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12 Recipes That Make Tomatoes More Themselves

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You know and I know that tomato sandwiches are the proper ode to the tomato, somehow making it even better than it is in its original form.

The tomato sandwich's beauty is in its simplicity—in letting the tomato be more or less naked. But there are more ways than that to let the 'mater take center stage. These 12 recipes take as few ingredients and do as little meddling with their star as possible:

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Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde
Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta
Raw Tomato Sauce (Salsa Cruda di Pomodoro)
Raw Tomato Sauce (Salsa Cruda di Pomodoro)
Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart

Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Mascarpone Tart by nannydeb

Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup

Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup by Amanda Hesser

Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic
Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic
Roasted Tomato Jam
Roasted Tomato Jam
Brown Butter Tomatoes

Brown Butter Tomatoes by Amanda Hesser

Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad

Mozzarella and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad by Amanda Hesser

Arranque Roteño (Thick Tomato Dip)
Arranque Roteño (Thick Tomato Dip)
Crispy Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic
Crispy Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic
Pan con Tomate with Burrata
Pan con Tomate with Burrata

You have the world's most beautiful tomatoes and can gussy them up with 4 other ingredients, tops. What do you do? Tell us in the comments.

Tags: Tomato Week