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What to Do with Perfect Tomatoes

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There's something to be said for vegetable integrity—that is, meals that preserve the way a vegetable really tastes even when it's tempting to doll it up. The tomato is one of the best examples of this: As soon as tomatoes roll into high season in late July, all I want to do is start assembling the makings for tomato sauce to have around all year. But when they're are as good as they are right now, it's worth holding off on the sauce and instead preparing tomatoes in ways that celebrate the superlative Tomato without much else standing in the way. Here are 10 recipes—more instruction for assembly than recipe, really—that do just that:

Herb Baked Tomatoes by Posie Harwood

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Fattoush by Rivka

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Fattoush

 

The Fabulous, Legendary Fried Provolone and Tomato Sandwich by lastnightsdinner

Provolone

 

Brown Butter Tomatoes by Amanda Hesser

Brown butter 

 

Pan con Tomate with Burrata by meganvt01

Tomate

 

Tomato Skin Salt by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Salt

 

Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti by Pinch&Swirl

Sauce

 

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash, and Roasted Onions by Merrill Stubbs

Salad

 

Roasted Tomatoes and Onions on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur

Toast

 

A Tomato Sandwich Worthy of a Little Bacon by inpatskitchen

Superlative

This piece originally ran August 10, 2015. We're running an updated version today because there's nothing we want more than a perfect 'mater.

Say you've got a couple of really perfect tomatoes. What will you do with them? Tell us in the comments.

Tags: tomatoes, summer, simple dinner