Heirloom recipes are a blast to make, and they only take a little bit of effort. Plus, they can be healthier than traditional foods because many heirlooms have fewer pesticides on them.
Country Fried Green Tomatoes
Country fried green tomatoes are a Southern classic that’s easy to make at home. These crispy fried slices of breaded tomato are delicious on their own, but also make a great accompaniment to any meat or side dish.
To get started, you need a cast iron skillet with a lid—you can buy one at most hardware stores for about thirty dollars. Once you have it in hand and your ingredients prepped, you’re ready to start cooking! Start by adding salt and pepper to each tomato slice (a little goes a long way). Then sprinkle some flour over the top of each slice, followed by some milk (again, use sparingly). Finally add oil in the bottom of your pan; enough so that when you put it into the oven there will be enough oil left over for frying later on! After coating each tomato slice with these three ingredients—flour, salt/pepper and milk—lay them out flat on parchment paper until they’re ready for frying!
Oven Fried Green Tomatoes
This recipe is easy to make, and uses heirloom tomatoes. It’s quick to make, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious. The tomatoes can be served as a side dish or as a main dish! Yum!
Heirloom Tomato Tart
- 2-3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced (about 1/2 inch thick)
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 4 large eggs
How to Make:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9″ tart pan with butter or cooking spray. Assemble your ingredients and equipment on the countertop beside your tart pan so you know where everything is when you need it!
- Place the sliced tomatoes in an even layer at the bottom of your tart pan, overlapping them slightly if necessary to fill up all of that space below there like we did here with two slices side by side then another one right above there followed by one more slice placed vertically down into our “heirloom tomato mound.” This creates really pretty visual interest for those who look closely enough!
Tomato Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs and Avocado Dressing
- Start with 3 hard boiled eggs and avocado.
- Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits and place them in a bowl.
- Peel the eggs, slice them up into little cubes and add them to your avocado halves.
- Next, cut up some tomatoes into chunks and throw them into your bowl as well.
- Add some lettuce (or whatever greens you prefer) on top of everything else for decoration!
You can serve this salad however you want but I recommend using a large plate instead of a small one because it looks more delicious when served on a big platter like mine did above 🙂
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Rosemary-Glazed Heirloom Carrots And Apple Sauce
This recipe is from the Food Network, and it’s for a pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. The ingredients are as follows:
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided use
black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided use
Yummy Fried Green Tomatoes!
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes is a southern dish made with unripe tomatoes that are sliced and fried until crispy. It’s usually served as an appetizer, but it can be served for breakfast or brunch as well!
- 2 large green tomatoes, sliced into ½” rounds (about 8 slices)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt * 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten in a shallow bowl with 1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
My Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce (Passed Down from my Great Grandma!)
This recipe is a great one to have in your arsenal. It’s easy, and it makes enough sauce that you can make more than just spaghetti! The best part? You don’t need to cook the meat first, which means you can throw some ground beef into a pot of sauce and eat it like chili.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound sausage (casings removed) or ground beef (use lean)
- 2 cans tomato paste*
- 2 medium onions
- 6 cloves garlic (cut into large chunks)
Easy Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes are very flavorful and colorful, so they make a great ingredient for your next meal. If you’re looking to add some heirlooms to your diet, here are some tips on how to choose them:
- Look for firm, plump tomatoes with no soft spots or bruises.
- Use heirloom tomatoes as soon as possible after purchasing them—they don’t keep well in the fridge, so eat up!
Now that you know how to pick out good-looking heirlooms, let’s see how we can prepare them:
How To Prepare Heirloom Tomatoes:
- Cut off the stem end of each tomato, then cut into wedges or slices. Make sure all surfaces are washed thoroughly before using them in recipes (the skin is where most pesticides reside). 2) The easiest way I’ve found is by slicing off both ends first then making vertical cuts down each side until only small pieces remain; these will fall right off when pierced with a fork while cooking!
Smoky-Sweet Stewed Tomatoes
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup of red onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add the tomatoes and garlic along with all other ingredients. Cover with lid and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour until things are nice and juicy.
Bruschetta Caprese with Heirloom Tomato and Basil Crostini Recipe (From The Fresh Market)
You will need:
1 baguette or loaf of country bread, cut into 12 slices
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced (or 2 regular tomatoes sliced into sixths)
12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced (see note below)
handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
Avocado, Heirloom Corn and Red Pepper Salsa Recipe (from the Food Network)
- 1 cup chopped ripe avocado (1 large)
- 1/2 cup diced heirloom tomatoes (2 medium)
- 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper (1 small)
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions, white parts only (about 2)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
You can make heirloom dishes at home.
You can make heirloom dishes at home. Heirloom recipes are easy to find, and there are many of them. You can buy heirloom seeds, too!
Heirloom recipes can be healthy and tasty, too. They’re also easy to make—and they’re fun!
We hope you enjoy these heirloom recipes as much as we do!