Whether you say ‘to-may-to’ or ‘to-mah-to,’ chances are you’ll agree there’s nothing like the taste of a sun-ripened heirloom tomato in the heart of summer. DEE-licious! Heirloom afficianados know that there are countless different varieties out there, some more readily found in local farmers markets than others.
For our cool country wedding taking place tomorrow, we ordered multiple crates of heirloom tomatoes to be used in the menu in various ways, from our caprese salad to mini gazpacho shooters, etcetera. For the most part, the tomatoes came in looking exactly like you’d expect. Fat, round and juicy. And then, every so often, tucked in the crates we’d find a few funky looking varieties that just had to be shared. Almost a shame to chop these bizarre looking babies up for the event, so I decided to take a few home to enjoy. My plan is to use the narrow, pepper-looking tomatoes as a cocktail glass and fill it with some grain alcohol, maybe vodka, even a little fresh thyme from the garden. The other “ta-may-toes” will more than likely be sliced and enjoyed with some fresh basil leaves, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!