Friday, September 21, 2012

Five Ways with Tomato and Basil

If you still have an Indian Summer's access to fresh tomatoes and basil--here's a few ideas.

1. Make Garden-Fresh Bruschetta (click this link for the recipe). It's delicious on oven-toasted Italian or French bread. It could be an appetizer or a meal!

2. Make tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwiches. Yum!

3. Make fresh sauce in a jar. Peel several tomatoes, rough-chop them, and put them in a quart-size Ball jar. Then add cubes of mozzarella cheese, fresh snipped basil, a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and a couple of chopped cloves of garlic. Put the lid on, put it in the fridge, and later simply pour the whole thing onto a bowl of fresh-cooked hot pasta and toss! (this is also a great gift along with a bag of beautiful pasta)

4. Make a fresh garden pasta salad (click this link for recipe).

5. Dry them! Get out that food-dehydrator you never use, and make your own dried basil and sundried tomatoes to enjoy all winter! Click here to see my blog about when I did this last fall. It was really fun, and I really did use the dried basil a lot! And I made rosemary tomato bread with the sundried tomatoes, among other things. I'm definitely planning to do this soon before the first bite of Mr. Frost nips at my basil! Plus, dried herbs from your own garden have such an amazing flavor compared to store-bought. Try it!

Happy Eating, Writing, Dreaming and Stitching!


  1. Some fabulous ideas here Sandy Leigh. I think I'll get some tomatoes from my Father In Law's Green House on the weekend. Have a lovely day!

    Sarah x

  2. Mozzarella and basil is a match made in heaven ...and then add home grown tomatoes and you are there. I have frozen basil leaves in tiny pots and just tipped one in to a bubbling tomato pasta sauce and it seems to work.btw I love yellow tomatoes in salads.

  3. Yah... you've given me an idea for our lunch later on.

    I might have to pop out for the mozza, but I've got the basil and nice red ripe 'maters!

    1. PS...I love your clothespin idea... a cute way to remind yourself what's important