Saturday, May 15, 2010

Toe-may-to, Toe-mah-toe

Ah, fresh tomatoes are back! Yeah! The local fruit stands are full of fresh summer veggies again. So I had to immediately go and get the ingredients for this, my fav summer recipe.

Tomato Mozzarella Toast
2 lbs fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup slivered fresh basil or chopped parsley
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
two 8-inch long Italian rolls
8 thin slices Prosciutto or ham
1 cup (8 oz) mozzarella cheese

Preheat broiler. Core and chop tomatoes (about 5 cups.) Combine tomatoes, 2 tbsp of olive oil, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Let stand at least 30 minutes. Slice rolls in half horizontally, and brush cut side with remaining olive oil. Place on shallow pan and broil until golden. Spoon 2/3 cup of tomato mixture on rolls, dividing evenly. Top each with 2 slices prosciutto, 1/4 cup of mozzarella and then rest of tomato mixture. Broil until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

This will keep one more day, after that it gets soggy and mushy. Soooo, then IF you have any left over, toss in some Italian seasonings, puree and add to marinara sauce or throw in some red wine vinegar and puree for tomato salad dressing. Viola, a new creation!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

When my soul became soggy and mush with the world and its offerings, I'm so glad God brought summer into my heart and made me a new creation.

Don't ya love new things?

Many thanks to Hilary for the "post of the week" award. You are just so sweet!



Natasha said...

I love fresh tomatoes, fresh bread and fresh mozzarella! I wish it was tomato season here...oh well you can have an extra serve for me!

Best wishes for a beautiful weekend,

Diane said...

I hate tomatoes, but my family would love this. I know, slightly nuts here.... :O)

Melinda said...

Hi Karen,
This looks wonderful! My family would LOVE this. Now I just have to find the time and energy to make it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog this week ... you are such a good commenter and encourager, Karen. I appreciate you!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh! tomatoes! Anyone who reads TG/SG will know how much I think of tomatoes *laughing* --

Just wanted to come by and say hello, but now you've made me hungry!

Bina said...

Ok that just sounds delish!!! Gonna try it out...thanks for that!

Janna Qualman said...

That looks delicious! Thanks, Karen.

Karen said...

Natasha, okay, I ate some for you. Did you like it? :)

Diane, my son doesn't like raw tomatoes, either. You're OK.

Melinda, hope you can find time to make this recipe. Maybe your kids will help???

Kathryn, glad I could indulge in your hunger. :P

Bina and Janna, hope you like it as much as me.

Libbie said...

Oooooo sounds heavenly! I love bruschetta & make it all summer long. We are still waiting for the farmer's markets to open up up here but when they do...heaven. :)

Emily Ann Benedict said...

That sounds like a great recipe. I love anything Italian flavor...and anything that has cheese. ;)
Great reminder too. :) Hope you're having a lovely Summer day.

Karen said...

Libbie, I'm with you there. Just love all the summer fruits and veggies.

Emily Ann, my problem---there's not too much I don't like. sigh...:P

Jeanette Levellie said...

Yummrers! I bought three tomato plants last weekend, but it's been too rainy to plant all of them--I did put one in a huge pot. I can't wait to start popping them in my watering mouth!

Hilary said...

Oh that sounds so yummy, Karen. Pure summer! And thanks so much for the mention. :)

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Karen~
How I can't wait for fresh tomatoes here! YUM! Your recipe sounds divine, like a bite of summer!

I had to laugh at the verse. A long time ago the Donut Man sang that verse as a song, so whenever I read that verse, I automatically starting singing it the way the Donut Man sings it. It will be going through my head all night tonight!

Karen said...

Jeanette, oooo, hope you have a bumper crop!

Hilary, yes, tomatoes always mean summer to me. :)

Kate, the donut man sang that song? I'd love to hear it! :)