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Jun 29, 2008 12:16 PM

What to do with excess tomatoes??

I have a big package of campari tomatoes (tomatoes on the vine) left over from a party last week as well as a large Costco size container of grape tomatoes left over as well. Any suggestions of what I can do with these before they go bad??? I don't think they're good for a raw tomato sauce for pasta but I'm open to suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. Camparis are great for sauce, tomato soup or slow roasting in the oven.

      1. Ditto the roasting. Roast and freeze, then they are always there for you!

        1. I like to keep them in a shallow bowl on the countertop and just pop some in my mouth during the day for a sweet savory bite. But, since it's been a week and you still have lots, I suggest:

          Roasting, as someone suggested, in the oven (at 350 for almost an hour) after tossing with some oil, salt and pepper. Cool, and place in sealed contained. Add roasted tomatoes to other roasted veggies and eat. Make into a bread spread with pesto sauce.

          Add to pasta with garlic, basil leaves and a splash of oil, maybe some Parmesan garnish. Eat right away, or place in fidge in container and have a pasta salad.

          Or, what about Gaspacho (sp?)?

          Or, give them to some neighbors. I love it when my neighbors grow extra and gift me.

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          1. re: kc girl

            Give the tomatoes to me ;)! For real, I agree with the suggestions to roast them, and while you're at it, roast some garlic cloves, serranos and/or jalepenos, and white onion quarters. Blend them all up with some lime juice and s & p, and you've got salsa. I'd roast for longer than an hour, but that's just me.

            Gazpacho is also a nice idea.

          2. coming from someone who can eat a punnet of tomatoes as a snack, one of my favorite simple tomato dishes is diced tomatoes, diced red onions, and TJ's (fat free) balsamic vinegarette (or your favorite brand), let sit to marry and marinate... so refreshing in the summer!

            you could also used them to make ratatouille.

            i add grape tomatoes to stirfries as well

            an omelet filled with diced tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil.

            roast a head of garlic drizzled with olive oil. split the camparis in half, spread with mashed roasted garlic and grated parmesan, then broil.