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Sweet and Sour Heirloom Tomato Ice Cream, Presto

July 28, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

Well I have yet to heed Jenny's advice to get myself an ice cream maker. Her article about the melon sorbet is convincing me though. Meanwhile in search of an interesting, quick dessert, I smooshed some sweet, juicy heirloom tomatoes in with a great local-made vanilla ice cream, along with sapa, that wonderful ancient Roman sweetener from the must of grapes (available from Nudo), and a sprinkle of ground sumac (easy to find in any mideastern market). This is mainly a quick assembly recipe. The sweet and savory flavors come together uniquely. I like the way the ground lemony sumac adds a slightly crunchy topping. It is a bit salty, the way it is processed. Maybe I will upload my fresh sumac tea recipe, too. Gosh, I really need to get back to writing my book and stop all my entries, but they are so much fun! —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet and juicy heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 cup best vanilla ice cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac (see photos)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1 tablespoon sapa or 1/2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  1. Smoosh the finely chopped tomatoes into the ice cream.
  2. Add in the sapa if you have it, or basalmic vinegar, cardamon, and most of the ground sumac. Sprinkle the remaining sumac on top for a finish. Make sure the ice cream is soft and creamy for serving.

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10 Reviews

aargersi July 28, 2010
Sumac at World Spice Merchants too! http://www.worldspice.com/spices/0171sumac.shtml beware - once you go on their site you risk losing all self control and ordering EVERYTHING, then you have to order a short ton of Amanda's little tins to keep everything in and find the right markers and eventually anyone you live with will declare you completely out of your mind. Don't say I didn't warn you :-)
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
Too late!
SallyCan July 28, 2010
This is intriguing, and your picture is great. I'll have to find some sumac! Does it dissolve into the ice cream?
You can make ice cream like granita, freezing it in a metal tray and stirring every 30 minutes or so.
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
Thanks. I will try that. Yes, you can mix it right in with the ice cream and it will dissolve. I was amazed to find you can get this at Amazon, and you don't need 50 lbs version. A 7 or 8 oz. bag will last a long time. I also like to buy spices and figure out how to use them like aargersi.
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
I should point out that the source of the ground sumac is different from my iced tea staghorn sumac. Ground sumac is from Rhus Coriaria. Anyone with nut allergies should take precautions because this is in the cashew family (Anacardiaceae). See my advice with my sumac iced tea recipe.

aargersi July 28, 2010
Is the sumac the red stuff? It's beautiful and I know zero about it - what does it taste like and where does one get it? I am enjoying all your recipes - the book can wait :-)
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
Thanks. I am a huge fan of yours btw. Yes, I have a photo of the kind that I found at our mideastern green grocers. You could probably also order some online. It is dark reddish, crunchy, lemony, and a little salty, I find. There are no added ingredients listed on the bag though. When I first bought it, I thought I would use it for iced tea, but it proved too salty for my taste for that...so it has been sitting around until this week. I will use it in sauces and soups this fall. I just uploaded my fresh sumac tea recipe, so you can see what the berries look like. Do you have these in Texas?
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
Thanks!! But I do also like my day job, I just like this more:)
Sagegreen July 28, 2010
You can get it on Amazon.com as well as other places. Here are a few links to buy the sumac I just found online:

aargersi July 28, 2010
Thanks! For the info and the nice words :-) I will look for it - I love buying stuff that I know nothing about and then figuring out how to use it - just opened my fenugreek on Monday!! I bet I can find it around here and if not I will order on line ...