September feels late to be talking about fresh tomatoes, but I have seen so many tomato plants in home gardens nearby that are still bursting with green and ripening red tomatoes. With all of those tomatoes though, we need great tomato recipes to use them.
We recently had a 7.5 pound cherry tomato haul. While frantically searching for ways to use up the tasty red gems before they went bad, I posted a question on Instagram Stories asking for ideas and you guys came through! We tried some of the suggestions, and turned to our cookbooks when we still had more. By focusing on recipes we could make with tomatoes and letting the ingredient guide the recipes we chose led us to so many delicious recipes that we may not have tried otherwise. It opened our eyes to recipes that we will definitely make again, even if we have to buy the tomatoes.
In case you are trying to find new ways to use up the last of your summer tomatoes, or just want to break out of a rut and try a fresh recipe, here are 10 tomato recipes to explore.
Salsa/Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo is one of my favorite ways to use fresh tomatoes in the summer. It keeps them cold and fresh with tasty ingredients and makes a great appetizer or topping for tacos or burrito bowls, which are common in our house.
This dish has always been in heavy rotation in our house, but usually when it gets a little cooler. While not as well known as others on the list, shakshuka, or eggs cooked in delicious tomato sauce, is one of our favorites. Two of our go-to recipes are this one and this one from My Name is Yeh (we also love the variation in Molly’s cookbook). We like to add kale, which cooks down well and soaks up all of the delicous flavors. Definitely don’t skip the hummus!
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
If there are resources to always trust in the food world, Smitten Kitchen is at the top. This recipe for slow roasted tomatoes takes a while (hence, slow-roasted) but is very hands-off. It is great to make on a Sunday night and have on hand for lunch and dinner during the week. We were shocked at how much flavor the tomatoes had after roasting for so long. Another plus, your house will smell amazing :) If you have less time on hand, these charred cherry tomatoes seem like they would be similar.
Tomato Cobbler or Caramelized Onion Blue Cheese Biscuits with Roasted Tomatoes
The combination of flavors in this dish is incredible. Caramelized onions, blue cheese, and sweet roasted tomatoes with fluffy biscuits make for great dinner sandwiches, or the lazy version, a tomato cobbler. To make tomato cobbler, use the same recipe but after about 15-20 minutes of cooking the tomatoes, top them with the biscuit dough and bake for another 12-18 minutes, until the biscuits are golden. Allow it to cool 10-15 minutes before serving.
Lots of people suggested making tomato sauce to save for later and use for pasta or meatballs. Gimme Some Oven always has good simple sauces like this one, and this tomato spread looks good too.
We made homemade pizza a few weeks ago and had so much fun! We followed this crust and ultimately just did what we wanted with the toppings. We each “decorated” our own pie and fresh tomatoes and basil were a delicious addition to both. We had so much fun that Will’s mom used the idea last time I visited and hosted a big make-your-own pizza party, including dough tossing!
Tomato pie is a Southern dish if there ever was one. Tomatoes, cheese, and herbs in a pie crust? Yes, please. If you’ve never had it, do yourself a favor and use this recipe for your end of season tomatoes. It is hard to find anyone who doesn’t like it.
Caprese is one of my favorite ways to use fresh tomatoes. Earlier this summer we tried one with peaches and I never want to make it without them now. We added a dressing of lemon, thyme, garlic and olive oil from one of our favorite cookbooks, Love and Lemons Every Day which, while so simple, took it up a notch.
Frittatas are just baked omelettes. You can fill them with anything you want, including lots of fresh tomatoes. It is difficult to mess up a frittata, but this recipe and this recipe are both good guidelines for a basic frittata formula. Whip up some eggs, throw in your veggies of choice, add some herbs and garlic, top it with cheese, and you really can’t go wrong.
Summer Thyme Pasta
This dish is so easy and amazingly fresh. It would be perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you are short on time. Mix in some zucchini noodles for a lighter take and some added veggie power.
A few quick, easy bonuses: Crostini, bruschetta, and the classic tomato sandwich or BLT.
Did I miss your favorite way to use tomatoes? Leave it in the comments!