Finally the moment came. Time to harvest the first big tomato of the year:
|Mr. Stripey Tomato: 1 lbs, 2 oz|
What to do with this big, beautiful tomato? I wanted to highlight it's loveliness and flavor, so I felt a Caprese salad would be perfect.
I assembled some simple ingredients: a big Mr. Stripey tomato, fresh mozzarella, garden fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.
I sliced the tomato and the mozzarella into 1/4 inch slices. Just look at that beautiful tomato!
Then I layered a tomato slice, a mozzarella slice and topped it with a basil leaf. I kept making stacks and then drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.
A beautiful and delicious way to enjoy the first big tomato of summer. Mr. Stripey has a low acid content, which means that the sweetness comes out. It is not a strong or tart tomato, so a simple dish highlights its flavor without drowning it out.
If you decide to grow Mr. Stripey, be sure to not overwater. They are prone to cracking and have a better taste with less water.
Savor those fresh garden tomatoes... summer is fleeting!