There are countless ways to preserve the taste of sweet summer tomatoes, but this compound butter is arguably the easiest.
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Arrange an oven rack about 3 to 4 inches from the broiler element and heat the oven to broil. Place the tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and broil until the skins begin to brown and the tomatoes start releasing their juice, 6 to 8 minutes.
Let the tomatoes cool to room temperature.
Combine the broiled tomatoes, thyme, salt, and pepper in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 10 times, until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Cut the butter into 1-inch cubes and add it to the food processor. Process until the butter is completely mixed in with the tomato mixture, about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed for even blending.
The tomato butter can be used immediately or placed in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to firm up first.
Storage: Store leftover butter in the refrigerator in a covered dish or ramekin, or spooned onto plastic wrap or parchment paper and rolled into a log. When kept in the fridge, the butter is best when eaten within 1 week; it can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Prep 40 minutes | Makes Yield: 6 Servings | Source revised from foodnetwork.com
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and use your fingers to evenly spread it out and coat the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Scatter the cherry tomatoes on the baking sheet and shake it back and forth so they become evenly coated in the oil and seasoning. Arrange the chicken in the center of the baking sheet, pushing the tomatoes out to the perimeter, and drizzle the chicken with the remaining tablespoon of oil.
Bake until the tomatoes are soft, blistered and begin to burst, 20 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until the vinegar has reduced by half and is thick enough to coat back of the spoon, 7 to 8 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and drape a slice of mozzarella over each chicken breast. Bake until the cheese melts and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast has reached 160 degrees F, 5 to 7 minutes (the chicken will carryover cook to 165 F).
Sprinkle the chicken and tomatoes with the basil and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Spoon the collected pan juices over the tomatoes and chicken. Serve on a bed of arugula and with crusty bread to mop up the pan juices.
Makes Yield: 6-8 Servings | Source www.theharvestkitchen.com
This Italian Chopped Salad is a quintessential chopped salad that’s loaded with flavor and a delicious combo of ingredients. It’s great to serve with any Italian dish, grilled chicken or salmon, yet filling enough to be a meal on its own. Perfect for warm summer nights, backyard barbecues and potlucks.
Half of a small red onion halved through the core
1 large head romaine lettuce
1 medium head radicchio
1-pint small sweet cherry tomatoes halved through the stem ends
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded then cut in half and sliced
1-1/2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (or 4 ounces aged provolone, sliced into strips)
5 peperoncini, stems cut off and discarded, thinly sliced
1/2 cup kalamata olives
1/2 cup Oregano Vinaigrette
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Dried oregano, for sprinkling
2-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 tablespoons minced kalamata olives
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1-1/2 cups good extra-virgin olive oil
Slice the layers of onions lengthwise 1/16 inch thick. Place the onion slices in a small bowl of ice water and set aside.
Drain the onion and pat dry with paper towels before adding them to the salad.
Thinly slice the lettuce and radicchio.
In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, radicchio, tomatoes, cucumber, garbanzo beans, cheese, , peperoncini, and onion slices.
Toss to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
Drizzle 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette and the juice of the lemon over the salad, then toss gently to coat the salad with the dressing.
Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice, or vinaigrette if desired.
Sprinkle with extra oregano and serve.
Italian Salad Dressing
Combine the vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, garlic, kalamata olives, Parmesan cheese, and pepper in a medium bowl and whisk to combine the ingredients.
Set aside for 5 minutes to marinate the oregano and basil.
Add the olive oil in a slow thin stream, whisking constantly to combine. You can also add all the ingredients to a glass jar with a lid and shake to combine.
2 pounds tomatoes (a mix of small heirlooms and cherry tomatoes), halved
1 pound ripe stone fruits (a mix of plums, apricots, pluots and/or nectarines), halved
1/4 cup good olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup or brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/3 cup chives, chopped
8 ounces ciliegine mozzarella, halved
A handful of torn, fresh basil leaves
Zest of one lemon
An extra drizzle of olive oil or lemon oil (for finishing)
Flaked sea salt for finishing, (optional)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled to preference
1. Preheat the grill to 350°F. In a large bowl, toss half the tomatoes and stone fruits with the olive oil, maple syrup or brown sugar and salt. Arrange in a single layer on the grill. Allow the fruit to char a bit before flipping. Char the second side. Remove all of the tomatoes and stone fruits from the grill. Grill the chicken next, if this has not yet been done. Set aside to cool while you finish the other salad ingredients.
2. Halve the mozzarella, zest the lemon and chop the chives and basil leaves.
3. When ready to serve, gently toss the roasted fruits with the remaining raw fruits and a bit of olive oil, most of the almonds, chives and basil, as well as all of the capers and the mozzarella. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Serve in individual bowls. Top with remaining 1 tablespoon each of almonds, chives and basil.
Here is something I made last night and it was fabulous! I have a small garden for fresh herbs, but the tomatoes from CSA were amazing! This beautiful Cameo® Elite tomato cake can be made a few days ahead and reheated. It tastes even better the next day!
1 Small head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
8 Large eggs
1 Cup AP flour
1 ½ tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp Ground turmeric
½ tsp Ground cumin
pinch chili flakes
5 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup Fresh basil, chopped
1 ½ cup Cameo® Elite tomatoes, sliced
ground pepper to taste
Preheat the over to 400 degrees
Steam or roast cauliflower until tender, about 12 minutes
In a small skillet heat the butter and olive over medium heat and sauté the garlic for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Transfer the garlic to a large bowl, add the eggs and basil, whisk well, and then add the flour, baking powder, turmeric, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth before adding the cauliflower and tomatoes and stirring gently, trying not to break up the florets.
Spray a 9 1/2-inch/24-cm spring-form cake pan with cooking spray. Pour the cauliflower mixture into the pan, spreading it evenly.
Place in the center of the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and set; a knife inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean.
Remove from the oven and leave for at least 20 minutes before serving. It needs to be served just warm, rather than hot, or at room temperature.