If you haven’t noticed, summer tomatoes are infiltrating farmer’s markets, grocery stores and maybe even your home garden too!

I have never been someone who loves tomatoes… until summertime rolls around.

The difference with a summer tomato is remarkable, isn’t it? They’re just so ripe with flavor!

Let’s Chat With My Tomato Tutor!

My longtime friend, award-winning garden designer and horticulturist, Phillip Watson, grows dozens of varieties in his home garden in Pennsylvania. He shared some of his favorites with me in the video below.

Let’s Try Slow Roasting!

When it’s not summertime, but you’re still craving the juicy sweetness of summer tomatoes, try slow-roasting them.

And by slow, I mean SLOW.

roasting summer tomatoes

Slice your tomatoes in half, toss them with a little olive oil and garlic. Put them on a baking sheet and roast in your oven at 250 degrees for 3-4 hours. Yes, you read that right.

The result is tomatoes so sweet you’ll eat them like candy. Warning! They’re really addictive!

summer tomatoes and ricotta

I like to use them as an appetizer with a bowl of ricotta cheese and bread slices that I grill. Sourdough is my favorite, but when it comes to bread and cheese and tomatoes? Anything tastes good!

You can store these slow-roasted tomatoes in the refrigerator for a few days.

More Summer Tomato Ideas

Lucky enough to find some really big summer tomatoes?

I love to slice them and use them as the base for a low-carb version of a BLT.

summer tomato blt

Just use your tomato slice as the bread layer, and then top with fresh mozzarella, lettuce, avocado, bacon and a balsamic drizzle! You won’t believe how tasty this is!

While I always look forward to the fall season, I do hate saying goodbye to the abundance of summer tomatoes. There are so many varieties to enjoy!

I have found that some of my local grocery stores will carry heirloom varieties throughout the year, which gives me a little more of that summer flavor.

While these recipes don’t require summer tomatoes, if you are a tomato lover, be sure to check out my Fresh and Easy Zesty Shrimp Salsa as well as Jill’s Favorite Zucchini.

As a child, I couldn’t imagine liking TOMATOES! Oh, how far I’ve come!

From my kitchen to yours,

Jill

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