, cooked only to al dente (about 6 minutes for my frozen bunch from the Nisky Co-op). I poured them into the bowl, tossed through, then added torn basil and chopped fresh mozzarella. I let it sit for 5 minutes, and the gnocchi slurped up all the good sweet juice from the tomatoes. Heaven. All in all, the perfect 15 minute lunch.


  1. This looks awesome and may just be simple enough for me to try. Thanks!

  2. There is nothing worse than to see the Caprese on restaurant menus all year long. I agree. It's revolting.

    I want to meet the person who orders that in January and try to change their minds.

  3. @SavedandDelivered - it was a cinch and tasted utterly gourmet. Let me know how it turns out!

    @The Profusser - I tried your seeded tomato juice with lemon juice this weekend, while processing our 30 lbs. It was as you described it - Summer in a Glass. Such a thing cannot be experienced in January.