Over 600 varieties of great Heirloom Tomatoes will hit the markets soon. With the heat of August and September, we will be in produce paradise, happily steeped in a host of delectable options, all embodying long hours of sun, converted into rich and bold flavors.
Heirloom tomatoes just can’t be beat for their outstanding flavor and the diversity they add to recipes with their many shapes, sizes, and colors. The names are just as creative, varieties include, Giant Oxheart, Green Zebra, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Red Pear, Cherokee Purple, White Wonder, Stump of the World, Watermelon Beefsteak, Nebraska Wedding, Mr. Stripey, Indian Moon, Bloody Butcher, Banana Legs, Abraham Lincoln and Black Krim.
A few years ago we added a Bloody Mary Topping Bar at our annual Heirloom Tomato Lunch, The bar was a hit – and something we have continued to add to and brainstorm on. The possibilities are truly endless!
Bloody Mary Bar
Pickled Vegetables (Green Beans, Radishes, Asparagus, Carrots )
Chopped Basil and Cilantro
Thyme and Rosemary Sprigs
Whole Roasted Garlic
Bloody Mary Mix
2 large heirloom tomatoes
2 ½ ounces Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes Tabasco
1 tablespoon fresh grated horseradish
2 ounces olive juice
1¾ ounces A1 steak sauce
fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Bloody Mary Assembly
4 ounces bloody mary mix
1 ounces Skyy Vodka
1 lime wedge
1 lemon wedge
In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, vodka and bloody mary mix. Squeeze juice from lemon and lime. Shake. Pour over ice