A good tomato can stand alone. A pinch of salt merely enhances the naked goodness of this fruit. On the other hand, there are many dishes that will benefit from the company of tomatoes, which is why you'll often find it in the company of other ingredients. In fact, tomatoes can sometimes add a sweetening touch to a dish and at others serve as a zesty addition to your recipe. Try one or more of these appetizers the next time you entertain, and see what a tomato can do for your meal.
Tomato and Basil Bruschetta - You'll find this recipe is faithful to its Italian origins.
Vodka-Spiked Cherry Tomatoes with Pepper Salt - Here's a sassy twist on the innocent little cherry tomato.
Quick Basic Salsa - Mexican Cuisine Guide Chelsie Kenyon offers a simple recipe for making your own salsa.
Tomato Pie - This recipe can serve many roles including appetizer, side dish, or even a main dish if paired with bread and a salad.
Spiced Tomato Bruschette - This recipe from Gourmet magazine has more of a southwestern flavor to it than Italian.
Tomato Bruschetta Dijon - This piquant recipe from Kraft Foods includes olives among the tomatoes.
Layered BLT Dip - There's something about a layered dip that looks so dressy, but they really are among the easiest to make.
Bread, Mozarella and Tomato Donuts - These will take some time to prepare, but I bet you'll find they disappear in a flash.
Insalata Caprese - This is the classic dish that pairs tomatoes, mozarella, and basil. Italian Cuisine Guide Kyle Phillips adds a little extra zest to this dish with capers and olives.
Tomato Basil Squares - These are always popular with guests.
Fried Green Tomatoes - Use up those late season tomatoes that simply don't have enough time to ripen on the vine.
Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes - This fresh and light Spanish recipe is stuffed with a tuna mixture, and can be a delicious addition to any menu.