Fried Tomatoes with Garlic

Fried Tomatoes with Garlic

IMG_2654About six months ago I was in the market for a new cookbook because I desperately needed some new inspiration.  After reviewing some of the top cookbooks in 2013, I came across Jerusalem Cookbook, which had great reviews and interesting dishes.  A few days later I came across the book at a grocery store, so I took a few moments to go through the recipes and immediately was in love!  I bought the book.

Jerusalem Cookbook is hands down the best cookbook I’ve worked with.  Just by following the directions, it tastes like my cooking has been taken up a BIG notch!  The recipes come from a range of traditional dishes, fairly traditional dishes with some modern touches and new dishes that are inspired by the flavors of Jerusalem.  The authors’ abilities to bring out some of the most amazing flavors in the foods is fantastic!  I’ve cooked about a dozen recipes from this book so far and each one is a slam dunk!

Today I’m going to share a super quick and easy dish known as Fried Tomatoes with Garlic.  So simple.  So good.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 small hot chile, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 large, ripe but firm tomatoes (about 1lb in total)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • rustic bread, to serve

Directions:

Mix the garlic, chile, and chopped parsley in a small bowl and set aside.  Top and tail the tomatoes and slice vertically into slices about 2/3 inch thick.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the tomato slices, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 1 minute, then turn over, season again with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the garlic mixture.  Continue to cook for another minute or so,  shaking the pan occasionally, then turn the slices again and cook for a few more seconds, until soft but not mushy.

Turn the tomatoes over onto a serving plate, pour over the juices from the pan, and serve immediately, accompanied with the bread.

 

Typically when sharing a recipe, I wrap up the post by saying “enjoy!”  This time I’m going to say “you’re welcome!”  :)

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The picture above shows the Fried Tomatoes with Garlic served alongside Quinoa with Secret Pesto and Sun-dried Tomatoes.