There’s nothing like a juicy, ripe tomato to wake up a recipe and put a smile on your face. And tomatoes’ versatility means that you can enjoy them in a wide range of dishes that make friends and family smile, too.
“Florida tomatoes have been the inspiration for many of my most treasured recipes,” said Chef Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “But honestly, my side dish of choice — the simple joy of fresh raw Florida tomatoes seasoned with a sprinkle of sea salt.”
Chef Justin has created these recipes that maximize that fresh-off-the-vine taste and minimize your time in the kitchen.
For more Florida tomato recipes, visit www.floridatomatoes.org.
Classic Tomato Flavoring Partners
When creating your own tomato dishes, keep these great flavor partners in mind:
— Black Pepper
— Kosher Salt
— Chili Peppers or Powder
— Curry Powder
— Orange Zest
Are you one of the 60 percent of people who currently store tomatoes in the refrigerator? Chef Justin says that kills flavor and texture.
Instead, ripen your tomatoes in a bowl on your counter where they can reach full flavor and color — a treat for your eyes and your palate. To hasten ripening, place tomatoes in a sealed paper bag or fruit-ripening bowl.
Your Recipe Could Win $500
To celebrate the versatility and great flavor of fresh Florida tomatoes, the Florida Tomato Committee is hosting its Most Delicious Dish Recipe Contest. Submit an original recipe that incorporates fresh Florida tomatoes. The winning recipe will be selected on the basis of taste, appearance and ease of preparation, with attention also given to clear and creative photos.
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