Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ingredient of the Week . . . Tomatoes

I thought I would start a new feature and highlight a certain ingredient each week, using it in two different ways. This week tomatoes are the highlight.

This is a nice salad for summer since there is no cooking. You can also add sliced cucumbers as well, but I didn't. This recipe makes enough for me to take to lunch for 2 days.

Panzanella (Bread Salad)

1 loaf of good white bread, I used a sourdough bread bowl, cubed
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 80z fresh mozzarella, cubed
1 handful Thai basil, chopped
Zest of one lemon


~Toast the bread if you wish. Combine all the ingredients, through the lemon zest and toss to combine.

~Top with lemon zest. You can also top the salad with any olive and vinegar dressing.

My mom used to make these when I was a kid, but she never really had a good track record of not giving me food poisoning, so I didn't like them then. I remember them being really really tart. But these were nice and mild and not tart at all. Overall, they were really good.

Fried Green Tomatoes

2 medium green tomatoes
1/4 cup flour
Salt and Pepper


~Slice the tomatoes into 4 or 5 slices each.

~Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 2 minutes.

~Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

~Coat the tomatoes in the flour and transfer with a cast iron skillet with 1 inch of canola oil, over medium high heat.

~Fry the tomatoes 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden. Drain them on a paper plate and serve hot.

recipes by: The Good Wife

**UPDATE** Joelen of Joelen's Culinary Adventures suggested I submit these recipes to her August Adventures Tomato blogging event. Thanks for the suggestion Joelen!


Amanda said...

Dang it! I really wish my tomato plants would grow in the garden, but I thin I'm out of luck this year. =((

Joelen said...

I love the idea of highlighting a specific ingredient each week! In fact, I'm hosting a tomato blogging event so if you'd like, please submit it to the event! Details are in my blog (upper left hand corner).

KMAYS said...

I love panzanella. I like throwing in some good purple olives also, but my husband hates olives.

The Good Wife said...

Oh kmays, that is a good idea.

wifeplzak said...

might be a silly question but are they tomatillas or just tomatoes picked before they are ripe?

The Good Wife said...

Just regular tomatoes that are picked before they are ripe. One was starting to turn red on me when I fried them up.

Ms. Foodie said...

Oh wow! Fried green tomatoes! I will make these someday!

Neen said...

Love the salad! I just made it recently too, and I agree that sourdough is the best bread to add. I haven't tried it with mozarella yet, but fresh basil and cucumbers made a great addition...