Thursday, May 7, 2009

Foodie Friday - Marinated Tomatoes

Well this week on Foodie Friday the topic is cakes -- so quite naturally I decided to share Marinated Tomatoes! But then that's just like me. I don't bake many cakes and Gollum is gracious with allowing anything we want. Thanks Gollum.

My husband and I love tomatoes and where we live (Hanover County) is known locally for having excellent tomatoes. Hanover hosts a Tomato festival in July. So you can tell, we're quite "serious" about our tomatoes around here - but the growing season is pretty short and we're not at peak until July. I used to be such a tomato snob that I wouldn't even eat fresh ones until local Hanover's were in. That is, until I found this particular recipe for Marinated Tomatoes. I've gathered all the ingredients and supplies needed.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt, such as Lawry's or Sauer's
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar

4 to 6 large tomatoes (or 10-12 roma tomatoes) cut into wedges

Wisk all the dressing ingredients to combine. Place the tomatoes in a resealable plastic bag and pour in the dressing. Marinate overnight (or at least 4 hours) in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Paula Deen recipe from Paula Deen & Friends cookbook

Now I don't know about you - but I do wish we could buy a petite bunch of fresh parsley instead of the big old honking bunch they sell at the grocery stores around here. I mean you can only garnish so much - I always end up throwing quite a bit away. Anybody need parsley garnish for their cake? No? I thought not. Wonder if the boys would like parsley on their kibble? hummmmmm.......

Here's my gallon bag of tomato wedges ready to marinate.

For extra security I always put my bag in a big bowl before I put them in the fridge.

Next day you have a bowl of some of the best yumminess available (until the Hanover's are ready that is)! Save the marinade for dressing your salad or it's even good for marinading chicken or steaks! Come on over with your cake and I'll share some tomatoes with you!
See ya!


  1. Martha, I was just thinking about what I wanted for dinner; going to Olive Garden for my birthday with my daughter and also celebrating mothers day. This looks so delicious. I could just eat this by itself or with cottage cheese. Did you grow your own tomatoes? What a great dish.

  2. That looks delish - so refreshing! Nothing like fresh tomatoes with a great dressing! Linda

  3. I adore tomatoes and this year I only have ONE plant out there. I swear to heavens that next year I will have a full garden. Yes! I have promised myself that!! Those tomatoes look fantastic! I must try that! I just cannot get into the store bought ones..NO taste.

    The napkins?? Really? You do that too? You are right...we toe the mark with the linen ones and yet are practical. I LOVE that you do it too...because ..that makes it alright for me to do it!! :) You're right..SMART gals!!

  4. I am picky abouttomatoes...but you may have something here! I must try it! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great Mother's Day ~ Susan

  5. My neighbors plant a huge crop of tomatoes every year. This year they'll have over 17 varieties.
    We're so fortunate to have them share their harvest with us.
    This recipe will be a wonderful way to enjoy the delicious tomatoes.

    Sweet wishes,

  6. Love marinated tomatoes -- I oftentimes marinate grape or cherry ones.

  7. Oh, yummy, Martha! We love tomatoes over here too! I'm going to have to try this recipe. They do look good even if you do have to throw away some of the honkie parsley! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. I love marinated tomatoes and can't wait to get homegrown fresh in the summer. I love to marinate with cucumbers and vidalia onions too! Such a healthy dish! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  9. I can't wait for fresh tomatoes to arrive. I'm a tomato-holic come summertime.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.

  10. Man--or woman--cannot live by cake alone. :-) Marinated tomatoes are ALWAYS welcome at the table, and specially at Foodie Friday. Thank you for introducing me to this recipe. I should have tons of homegrown tomatoes this summer, and this recipe will be a delight.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. This looks wonderful. I love the idea of reserving the marinade for meat. Throw it on the grill and what a wonderful, simple summer meal. Thanks! Kathy

  12. That look delish! I just had something to eat and I'm hungry again. ;-)

    Happy Friday!

  13. I love marinated tomatoes - thanks for the recipe!

  14. Many years ago when I was expecting my second child all I ate was marinated tomatoes and tomato sandwiches on white Wonder Bread with mayo. This looks great and I will be over with my cake. Happy Mother's day.

  15. I'll definitely save this to use with my homegrown tomatoes!

  16. Hi Martha! Just stumbled onto your blog while surfing around and had to click on it since my real name is Martha as well. And your tomato recipe...yum! I live in Lancaster County, PA and we have world-famous Washington Boro tomatoes so I totally know what you mean about how nothing else compares. We actually have a tomato festival here in July and the main food served there is tomato sandwiches. Yum!!

    Blessings to you...happy Mothers Day!

  17. I was here earlier, and had a computer shut down before I could tell you that I am definitely going to try this! We love tomatoes, and these sound so good. You are so right about the parsley. I've never seen a recipe that called for more than a tiny bit. laurie

  18. A true friend shares their tomatoes. I learned that from my uncle, who had a huge garden and always invited my brother and I to pick vegetables for my parents.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    Have a happy mothers day!

  19. Evening, Dear Martha! I hope you've had a wonderful Mother's Day! Please come by my blog tomorrow as I am saying goodbye to Stella and then thanking you for my gifts! You're the bestest!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. Martha - I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful. Those tomatoes look delicious. I can't wait for some to ripen in our area. It will be at least the middle of July before we can get them. Thank you for leaving a comment on my tribute to my mother. I really appreciate it and hope you visit again.


  21. Ohhh yum! Nothing says summer like fresh tomatoes! I love the sound of this recipe...I'll have to try it! Hope you had a great Mothers Day!...Debbie

  22. That recipe for marinated tomatos looks delicious. I'll have to remember that when the tomato crop comes in this summer.
    Thanks for visiting this morning. I got the moss pads at a little shop in Bay City, MI called Violet's Are Blue. If you call her she would probably send you some.