For those of you that follow me on social media, you might have seen that the cherry tomatoes we planted back in May have exploded :)! The little seedlings we started from scratch are now 6-7 feet tall and fully loaded.

On Instagram and Facebook, I asked friends and family for ideas on how to best use them and these were my top three favorite ways:

Cherry Tomatoes 3 Different Ways

1. Roasted Cherry Tomato Marinara | from Dimple Dhabalia

Toss in a dry pan on medium and cook until they pop. Once popping, add in olive oil, shallots and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until soft and then add in white wine (or water) to de-glaze  the pan. Add dried fennel, basil and oregano, and some salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer for a few minutes until it thickens. At the end add in just a little pat of butter for a velvety finish. Toss with your favorite pasta (gnocchi is great) and top with Parmesan and fresh parsley.

I’ve had the good fortune to have enjoyed this sauce in person at my sister’s house. The simplicity of ingredients really captures the freshness of the tomatoes. I made a version of this last weekend and served it on top of Zucchini Noodles…which was also so delicious!

2. Deconstructed Caprese | from Dimple Dhabalia

Another favorite is a deconstructed caprese- create a base of arugula and add in halved cherry tomatoes and torn up chunks of mozzarella and fresh basil. Make a dressing with 1 part balsamic vinegar, 3 parts extra virgin olive oil, one small minced shallot, salt and pepper. Dress the salad and toss everything together and serve.

I haven’t had a chance to make this one yet, but I have a newly picked batch of tomatoes and fresh basil waiting to be constructed into this deconstructed caprices :)! Super excited about trying this one…it has summer written all over it!

3. Fresh from the Garden | from Chris McLeod

Fresh from the garden and straight into your mouth.

By far one of my favorite ways to enjoy these little sweeties…freshly picked, warmed by the sun…they literally melt in your mouth!

If you have another way you enjoy these little guys, please leave a comment below…I’d love to hear from you! And if you’d like to follow us via social media, you can find us on Instagram and Facebook!

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!
Lots of love,

Kajal

 

 

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