The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

As much as it breaks our hearts to write this, here is the final post of Tomato Month. (Wow, that went almost as quickly as tomato season itself. But I guess you’re gonna tell me that’s what makes it so special?) To make sure you are optimizing every possible tomato-eating opportunity during these last few weeks of the season, we wanted to leave you with the pies, sandwiches and salads that readers recommended, plus a few favorites from our archives…

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

Reader Jaclyn pointed us in the direction of Vivian Howard’s Tomato Pie. It’s a project, yes, but also a showstopper.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

Smitten Kitchen’s super simple Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes are great for both grown-ups and kids.

Hot sauce? Rice vinegar? We’re talking next-level here: Peaches and Tomatoes with Burrata and Hot Sauce from Bon Appetit.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

Of course, no round-up (tomato or otherwise) is complete without the OG Tomato Sandwich.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

“A BLT is not a democracy,” writes the famously obsessive chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt in his Perfect BLT manifesto. “It is not a committee meeting. It is a dictatorship, and the tomato is King, Queen, and Supreme Leader.” (Thank you to a reader named Lauren for finding this!)

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes: Tangy, classic and filling enough to be either a side or the main event.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

A throw-together Tomato Salad with grilled cheese croutons (!!) from Joanna’s twin sister, Lucy.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

The easiest, prettiest Tomato-Ricotta Tart, from recipe developer Bella Karragiannidis.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

Spain’s Pan Con Tomate. Warm bread absorbs the sweet tomato juice and olive oil, and one bite will remind you why simple, in-season cooking is the best kind of cooking.

The 10 Best Things to Do with Summer Tomatoes

Caramelized Tomato Tarte Tatin: A play on the classic French apple tart, and just as decadent.

Thank you readers… and romas and heirlooms and beefsteaks. We’ll miss you so much!

P.S. Favorite summer recipes from readers and best reader comments of all time.

(Photos: Tomato Pie by Tim Robison; Rice Stuffed Tomatoes by Deb Perelman for Smitten Kitchen; Peach Tomato Salad by Alex Lau; Tomato Sandwich by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo; BLT by J. Kenji López-Alt; Fried Green Tomatoes by Alison Miksch; Grilled Cheese Salad by Ali Stafford for Cup of Jo; Pan Con Tomate by A Communal Table; Tomato Tarte Tatin by James Ransom for Food52.)

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