1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 large yellow onion, diced small (2 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large
Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart
This is another winner from Everyday Food. So easy, perfectly delicious!
Ingredients: (makes one 12-inch tart)
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3/4 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved if large, or plum or beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick, or a combination
2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
2 teaspoons fresh thyme or basil leaves
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out puff pastry to a 12-inch square; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream and mustard and season with salt and pepper. Spread sour cream mixture evenly over pastry. Fold over 1/2-inch border on all sides and press edges to seal. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
2.Meanwhile, halve leeks lengthwise; rinse thoroughly, pat dry, and slice 1/4-inch thick. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add leeks, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until leeks are very soft, 5 minutes. Arrange leeks evenly over sour cream mixture on pastry. Top with tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bake until pastry is golden brown and crisp, 25 minutes. Let cool slightly. Top with goat cheese and herbs before cutting into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Aunt Joan's Roasted Peppers
This recipe is so easy, and you can use peppers from the garden or store bought...My Aunt Joan loves them with mozzarella.
3 large peppers, one red, one yellow, one orange
3 cloves of garlic
Wash and core peppers and cut into wide strips, about two and a half inches thick. Flatten the strips and lay them on a baking sheet that has been covered in tin foil.
Coarsley chop the garlic and set aside.
Turn on the broiler and put the peppers underneath the flame, until the tops blacken (about 10 minutes or less depending on how close they are to the flame.) Don't worry if they look burned, that's the point. Once the skin is black, remove the sheet from the oven.
Spread the chopped garlic on top of the peppers and wrap the whole shebang in the foil on the baking sheet. Allow to sit about half an hour until the peppers are cool enough to handle. Peel off the blackened skin and discard. Put the roasted peppers and garlic, which has been steamed by the hot peppers, into a container, add olive oil, and voila - roasted peppers, just like a restaurant. Enjoy!
Summer Gazpacho (from Simply Recipes)
I love this recipe. It's easy to follow and the soup tastes great!
6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped, 1 purple onion, finely chopped, 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped,1 sweet red bell pepper (or green) seeded and chopped, 2 stalks celery, chopped, 1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 teaspoons sugar, Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, 6 or more drops of Tabasco sauce to taste, 4 cups tomato juice
Directions: Combine all ingredients. Blend slightly, to desired consistency. Place in non-metal, non-reactive storage container, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, allowing flavors to blend.
Aunt Joan's Fresh Tomato Sauce
My aunt loves to pile this sauce on fish, chicken or a piece of fresh Italian bread.
Five or six ripe red tomatoes
Two tablespoons of olive oil
Two garlic cloves, minced
Small handful of fresh Basil leaves
Salt & Pepper
Add olive oil to saute pan over low heat. Saute garlic until tender (one or two minutes.) Add the peeled tomatoes. Stir and mash the pulp. Add salt, pepper and basil. Cook until the sauce thickens a bit. Enjoy immediately or freeze.