Glorious Rotten Tomatoes

July 11, 2011

What do you with an abundance of almost past-their-prime tomatoes? Don't toss 'em—cook 'em! Here are 10 juicy dishes those juicy jewels are perfect for.

CioppinoBolognese SaucePizza SaucePomodoro SauceChicken in Tomato Peanut SauceSalsa AztecaThe Big JuicyQuick GazpachoShrimp with Crushed Tomatoes
Like those almost-rotten tomatoes, zippy Cioppino does not keep well. Eat and serve the same day, while the succulent seafood in the soup is still fresh.
A classic, slow-cooked Bolognese meat sauce makes the most of juicy tomatoes, and is delicious served over pasta or polenta.
Over-ripe tomatoes are perfect for pizza sauce, which can also be home-canned for use all year long.
Italian for "tomato," pomodoro is as basic and as delicious as it gets when it comes to pasta sauces. Our Pomodoro sauce calls for Romas, but any juicy tomato will do nicely.
A long turn in a crock pot coaxes a ton of flavor from this Thai-inspired dish. Add fresh crushed tomatoes instead of the canned ones called for in the recipe.
Spicy, tomato-drenched Salsa Azteca is as delicious on a steak as it is with chips.
Anyone who's grown a ripe juicy tomato knows that most are about one short step from being over the hill or…rotten. So time is of the essence to make the most of them. Super ripe tomatoes are like water balloons, heavy, delicate, and juicy, and require careful handling. The goal is to harness all the delicious juices: gazpacho, salsa, sauces, and soups are perfect. Here is a collection of just such recipes. Remember, handle with care.
There's a reason we call this tart, cooling gazpacho Caprese in a Bowl. This no-cook soup is a summertime staple, and a tasty new take on classic gazpacho.
With a total prep and cook time of 8 minutes and only five easy ingredients, this stellar shrimp dish tastes like summer in a bowl.
Like those almost-rotten tomatoes, zippy  Cioppino does not keep well. Eat and serve the same day, while the succulent seafood in the soup is still fresh.A classic, slow-cooked  Bolognese meat sauce makes the most of juicy tomatoes, and is delicious served over pasta or polenta.Over-ripe tomatoes are perfect for  pizza sauce, which can also be home-canned for use all year long.Italian for "tomato," pomodoro is as basic and as delicious as it gets when it comes to pasta sauces. Our  Pomodoro sauce  calls for Romas, but any juicy tomato will do nicely.A long turn in a crock pot coaxes a ton of flavor from this  Thai-inspired dish. Add fresh crushed tomatoes instead of the canned ones called for in the recipe.Spicy, tomato-drenched  Salsa Azteca is as delicious on a steak as it is with chips.Anyone who's grown a ripe juicy tomato knows that most are about one short step  from being over the hill or…rotten. So time is of the essence to make the most of them.
Super ripe tomatoes are like water balloons, heavy, delicate, and juicy, and require careful handling. The goal is to harness all the delicious juices: gazpacho, salsa, sauces, and soups are perfect. Here is a collection of just such recipes.
Remember, handle with care.There's a reason we call this tart, cooling gazpacho  Caprese in a Bowl. This no-cook soup is a summertime staple, and a tasty new take on classic gazpacho.With a total prep and cook time of 8 minutes and only five easy ingredients, this stellar  shrimp dish tastes like summer in a bowl.
Photo: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa BlackburnPhoto: Mark Boughton/Styling: Teresa Blackburn
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