Summer is the only season to eat fresh tomatoes
At least, if you live in the northeast, where the most amazing heirloom tomatoes start coming around mid July and stick around through October. Tomatoes bred to travel well don’t usually taste like much, but the ones from local farmer’s markets are good enough to eat whole! I’m lucky enough to have access to fantastic heirlooms working at Chesley Vegetable Farms in my neighborhood on Saturdays, and got some yellow ones last weekend.
Another thing that happened last week: cashew cream. I guess most people call this cashew cheese, but I think the consistency is more like a spread than a true cheese, and I like to add some extra water so it’s a little saucier (also great over noodles this way!). A new friend introduced me to this recipe and I promptly made a double batch (note: my friend added a little nutritional yeast to hers, which really put it over the top!). Since the cashew cheese is vegan, I figured baking it in a vegan crust would fit nicely – and voila, a summer treat that is loaded to the brim with fiber, protein, and veggies.
Summer tomato pie with cashew cream
- vegan crust (I used 100% whole wheat flour; olive oil would work best)
- cashew cream (I added 1/2 cup of water and used roasted garlic cloves)
- 5-6 medium tomatoes
- dash black pepper
Preheat oven to 350F. Press the crust into a 9″ pan, up the sides and evenly onto the floor. Add half the cashew cream and spread over the bottom with the back of a spoon. Slice tomatoes across the side (perpendicular to the stem, not through it) and gently push seeds out to remove moisture. Place de-seeded tomatoes in a single layer, then add the rest of the cream, spread, and add another layer of tomatoes. Garnish with black pepper. Bake for 1 hour, then remove and let cool for 20-30 minutes before serving. (This would probably also be great with herbs between the cream and tomatoes, and might work well with other summer veggies…maybe some zucchini or eggplant??)