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.

3 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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