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You say tomato, I say tomahto

Posted on November 12, 2010 by in vegetarian

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I love Louis Amstrong and I love tomatoes, amongst so many other things, but today we’re talking tomatoes. Now what does Louis Amstrong and Tomatoes have in common you might ask? Remember the refrain:


You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto, Let’s call the whole thing off
But oh, if we call the whole thing off
Then we must part And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart. I love tomatoes in all shapes, colors and sizes. I like them raw, cooked, baked, pureed, souped, stewed, sliced, diced and if it is a really good farm fresh tomato, I will eat it whole, like an apple!  No wonder then that I have made so many tomato recipes  here at My Easy Cooking HQ. Tomato Tarts, soups, sauces and salads. No wonder the Aztecs called  it “the fruit of the gods!”

Tomatoes are the most awarding things to grow and nothing beats picking a juicy tomato from your own garden and eating it with just a sprinkling of salt and pepper. If you do not have a garden, tomatoes grow just as well in containers, so really there is no excuse for not sharing the utter joy with me. I was treated to a whole basket full of cocktail tomatoes on Tuesday when my parents popped in for a visit and a homecooked lunch of Lamb Curry and Samp!
To me, a whole basket of tamotoes mean a whole basket filled with promises and possibilities of delicious things to bake and cook! My all time favorite tomato recipe has to be this Bread Salad or Panzanella I made a while back. If you want to real flavor of your tomatoes to come through in your recipe, this is the way to go! It is filling and has kind of a surprse element to it too! I made individual salads this time and with the grilled Sticky Chicken it was an absolute delightful meal!!

Bread  and Tomato Salad Recipe

Ingredients

6 Italian Rolls
extra virgin olive oil – the best you have and lots of it.
400 gr fresh cocktail tomatoes – halved
1 big or two medium kumato tomatoes – halved
sun-dried tomatoes
fresh mint and basil
fresh rocket
salt/pepper
pinch of sugar
2 cloves garlic – unpeeled

Method.

Placed the halved cocktail tomatoes on a pan, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and slow roast until done. Cut a lid off each roll and hollow it out, leaving a thin layer of bread on the crust. Use the centre of the rolls and cut into chunks. Drizzle with olive oil and together with the 2 cloves of garlic, roast the croutons in the oven until they are golden and grispy. You just want the hint of the garlic, so keep it whole. When the croutons and the slow-roasted tomatoes are ready, mix it with all the other ingredients and add more olive oil before you stuff the bread with the salad. Place the lids back on and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour for the flavors to mingle and develop and the bread to absorb lovely oilive oil “dressing.” If you prefer the rolls hot, sprinkle some grated Mozarella over the top and pop in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

 

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9 Responses to “You say tomato, I say tomahto”

  1. P 12 November 2010 at 11:33 am #

    I like potato and Tomahto but I love you. What a lekka meal last night. Not as hot as the neighbours house that burnt down…just right!!Can't wait for the week end!!-the HUSBAND

  2. La Table De Nana 12 November 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    I just did a little Tomato tomawto post so this caught my eye..So happy I visited.Love the presentations..so so pretty and they look delicious.

  3. Marisa 12 November 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    What a great presentation idea!

  4. bellini valli 12 November 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I absolutely love that hubbie commments on your blog Nina. It shows that enjoying good food and sharing in the kitchen really is a family affair,

  5. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 13 November 2010 at 12:44 am #

    Beautiful presentation, Nina! I am envious of your spring and fresh tomatoes.

  6. myfrenchkitchen 14 November 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    What lovely and original tomato salads, Nina…outside by the pool with a glass of rosé wine…summer in December…friends…family. Not fair – you make me wish for summer!!!
    bisous
    Ronelle

  7. Ben 14 November 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    My dad just planted a bunch of tomato plants, this is an idea I will keep in mind for when they start to harvest them. Yum!

  8. My Carolina Kitchen 15 November 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I adore tomatoes and this recipe sounds fantastic.

    I am so excited that I am able to leave a comment today. The last several times I've dropped by the "leave a comment" box wouldn't open for me. I am a big subscriber to the "never give up" idea.
    Sam

  9. Cleo Pascal 28 December 2010 at 6:48 am #

    I'm one of those who are guilty of eating tomatoes raw! More often than not, I eat it together with my main meals. Apart from having a holistic health and healing diet, I just prefer eating tomatoes raw. But of course, cooked or baked ones are just as delicious.

    Above all, having a natural health and healing lifestyle is indeed rewarding.


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