28 Dec Produce Pick of the Week: Handsome Heirloom Tomatoes
Sometimes, when you least expect it, something catches your eye, something fresh and fabulous like the trio of handsome heirloom tomatoes calling out to me from their resting place in the rectangular wicker basket in the produce department at Albertson’s last week.
I can’t say exactly why, but after a week filled with Tom and Jerry’s, rum cake and a dab of this and a bite of that, nothing could have looked more enticing.
Heirloom tomatoes in December seemed like a rare unseasonal find, but the plump ripe beauties were irresistible and found their way right into my shopping cart. The juicy gems bursting with flavor were the inspiration for Classic Margherita Pizza and Composed Caprese Salad Stack, two simple and straightforward presentations put together in no time.
Thinly sliced, arranged on a salad plate, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with salt and freshly ground pepper or whirred up in the blender into a fast and fabulous soup with basil and a splash of cream for cream of tomato soup seasoned to your liking and heated on the stove, tomatoes can be transformed into sumptuous salads and soups almost instantly.
Nutritionally, tomatoes are a healthy antioxidant and good source of lycopene as well as vitamin C, vitaminA, vitamin K, potassium and manganese. Incorporating tomatoes into a healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease heart, lower bad cholesterol and contribute to cancer-prevention in your body.
Take ‘er easy this week after the hustle and bustle of the holidays and whip up something simple with some handsome heirloom tomatoes. This week’s Special of the day-Produce Pick of the Week: Handsome Heirloom Tomatoes with recipes for Classic Margherita Pizza and Composed Caprese Salad Stacks.
Recipe and food photography by Sydne George.
- Place one tomato slice on each serving plate.
- Top with cheese slice on each plate.
- Top with a drizzle of basil oil and fresh a fresh basil leaf.
- Continue layering tomato, cheese, basil oil and basil to make attractive caprese salad stacks.
- Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over the top of each stack and garnish with basil leaves.
Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.