- How to Slice and Chop Tomatoes
- Red beefsteak tomatoes
- Green beefsteak tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cocktail tomatoes
- Roma tomatoes
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Tomatoes on the vine
- Season, selecting, storing
- Sandwich Tomato Varieties: Good Slicing Tomatoes To Grow In The Garden
- Types of Tomatoes for Burgers and Sandwiches
- Sandwich Tomato Varieties
- The Best Tomato Varieties
- 1. Celebrities
- 2. Black Cherry Tomato
- 3. Brandywine
- 4. Chocolate Stripes
- 5. Beef Steak
- 6. Blondkopfchen
- 7. Black Krim
- 8. Azoychka
- 9. Amana Orange
- 10. Delicious
- 11. Dixie Golden Giant
- 12. Cherokee Purple
- 13. Better Boy
- 14. Green Zebra
- 15. Early Girl
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How to Slice and Chop Tomatoes
Learn how to slice and chop tomatoes like a pro with these quick knife tricks. Use a pairing knife to core the tomato and a serrated or chef’s knife to get even slices. This will ensure you get uniform pieces every time. 1. To slice a tomato, use a paring knife to remove the stem and core (where the stem meets the top of the tomato). Be careful when removing the stem to remove as little of the tomato as possible. Only remove as much tomato as required to completely remove the stem and any green skin that surrounds the stem. 2. Place the tomato on a cutting board with the stem end towards your hand. Use a serrated knife to cut the tomato into slices of equal thickness. 3. To chop or dice a tomato, stack the tomato slices, and slice them into strips. If you want a very small dice of tomato, make the slices close together. If you want large chopped pieces, you probably only need to cut a few slices. 4. Turn the stack of tomatoes a quarter turn and slice the tomato into small pieces. 5. To slice a Roma or Plum tomato into round slices, place the tomato on the cutting board with the stem end on your right or left-hand side. Then cut the tomato into round slices, starting at the end opposite the stem end. Get the Recipe: Stuffed Banana Peppers
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<p>1. To slice a tomato, use a paring knife to remove the stem and core (where the stem meets the top of the tomato). Be careful when removing the stem to remove as little of the tomato as possible. Only remove as much tomato as required to completely remove the stem and any green skin that surrounds the stem.</p> <p> </p> <p>2. Place the tomato on a cutting board with the stem end towards your hand. Use a serrated knife to cut the tomato into slices of equal thickness.</p> <p>3. To chop or dice a tomato, stack the tomato slices, and slice them into strips. If you want a very small dice of tomato, make the slices close together. If you want large chopped pieces, you probably only need to cut a few slices.</p> <p>4. Turn the stack of tomatoes a quarter turn and slice the tomato into small pieces.</p> <p>5. To slice a Roma or Plum tomato into round slices, place the tomato on the cutting board with the stem end on your right or left-hand side. Then cut the tomato into round slices, starting at the end opposite the stem end.</p> <p> </p>
I had my first slaw-‘mato sandwich in 2006, on a summer trip to see my Memaw and Papaw in Blairsville, GA. Walking through a downtown summer festival I passed a tomato-and-coleslaw sandwich stand. To be clear, it was less a “stand” and more a “folding table covered by a vinyl tablecloth next to a Chrysler PT Cruiser charity raffle.” While I did not win a PT Cruiser that day, the gift I received was far more valuable. The couple making sandwiches behind that folding table gave me the first of what would quickly become my favorite summer sandwich—a delicious enhancement of the summer classic tomato-and-mayo number.
As I handed the wife a dollar, the husband set to work assembling my sandwich. On a decidedly non-sustainable styrofoam plate, he laid two slices of industrial white bread, slapped down a layer of mayo, and nestled a generous tomato disc on top. Moving quickly, he scooped on some fine-cut creamy coleslaw, lightly sprinkled some salt and pepper, and dashed on some Texas Pete hot sauce before closing the sandwich. He passed it over to me with some paper towels and a warning, “Move quickly; that won’t last.”
He wasn’t wrong, on two counts. Yes, the coleslaw and tomato juices immediately penetrated the soft white bread and made those paper towels deeply necessary. But also? I inhaled that sandwich. I immediately ordered another and watched his sandwich building technique more closely. Turns out, these people weren’t food professionals—they just grew lots of tomatoes in their garden every summer and came down to the festival to share their favorite treat with their neighbors.
Summer, but make it a sandwich.
Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Erika Joyce
The first time I had a slaw-‘mato sandwich, I assumed it was a summer treat widely-beloved by all, but new to me. But when I searched for “tomato coleslaw sandwich,” and every possible iteration of that phrase, I came back with nothing. Had these sandwich geniuses invented a perfect summer delicacy on their own? Did I imagine that entire interaction? Had I entertained tomato angels without realizing it? And where did they get the idea to put coleslaw on a tomato sandwich, anyway? Sure, Carolina-style BBQ sandwiches get topped with slaw, but still, this broke whole new boundaries.
Though I can’t thank them by name, I honor the work of these sandwich pioneers by making as many slaw-‘mato sandwiches as I can, for as long as I can, each summer. My humble requests as you make your own tomato coleslaw sandwiches:
1. Find the best tomatoes you can. I’m talking big slices of beautiful heirloom tomatoes. No halved cherry tomatoes. The magic of this sandwich only works when tomatoes are at their peak and the weather is hot. Please don’t try and force this in the winter.
2. Don’t get fancy with the bread. Ideally, it’s soft white bread with crusts that are distinguishable from the rest of the slice only in color. Whole grains have no place here.
3. Make your own slaw. This sandwich is so damn simple, you owe it to yourself to make the slaw. In my mind, the slaw should be creamy and chopped fine, but I’m open. If you don’t already have a favorite slaw, check out our very own Anna Stockwell’s handy guide to making coleslaw without a recipe.
I find that slaw-‘mato sandwiches pair well with something salty and crunchy, like a mountain of thin-cut potato chips. But they don’t pack well, and would make an awful beach lunch. After all, these are treats with a time limit. A tomato-coleslaw sandwich is special for the same reasons summer is. You wait all year for it, there’s a very short window of time in which to enjoy it, and when it’s gone—you just want more.
Tomatoes come in all different shapes and sizes, making them one of the more versatile fruits to cook with. Plus, they can be served hot or cold.
Tomatoes pack a hefty dose of vitamin C and adding them to your diet is an easy way to boost nutrient intake. Luckily for our immune system, there are few things you can’t do with tomatoes in the kitchen. Without tomatoes, we wouldn’t have beloved classics like marinara sauce or homemade salsa, but there’s a lot more you can do with this fruit.
For example, add them to Caprese salad or balsamic chicken, and use them as a garnish on these butternut squash tacos. From pureeing to chopping to grilling or roasting, tomatoes bring a fresh flavor to sauces and they also taste great as a stand-alone snack.
Here’s more info about how to shop them and the different types:
Red beefsteak tomatoes
This is your traditional tomato — large, plump, and round. You might slice them up for burgers and sandwiches or even grill them. Their flavor is mild but classic. Heirloom tomatoes are technically a type of beefsteak tomato.
Green beefsteak tomatoes
Very similar to red beefsteak tomatoes, but they are green and taste more tart, whereas the red variety brings more of the traditional tomato flavor profile.
These are small and round like the shape of cherries, and they taste sweeter the beefsteak tomatoes. They work great in salads, on skewers for grilling or snacking, and in Caprese salad. You can find them in yellow and orange as well as red. They can be confused with grape tomatoes which are also small and bite-size. However, they’re more oval and slightly tangier (though still sweet). Both varieties also usually the biggest hit with kids.
These are small and round tomatoes but are larger than a grape or cherry tomato (more like golf ball size). They have a similar flavor as the classic red beefsteak tomato but can be richer.
This variety is medium to larger in size, but more of an oval shape than a round shape, and a nice balance of both sweet and tangy. You might also see them referred to as plum tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are a popular choice for canning because of how firm they are and their lower water content compared to other varieties.
Heirloom tomatoes bring more of an earthy flavor to the table and their sweetness can vary. What makes them unique from other tomatoes is that they’re grown in an open-pollination setting without human intervention and their seeds have been preserved and passed down.
Tomatoes on the vine
Just as the name suggests, these are tomato clusters that are still on the vine. They hold their moisture well and usually taste pretty fresh.
Season, selecting, storing
According to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), tomato season peaks from July to October, but you can also find them in April, May, and November. When shopping for tomatoes, look for bright skin. You want them to feel full and heavy; that’s a sign of juicy tomatoes. If you smell the blossom end, you may also notice a robust tomato smell — another good sign. Of course, blemishes and wrinkled skin are bad signs.
As far as storing tomatoes, refrigeration and cold storage will slow the ripening process (best for just ripe or overripe tomatoes) while leaving them on the counter will speed it up. So if you need to ripen your tomatoes, leave them on the counter for a few days. If storing in the fridge, remove a few days before eating so they can return to room temp. This affects the enzyme activity that impacts the flavor.
Sandwich Tomato Varieties: Good Slicing Tomatoes To Grow In The Garden
Almost everyone likes a tomato in one way or another and for Americans it’s often on a burger or possible a sandwich. There are tomatoes for all kinds of uses from those perfect for making into sauce and tomatoes ideal for slicing. What tomatoes are best for burgers and sandwiches? Slicing tomatoes…read on to learn more.
Types of Tomatoes for Burgers and Sandwiches
Everyone has their favorite tomato and, because we all have our own personal taste, the type of tomato you use on your burger is your business. That said, most people are of the opinion that slicing tomatoes versus paste or Roma tomatoes are the ideal sandwich tomato varieties.
Tomatoes for slicing tend to be large, meaty and juicy – the better to go with a ¼-pound of beef. Because slicing tomatoes are large, they slice well and can cover a bun or slice of bread easily.
Sandwich Tomato Varieties
Again, the best tomatoes for slicing are dictated by your taste buds, but the following varieties have been listed as favorites:
- Brandywine – Brandywine is likely the hands-down favorite, the original large pink beefsteak tomato. It is also available in red, yellow and black, but the original pink Brandywine is the most popular.
- Mortgage Lifter – One of my favorites is Mortgage Lifter, named after the developer of this big beauty who used the profits from the sale of his tomato plants to pay off his mortgage.
- Cherokee Purple – Cherokee Purple is an heirloom that is thought to have come from the Cherokee Indians. This large dark red tomato tinged with purplish/green is a sweet accompaniment to burgers and BLT’s.
- Beefsteak – Beefsteak is an old standby. An heirloom with large, ribbed fruit that is meaty and juicy, and a perfect tomato for slicing and just plain eating with or without the bread!
- Black Krim – The Black Krim is yet another heirloom slicing tomato, a bit smaller than those above, but with a rich, smoky/salty flavor.
- Green Zebra – For something a little different, try slicing up a Green Zebra, named for its green stripes backlit by a golden yellow base. The flavor of this heirloom is tangy rather than sweet, a nice change and a gorgeous color.
Not all slicing tomatoes need be heirlooms. There are also some hybrids that lend themselves deliciously as sandwich tomatoes. Try slicing up a Big Beef, Steak Sandwich, Red October, Buck’s County, or Porterhouse on your next burger or sandwich creation.
The sun is shining, the garden is growing, and the temperatures are rising. It is summer time again. This is a great time of year.
But not just because of all of the canning and preserving that goes on during this time.
For me, it is because of all of the fresh tomatoes that hang on the vine waiting to be preserved, eaten, or turned into the best tomato sandwich (which is a personal favorite of mine.)
However, in order to grow enough tomatoes to fulfill everything you want to do with them, you need to be aware of the best varieties to grow.
So that is where this post comes in. I’m going to share with you some of the best tomato varieties that will hopefully help you to boost your tomato harvest this year.
The Best Tomato Varieties
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We started growing Celebrities a couple of years ago. My husband is a technician so he gets to meet a lot of people through his job.
Well, he was at a gentleman’s house, and they began talking about his garden. The guy kept telling him how well his tomatoes were doing, and we were actually struggling with our tomatoes a little that year.
So the gentleman told him the only variety he planted were Celebrities. After looking at them, my husband said that was going to be the main variety we plant from that point forward.
And that is what we’ve done. If you are unfamiliar with a Celebrity tomato, they are a red tomato that is very round and full. They usually weigh about a half pound a piece.
Needless to say, they make some wonderful tomato sandwiches.
2. Black Cherry Tomato
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This is a unique tomato if I’ve ever seen one. It is a cherry tomato that is black in color.
Now, I’ll tell you upfront, I’ve always had great luck with cherry tomatoes. It seems that very little can take these guys down.
Actually, I have to be careful when I plant them because each year I’ll have a bunch of volunteers that come back to my garden and produce very heavily.
Which means I end up with a lot of tomatoes!
So if you are looking for a smaller tomato that would be good to can whole or add to your salad, then you might want to consider this variety.
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Brandywine tomatoes are another personal favorite variety of mine. If you’ve eaten a tomato, then you’ve probably tasted a Brandywine.
But if not, they are a large tomato. They grow to be large and round and are kind of meaty for a tomato. They have a unique pink tone to them as well.
Yet, they are said to be some of the best-tasting tomatoes in popular opinion.
Because of their large size, they are another tomato that goes well on any sandwich from a BLT to a fresh cheeseburger.
4. Chocolate Stripes
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A Chocolate Stripes Tomato is one that will definitely get your garden visitors talking. It is a reddish colored tomato with brown stripes on its skin.
But it grows to be almost a pound in size so you get a lot out of each tomato.
Yet, even though this tomato is large in size, it is still known for its sweet flavor.
So if you are looking for a tomato that has a good flavor, a good size, and is interesting to look at, then you should consider growing the Chocolate Stripes Tomato.
5. Beef Steak
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Beef Steak is probably one of the most common types of tomatoes. It is the large red variety that grows to be about a pound each.
So obviously this tomato can be used for anything from salads to sandwiches, to canning. It is definitely a flexible variety.
But if you are unfamiliar with a beef steak tomato, it is usually one of the largest tomatoes you can find. It just looks like a large traditional red tomato.
Though, they do sometimes split at the top because of their large size.
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This tomato variety may be hard to pronounce, but it is a great variety to choose from.
So if you hadn’t already guessed, the name is German. It means little blonde girl. The reason for that is this tomato is actually a cherry tomato variety.
But unlike other cherry tomatoes, this variety is a yellow cherry tomato. I am a huge fan of yellow tomatoes because they have a milder flavor that is more palatable in my opinion.
So if you love yellow tomatoes, then you’ll want to give this smaller variety a try.
7. Black Krim
A lot of people really love these tomatoes because of how interesting they are to look at. I mean, by most accounts, when we think of tomato we think of a round red fruit.
Well, this variety will blow that stereotype right out of the park.
So this is a medium sized heirloom tomato variety. The fruit grows to be about a half pound each, and the tomatoes are actually a blackish purple color.
Which would not only taste delicious but be very interesting in any dish you used it for.
via Urban Farmer
This is another yellow tomato variety. It is very bright in color.
So if you see a tomato that looks like a lemon (in color) from the outside, then you’ve probably come across the Azoychka tomato.
But it also has a citrus flavor to it as well, and they usually weight around a half pound.
So if you’d like a bright, beautiful, and tasty yellow tomato variety to add to your garden, then this could be a good fit for you.
9. Amana Orange
via Rare Seeds
This is another colorful variety of a tomato. It is also quite large as well.
So if you like a beef steak variety tomato, then you’ll definitely want to tune into this tomato. They are an heirloom variety and grow to be around two pounds. That is a lot of tomato!
But they also are a beautiful orange color and have a great flavor to them as well. It is very sweet and almost fruity.
So this variety of tomato would be good for those that like color, a larger tomato, and a milder flavor.
When you go to the grocery store this is probably the tomato variety you see a lot of. Delicious tomatoes are red and round.
Plus, they grow to be anywhere from a pound to two pounds.
But they are great slicing tomatoes and pack a lot of flavor with them as well. Their delicious flavor plays a huge role in their name.
11. Dixie Golden Giant
via Totally Tomatoes
This is one amazing tomato. It is an heirloom variety that my research tells me originated in the Amish community.
But the tomatoes are very sweet and fruity flavored.
Yet, they are a beefsteak variety which means they’ll grow to be a pound or more in size.
Plus, they have a very meaty texture as well.
12. Cherokee Purple
via Bonnie Plants
I’ve spent a few years growing Cherokee Purple tomatoes in my own garden. I found that they grow to be the size of most average tomatoes.
So you should expect them to be around a half pound or maybe a little less.
But what is so eye catching is that Cherokee Purple tomatoes are just that, purple. They are a darker variety that makes canning and cooking fun. It is amazing to can a purple tomato or eat a salad with a purple tomato on it.
That is partially why I love the colored tomatoes so much because they offer a little variety to the typical tomato.
13. Better Boy
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We are actually growing some Better Boy tomatoes in our garden this year. It is a tried and true tomato.
So this type of tomato has been around for around 50 years or so. It is actually a variety of tomato that has won a Guinness World Record too.
It was actually won because this type of tomato has produced the most fruit ever known to any other tomato plant.
So if you are looking for a traditional, beautiful, red tomato that yields high amounts of fruit, then you might want to choose this variety.
14. Green Zebra
via Rare Seeds
The Green Zebra is another really fun tomato. It is a larger green tomato that has yellow stripes running down it like a Zebra has stripes.
But this tomato is known for having a more tart flavor.
However, if you are someone (like me) that loves making different dishes with fried green tomatoes, then this could be a great tomato variety to grow.
Yet, these tomatoes aren’t super large in size. They grow to be a little under a half pound each. Which, in my opinion, is a great size to work with in the kitchen.
15. Early Girl
Early Girl tomatoes are one of my favorite tomato varieties. It is a popular variety with those of us that like to grow a garden in the backyard.
But the reason is that the fruit grows to be around a half pound each which makes it a good sized tomato to work with in the kitchen.
These tomatoes are a great variety for canning, cooking with, or even using on sandwiches or in salads.
Yet, they are so popular because they are a round shaped red tomato that produces earlier in the year than most other tomatoes.
So if you’d like to get your tomato harvest off the ground a little earlier in the year, then you might want to plant a variety of tomatoes, but definitely include Early Girl tomatoes in there so you can have tomatoes much sooner than the rest.
Well, you now have 15 tomato varieties to choose from. Hopefully, you’ll find the perfect fit for yourself and your garden.
In my experience, I’ve found you have to grow a few different varieties to find what you really like. There is a balance that has to be met. You want to love the flavor of the tomato and also the growing process of the tomato as well.
But I want your opinion. What is your favorite tomato variety to grow? Do you have any tips on how you grow that variety so well? Why do you prefer that variety?
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Radiator Charlie certainly came up with a grand tomato here! Some of the best tomato sandwiches I have tasted were ones that I made with Mortgage Lifter tomatoes. Big beefsteaks will do anything to please you. the love being paired with good bread, cheese, basil and olive oil. Whether they are sliced thick or thin, Mortgage Lifters will compliment your sandwich perfectly!
Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato, Sandwiches Supreme!
You haven’t had a great tomato sandwich unless you’ve had one made with Aunt Rubys German Green tomato. I mean, if you like your sandwiches with a slight bit of tang and high flavor, this would be the one to go with. Huge slices will easily cover your bread and make it easy to work with. Don’t be scared of this green when ripened tomato. Jump right in and you will be rewarded!
Make Great Sandwiches With Yoder’s German Yellow Tomato
A great tomato is hard to beat! Yoder’s will make you some of the most superb sandwiches that you have ever tasted. If you like a milder, yet flavorful taste, Yoder’s German Yellow will work excellently for you. I really like this its a thin spread of mayonnaise, some basil, salt and pepper. Kazzm!
Delicious (Hunt Strain) Tomato Sandwiches. Make Them Tasty!
If you are ever brave enough to try Delicious (Hunt strain) tomatoes, you will never go back. these ae great for so many things. But when it comes to making sandwiches, you will constantly bite your fingers. These are so good, on sandwiches or off, that you can use them whenever! Cooking, sauces, salsa works well with these too. But on a sandwich and fresh eating is where they shine brightest!
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Some people might disagree, but we at Texas Chicken and Burger believe that sliced tomatoes make the absolute perfect partner for one of our juicy hamburgers – or even a hamburger that you’re grilling up at home! There’s simply no replacement for the tangy fresh juiciness of a tomato, or how those bright flavors interact with the smoky umami deliciousness of our grilled beef. In this blog entry, we’ll detail some of the absolute best varieties of tomatoes out there for slicing, grilling, and pairing with a fresh delicious hamburger.
These varieties of tomatoes are cultivated by farmers or even scientists through seed DNA blending to retain particular color, texture, and flavor elements – as well as long shelf life, frost-resistance, and long-duration freshness.
These tomatoes can grow up to 4 pounds, and are full of amazing flavor. They are a medium red, and balance an almost meat like bite with the perfect amount of juiciness.
Red October Tomatoes
These tomatoes store on shelves for a long time, grow to about 8 ounces, and reach their full ripeness in Autumn.
Bucks County Tomatoes
These tomatoes grow to up to 10 ounces, with a very dark red color and a massive amount of flavor. These tomatoes have a particularly smooth mouthfeel, making them an excellent slicing tomato to combine with onion.
Big Beef Tomatoes
These giant tomatoes are juicy and highly flavorful – making them one of the most popular varieties of tomatoes in the United States.
Steak Sandwich Tomatoes
This variety of tomato has a classically fresh taste, and maintain their firmness even when they are fully ripe, making them an excellent choice for slicing and placing on a hot burger. This kind of tomato grows deep into Autumn.
These tomatoes are maintained from select seeds that haven’t been engineered or blended with any other varieties – maintaining particular color, texture, and flavor elements for generations.
These massive tomatoes grow ribbed, and can be as heavy as 2 pounds! Their solid, firm, and juicy texture makes them a national favorite among restaurant, fast food, and home grillers.
Black Krim Tomotoes
This strange variety of tomato has a smoky and salty flavor, with a deep and dark color, and a beefy robust texture.
Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes
This heirloom tomato can be as heavy as a pound, and has a distinct, almost pink color. They get their strange name from their original cultivator, who sold each tomato for a dollar until he was able to pay off his entire mortgage!
These delicious tomatoes date back to the late 19th century, and have plants with leaves that resemble those of a potato plant. Brandywine tomatoes grow in a wide variety of colors – from the traditional red, to yellow, pink, or even orange!
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
These heirloom tomatoes have a deliciously sweet flavor, with a dark red color that blends into a beautiful greenish-purple along the edges. They are said to have originated from the Cherokee Native American Tribe, who originally cultivated them.
Tomato season is without question the most wonderful time of year. So many tomatoes, so little time.
But between the beefsteaks and the plums, the cherry and the grape tomatoes, and those beautiful heirlooms, it can be difficult to choose the right kind of tomato to use for a recipe. If you’re not always sure which one to go with, here’s a rundown of some common varieties and the best way to put ‘em to work.
What they are: Big and juicy, these tomatoes can get pretty hefty at their peak.
What they’re good for: Slicing for salads, sandwiches or burgers.
Recipe: Beefsteak Tomato Sandwich
Plum or Romas
What they are: Shaped more like cylinders, plum and roma tomatoes are best for processing and canning. They typically have fewer seeds and are generally a better choice in the off-season. Romas are a type of plum tomato.
What they’re good for: Pasta sauces and salsas.
Recipes: Charred Tomato Salsa, Shakshuka
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What they are: Non-hybrid tomatoes that come from seeds dating back at least 50 years. There are many kinds of heirlooms, but they are all “openly pollinated,” or, in other words, never genetically modified.
What they’re good for: Eating with a little salt and nothing else. Maybe some basil, or cooked onto a pie if you’re feeling decadent.
Recipe: Tomato Pie
Heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market yesterday. Just can get enough! What’s your favorite summer fruit or veggie? ???
What they are: Sweet, round bite-size tomatoes that got their name because they’re about the same size and shape as cherries.
What they’re good for: Roasting or using on salads or skewers.
Recipes: Charred Tomato Oil, Grilled Tomato and Halloumi Skewers
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What they are: Slightly smaller and sturdier than cherry tomatoes, these oblong-shaped tomatoes don’t have as many seeds and aren’t as juicy as their slightly bigger brothers. They’re usually a good bet in the off-season and tend to last longer than cherry tomatoes, too.
What they’re good for: Salads and pickling.
Recipe: Open-Faced Crab Sandwich with Pickled Tomatoes
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Italian Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions
- Make the aioli: Blend the mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a mini food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Make the roasted tomatoes: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pat the tomatoes dry with paper towels and arrange on the prepared baking sheet; drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the dried basil, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roast until the tomatoes start caramelizing, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the caramelized onions: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and sugar and toss to coat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 20 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring, until browned and caramelized, 15 to 20 more minutes; season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Make the burgers: Preheat a grill to medium high and brush the grates with vegetable oil. Put the beef and sausage in a large bowl and combine with your hands. Form four 3/4-inch-thick patties; season with salt and pepper. Grill the burgers until the edges begin browning, 3 to 5 minutes, then flip and top each patty with a slice of cheese. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the burgers are done, 3 to 4 more minutes for medium.
- Lightly toast the buns on the grill. Spread the aioli on the top and bottom buns. Sandwich with the burgers, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and arugula.