Friday, August 21, 2009

Recipe: Vodka Tomatoes

I found this easy and superb recipe recently at epicurious:
  • 3 pints firm small cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup good vodka
  • 3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

Cut a small X in the skin of the bottom of each tomato. Blanch tomatoes in a saucepan of boiling water three seconds and immediately transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking.

Drain and peel the tomatoes, transferring to a large shallow dish.

Stir together vodka, vinegar, sugar, and zest until sugar is dissolved, then pour over tomatoes, gently tossing to coat. Marinate, covered and chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Stir together salt and pepper and serve with tomatoes for dipping


Tri2Cook said...

Hey! I've done something similar to this one! I marinated the tomatoes in tomato water, vodka, lime juice, salt, pepper, hot sauce and worcestershire then plated them with steamed clams and a few garnishes to do a play on the caesar cocktail.

Gfron1 said...

I served them by themselves, but I bet they would be great with seafood. How's your summer tourist season going? Should be wrapping up soon I would think.

Tri2Cook said...

The season is going ok. A little slower than usual, the weather hasn't cooperated this year. Much more rain and much cooler temps than normal. Fortunately summer fishing tourists lead straight into fall moose hunter tourists with a short bear hunter season kinda overlapping the ends of each. After all of that, the tourists pretty much end but the various organization conferences and stuff usually pick up in the winter and keep the bills paid.
How's the summer been for your places?

Gfron1 said...

Busy. Sales are strong and our tourist season as absolutely terrible, so that bodes well going into the holidays. I'm getting my new guy up to speed so I can have some help. I need it.