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Tomatoes. No stops, no animals.

A vegetarian friend of mine invited me to his birthday dinner in a few days. He's an awesome guy and deserves the best he can get (he also has solid culinary training, although that wouldn't affect my mission either way). The dinner is a tomato themed potluck. I prefer good tomatoes solo, raw, unembellished, but I know that I can't show up that way. I imagine the usual suspects (salads, especially caprese, gazpacho, sauces on pasta, etc) will be covered. Any recommendations for new territory? I have a couple sources for good dark princes, striped germans and brandywines that I can hit up the day before.

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  1. An excellent gazpacho would showcase the tomatoes around right now. Keep everything (cucumber, red onion, croutons) teeny tiny, and use good olive oil.

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    1. re: rabaja

      Woops, just saw gazpacho will likely be done by others. The tart sounds delicious!

        1. re: ipsedixit

          OK, I vote for the tomato ice cream. Also, a link from the same pub, Tomato and Cucumber jelly with salmon caviar. Sounds dreadful, but intriguing. If anyone tries it, please report back.

          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/a...

          ~TDQ

            1. re: Yes Please

              Oh, I like the gelato idea even better than the ice cream, although, I notice it only got 3 out of 4 forks on Epicurious...

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Yes, I noticed too! Good eye! But I still decided to post it because I saw that 2 of 3 reviews were 4 forks and the last one was 1 fork, based on the ricotta gelato. (the recipe is technically for tomato, basil and ricotta gelato. 3 separate flavors though, not a blend)

                1. re: Yes Please

                  Oh, I missed that detail! I guess I didn't read the recipe very carefully (or at all), I just liked the idea of it. Still sounds intriguing though! Right now, I have a lot of basil and a lot of tomatoes!

                  ~TDQ

            1. re: LaLa

              I agree. Here is Sara Moulton's Tomato Pie which is fantastic. You can of course blind bake your own crust. I find a good whole wheat crust is just lovely with this and people will clamor for the recipe and seconds. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sa...

            2. This is just wonderful:

              TOMATO BREAD PUDDING

              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              Also, if you are daring, I once had a tomato tasting menu in Chicago at Tru. The salad course was sliced tomatoes with garlic sorbet. It was incredible.