Summer has officially come and gone, and our garden has left us with a tangle of vines and a pile of unripe tomatoes. However, we’ve come to realize that just because the tomatoes aren’t red doesn’t mean they’re not tasty!
There’s all sorts of things to do with green tomatoes, from frying them to baking them up in a mince meat pie. Our favorite version so far? A toasted open faced sandwich, with the tomatoes pan-fried and served warm. Goat cheese is a great contrast to the tomatoes, and the saltiness of the Kalamata olives put it into addictive territory for us! We also used some fresh herbs still hanging on in our garden – I preferred dill, where Alex’s favorite was basil.
It’s a great appetizer or light dinner option – we served it the other night as an assemble-your-own dinner right from the cutting board.
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- 2 large green tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives
- 1 handful fresh herbs (for example, dill, basil, and chives)
- 4 slices crusty bread
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Slice the green tomatoes. Thinly slice the red onion, then rinse the slices several times under cold water. Coarsely chop the olives and the herbs.
- Toast the bread slices.
- In a skillet, heat a few drizzles of olive oil. Place the tomato slices in the skillet and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt. Heat until softened and just golden, about 3 minutes per side. Taste and add additional salt as necessary.
- On each slice of bread, spread goat cheese. Top with warm tomatoes, onions, olives, and herbs. Serve immediately. If making ahead, reheat tomatoes prior to serving.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.