Monday, July 23, 2007

Farmers Market Tomatoes

If you are not buying your produce at your local farmer’s market right now, then you are missing the boat! Supermarket produce simply can’t compare to the freshness, quality and variety you are afforded at a farmer’s market.

Tomatoes are in season right now and they are fantastic. Yesterday, I picked up some yellow cherry tomatoes that were as sweet as candy. Try some heirloom tomatoes for something different with extraordinary flavor.

If you have a good pizzeria near you, here is a great trick for a quick and delicious summer meal. Try topping a simple white pizza with your own tomato salad. Order a white pizza of the best quality you can find. We have a great pizzeria near us that makes fantastic wood-burning oven pizzas. The true hallmark of a great pizza is the crust. The variations on this trick are endless, but here is my recipe:

Tomato/ Arugula Salad over White Pizza

1 Large White Pizza (from your local pizzeria)
2 Large Heirloom Tomatoes (Diced)
1 Bunch of Baby Arugula
1 TBSP Capers
2 Anchovies (Optional)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Dice your tomatoes and place in a colander to drain for two minutes. It’s important to drain the tomatoes or you salad will be too soggy when placed on the pizza. Place the drained tomatoes in a bowl and add the arugula, stems removed. If desired, dice the anchovies into very small pieces and add to the tomatoes. This will add a salty and nutty note to the salad but will not overpower the flavors of the tomatoes. Add capers. Top with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and spoon the salad on top your white pizza covering the pizza completely. Serve immediately.

This salad would also be fantastic as a topping for bruschetta, or even as a condiment to grilled swordfish or salmon.

See you at the market!

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