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Fresh tomato ideas, please

I have about 4 big, fresh farm-market tomatoes that I would like to be central to dinner tonight. My brain is tomato-challenged at the moment. TIA for any help!

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  1. I like stuffed tomatos. Either hot - stuffed with ground meat and rice and served with mashed potatoes - or cold - stuffed with shrimp or tuna salad.

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    1. re: mainsqueeze

      Breaded, fried with bacon drippings and then top with crumbled bacon and warm heavy cream. That and some greenery simply dressed would be a great supper for me and you could coax me to make a quick pan of cornbread too.

      1. re: Candy

        mmm..mmm..mmm. I think I could serve my flip flops that way and they would taste good!

        1. re: gourmanda

          It is the Belle in me that makes me turn to something like that. No real recipe for the tomatoes. Just dredge in egg wash and seasoned fine white corn meal and fry. Deglaze with the cream. Artery clogging? Yeah but so what? It is not every night.

      1. re: MIKELOCK34

        Fresh tomato salsa or spaghetti sauce

        1. toasted bread rubed with garlic, sliced mozz, fresh basil and sliced tomatoes, drizzled with evoo and s+p....I could eat this for dinner everynight in the summer!

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          1. re: geminigirl

            I agree, if the tomatoes are good, I'd say, the simpler the preparation the better, let the tomato flavor shine

            1. re: honeybee926

              Yes, yes, and yes. The window is short for perfect, vine-ripened tomatoes. The simpler the better. And don't cook them...plenty of time to do that to force flavor when they're not so good raw. Enjoy that pristine goodness while you can.

          2. One of our favorite ways to have tomatoes... sliced, s&p, crumbled blue cheese like Stilton and then drizzled with vinaigrette. So good and really good when it's hot outside!

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            1. re: lynnlato

              how abt stuffed tomatoes with parsley/basil, grated mozzarella/provolone, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, evoo? YUM!

            2. we've been eating a tomato salad from Patricia Well's Provence book -- slice tomatoes, salt, drizzle with lemon juice, walnut oil, toasted pine nuts, and basil -- it's simple, but really highlights fresh tomato flavor!

              1. Thank you, thank you. Great suggestions so far. For dinner last night I ended up making sandwiches...toasted bread, a little mayo, tomato, avocado and red onion. They were so good that I think it will be lunch today! I will be using more of your suggestions after another trip to the market this weekend. Any other thoughts come to mind?

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                1. re: gourmanda

                  Bruschetta---finely chop tomatoes (peel and/or seed if you like), add minced garlic, minced fresh basil, salt & pepper and a little red wine vinegar. Serve (room temp) over toasted peasant bread lightly rubbed with a clove of garlic.

                  1. re: gourmanda

                    I like to slice tomatoes in half, salt and pepper them, a little parmigianno reggiano and put them on the top rack of the grill while grilling steak/chicken/pork. Its a great, healthy side dish.

                    Or make a caprese salad with sliced tomatoes, FRESH mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar drizzled over the top - yum!

                    Giada DeLaurentis has a Roman Summer Salad that is to die for: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...