Summer is the time of year for tomatoes, at least in my area of the world. That means Amish gardens are bursting with juicy, ruby-red spheres of flavor. August might as well be interchangeable with the word tomato. August is when tomatoes really begin to overflow from the plants. So today we are sharing Amish recipes using tomatoes.
The appeal of tomatoes among the Amish is just how easy they are to grow and then how many things they can be used for, that's the real appeal among the Amish is their incredible versatility. Tomatoes are pounded into pulp, made into jelly, squeezed into sauce, made into soups, baked into bread, sliced into salads, and on and on. There are a few more jack-of-all-trades fruits than the lowly tomato so it enjoys a high regard in Amish culinary circles.
I remember when we were children living overseas my brother grew a tomato plant in his bedroom. That thing thrived, grew and grew into a monster but, of course, being indoors with nothing to pollinate it and no direct sunshine it never produced a single tomato, not surprisingly.
This is the time of year when I visit Amish farms and there usually is some sort of canning going on, putting up tomatoes into sauces or soups and it can be a messy job, but Amish cooks can get a ton of mileage out of tomatoes.
So I thought I'd offer up five Amish recipes using tomatoes. Enjoy! Man, that marinara sauce from Gloria looks awesome!
🥧 Homemade Summer Tomato Pie: This is a super recipe that The Amish Cook ran in her column in the summer of 2021. The recipe kind of looks like a deep dish pizza, but, man, it looks good! Homemade Summer Tomato pie is a favorite!
🍝 Tomato Basil Pasta - Easy and refreshing summer recipe!
🍅 Gloria's Homemade Marinara Sauce: A wonderful recipe for home-canned marinara sauce from The Amish Cook herself. This is what she had to say about it:
Are you interested in trying a favorite sauce recipe of ours? It is similar to pizza or spaghetti sauce and can be used to replace it in many recipes. It is also a delicious replacement for salsa.
The parmesan cheese gives it an outstanding flavor along with smooth texture. It can beat eaten fresh or canned.
If you are using a Victorio strainer tomatoes have to be cooked first, if you are using a blender they don’t have to.
Enjoy! Click here.
🥧 Green Tomato Pie: What if you are just itching to eat those tomatoes even before they are ripe? Well, we've all heard of fried green tomatoes. Delicious! Dipped in a little ranch and, wow, oh wow (anything fried and dipped in ranch qualifies for a wow, oh wow). But what about green tomato pie? Great way to use up tomatoes that don't ripen.
🍞 Tomato Bread: Ah, can't forget tomato bread. This tomato bread is more like a loaf of Italian bread, note the oregano and basil, it’s sort of like one of those Italian breads that you find in Amish bakeries. Click here.