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Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??

Last post Oct 17, 2015 10:28 PM by luvnlaugh . 8 replies.


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  • Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    I live in MN, and my garden has gone crazy this year! My husband and I refer to the tomato section as the jungle. I have oodles of cherry tomatoes, as well as romas, Amish pastas, early girls, big boys. Cherries are always my dilemna, as I'm the only one in the family that will eat them plain. I dehydrated a few pounds for my dad (he loves them as a snack), but I need some ideas. What I'm looking for is a good spaghetti sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes, that I can freeze. I have a great recipe for larger tomatoes, but am unsure if the cherries will work in this. It's okay if I have to use romas or another type in addition, but I really really need a cherry tomato sauce recipe. Again, it has to be something that I can freeze. Can ANYONE help me (please please please!)?

    Thanks much!
    ~Julie in MN
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    I'm sure your (sauce) recipe will work - I would just hate the ordeal of removing the peel from all those little tomatoes. I'm sure you can pop them in some boiling (or almost) water for a few seconds then remove the skin. Some BBers have frozen regular tomatoes whole and then (they say) the skin just slips off easily. I've never tried it. There is also a good recipe on here for cherry tomato appetizers (roasted poppers) that I think John posted. I can't find it right now.

    Good luck!

    Tria
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    Julie - search google for "cherry tomato recipes" ... there are tons!
    I too have lots of tomatoes...I email all my friends and tell them to stop by and get some. They do. I also take them to a senior center where people really appreciate getting the fresh produce!
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    I made this for the weekend


    BLT Dip


    1 package Oscar Mayer real bacon bits
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 cup sour cream
    1 tomato - peeled, seeded and diced, small


    Mix well, serve with crackers



    Kate
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    Hey Julie, do you like Salsa?That can use up alot of tomatoes.I will give you my recipe:Tomatoes-chopped,
    cilantro-chopped,
    1 large red onion-chopped
    lime juice-3TBS
    el-pato-mexican tomatoe sauce(1 can, they are small)
    fresh garlic-2TBS.
    1 tsp garlic salt
    1 bunch green onions-chopped
    Mix all together and chill.Have w/tortilla chips or even use to top meat loaf. Bakerfreek.
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    Make hot dilled green cherry tomatoes. I made some this year but haven't tried them yet. Usually I just use regular green tomatoes.

    Marilyn
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    Make a greek salad. That is the best with fresh littl tomatoes
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  • RE: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??
    I would second the suggestion if you have too many take them to a group that feeds the homeless. We have a mission in town that I know would appreciate such a donation.

    I am sure you will find lots of good recipes on this board!
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  • Re: Help! What to do with all my cherry tomatoes!!??

    Hi Julie! I'm in PA and have the issue of having planted too many cherry/grape tomato plants because I got them free. Needless to say, I have been giving them away! I came up with a quick, easy dinner that everyone in the house absolutely LOVES and raves about, besides being very healthy. Generously cover the bottom of a deep skillet with olive oil and add 1 tbls minced garlic. Saute' until the garlic just begins to brown. Wash fresh spinach (I use the very large bag from Costco as I have a lot of tomatoes) Put the spinach in with the garlic and olive oil . Cover and sweat down. Slice your cherry tomatoes in half. (I also recently found a $3 plastic gadget that will quarter olives, cherries, strawberries, etc. I use this but halving is just fine) Once the spinach has cooked down to leave enough room for the amount of tomatoes that you have, add them to the pan. Salt and pepper to taste. I also add a tablespoon of sugar for acid control. Saute uncovered. Once the tomatoes heat up, keep on low heat to cook off some of the juices, about 10 minutes. When liquid has reduced, sprinkle enough parmesan cheese to help absorb the excess. Keep stirring to blend well with the spinach and tomatoes. Serve over cooked pasta, chicken, salmon, fish, Use your imagination!

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