It’s that time of year again: Your green garden tomatoes have developed a warm, flushed color seemingly overnight and even the teeniest cherry and grape tomatoes have suddenly taken on a more plump and robust shape. Soon your garden -- and the grocery store produce section -- will be overflowing with the sweetest, freshest tomatoes of the year. Browse some of Food Network's favorite tomato-centered recipes and take advantage of this in-season fruit (not vegetable!) while it lasts.
Food Network Magazine’s Heirloom Tomato Pie (pictured above) is baked atop a buttery, cheesy crust, filled with a savory tomato-onion-fresh herb filling and baked until golden brown. Serve this bright and colorful pie as a healthy brunch or light lunch option.
For a creative and refreshing starter selection, try Giada’s Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers from Cooking Channel. Here, juicy watermelon cubes, bite-sized cherry tomatoes and fragrant fresh basil leaves are strung on skewers and drizzled with a tangy yet sweet balsamic syrup.
For the ultimate summer side dish, try Food 2’s recipe for Charred Heirloom Tomatoes With Fresh Herbs. Lightly grilled and seasoned with fresh thyme and oregano, these ripe red tomatoes are bursting with concentrated sweetness. Serve along with grilled chicken or roasted fish for a simple and satisfying summer supper.
An ideal addition to any picnic or potluck, Food.com’s recipe for Fresh Tomatoes Stuffed With a Summer Orzo Salad features a flavorful pasta salad, tossed with salty olives, crunchy toasted pine nuts and peppery arugula. This hearty -- but healthful -- dish celebrates the freshest tastes of the season and pairs well with all cookout favorites.