Friday, July 4, 2014

FFWD ~ Tomatoes Provençal….and a Happy 4th of July



FFWD ~ Tomatoes Provençal
It’s time for French Fridays again! This week we’re making Tomatoes Provençal. I was hoping to have fresh tomatoes from my garden for this one. Alas, everything is so late this year. The only thing I see, are the flowers that will become tomatoes! I did find some lovely heirloom tomatoes at the grocery store, along with tomatoes on the vine. This recipe is easy, and can be prepared hours ahead.  I even baked mine ahead because, Dorie tells us that you can serve them at room temperature, or reheat them just before you put them on the table. 
One thing I had an abundance of, were fresh herbs growing on my deck. I love summer time!!  I used basil, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Chopping and mixing them with salt, pepper, and chopped garlic. The herbs were sprinkled on top of the tomato halves, and drizzled with olive oil.
Since I’m hosting a 4th of July barbecue, these will be a perfect side dish. I love the rustic appearance of the beautifully baked tomatoes! Happy Friday everyone!

Whatever your plans may be, wishing you all a safe and Happy 4th of July!! 

Ready for the oven
Rustic and beautiful...
Perfect for any barbecue
Happy 4th Everyone!!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, “Around My French Table” or here at the Pittsburg Post-gazette

26 comments:

  1. HI Kathy!
    Happy Fourth to YOU too!!! Oh those tomatoes look so rustically delicious:) I can't wait to harvest tomatoes from my garden. But, as you said, everything is so late this year. I have lots of flowers but no fruit, yet:) This dish would make a perfect companion to a barbecue bash! Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy. Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th, have FUN!

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  2. Have a terrific holiday, Kathy! Your tomatoes look spectacular!!!

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  3. Your tomatoes look fantastic, Kathy . Happy 4th of July !

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  4. Beautiful Kathy!
    Happy 4th of july!

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  5. Such beautiful looking tomatoes! Happy Fourth of July!

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  6. Kathy, an absolute perfection! Love, love your Tomato Provencal...I have made a similar version of this, Italian style. Beautiful, and vibrant colors!
    Happy 4th of July! Hugs,

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  7. You're so lucky to have tomatoes in your garden! even if they weren't ready for this recipe haha :) I used to have tomatoes but they grew smaller and smaller and then stopped growing *sigh* This dish looks amazing!!

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  8. Those heirloom tomatoes are so gorgeous!
    Have a great weekend!
    Angie

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  9. Happy belated 4th of July! Hope the bbq went swimmingly. What a gorgeous dish! I'm sure it will be even more fabulous when those flowers turn into fruits.

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  10. Kathy, great choice for a dish - and your tomatoes looks fabulous, what a nice and colorful presentation! Hopy the fourth of July BBQ was a smashing success - I am sure it was if your pepared the food!
    Have a great weekend!

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  11. Wonderful pick, Kathy. Sounds like everyone loved this one. And nice to have an easy one in preparation for next week's recipe, which sounds a pick trickier for sure. I just bought my squash blossoms today and I must admit that the whole thing sounds quite intimidating.

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  12. These look beautiful, Kathy! Using fresh herbs in a preparation like this makes them taste so much better! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

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  13. Awesome colors you got there!

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  14. I also served these as a side dish for our 4th July party. They were a big hit. I am using the leftovers for pizza tonight.

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  15. Nice pictures, Kathy. Don't you love the "red" look. This week, unlike many others, the food photographed beautifully. I already know that your barbeque was a success but I hope it was really fun for the host and hostess also. And, I hope you had good weather...... Thank you for making this weeks terrific recipe "pick". Everyone seems to have enjoyed it (what's not to like?) and it was so simple and easy for the busy July 4th Week-end.

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  16. Happy 4th! (Belatedly)
    This was a perfect pick for the holiday week - lovely presentation.

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  17. They look SO wonderful and so full of flavor - I LOVE recipes like this! can't wait for our tomatoes to ripen!
    Mary

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  18. These tomatoes look so incredible, I love the filling :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  19. Mmmm... one more reason to look forward to tomato season!

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  21. Lovely job. These tomatoes look delicious:)

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  22. Those tomatoes are a wonderful ripe color and the dish is making me drool.

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  23. Hi Kathy, what a gorgeous and delish tomato dish! Love the color and the way you prepared it. Thanks for sharing and regards :)

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  24. What a perfect summer side dish. And it will be even better when your own tomatoes are ready. I was able to use herbs from own herb garden as well. Don't you always find that satisfying?

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  25. I love being able to go out and the garden for fresh herbs! Your tomatoes look beautiful.

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  26. I'm so confused by how late everything has been this summer. I keep expecting to have things fresh, and then realize that they aren't ready yet. Hopefully this means we'll have lots of fresh stuff in September....Your photos are beautiful. I love the patriotic table runner.

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