Instead of tomatoes bruschetta, which I previous said I would make, I served Southern Living Magazine’s heirloom tomato pie. My heirloom tomatoes ($4.99/lb.) also came from Delicious Orchards. The tomatoes had a natural sweetness to them and baking them just seemed to concentrate their flavor. The filling, which is a combination of cheddar cheese, Duke’s Mayonnaise, chopped bacon, shallots and garlic was fabulous. I served it at room temperature which made the contrast of flavors and textures really shine. The next morning I heated a small piece in the microwave until it was warm and it was a great breakfast. Then last night I served the pie hot and my husband and daughter preferred that best.
Our dinner was grilled pork chops with caramelized peaches and basil. I got my pork chops from Pastosa in Manasquan ($4.99/lb.). The pork chops were cooked with just a hint of pink in the center. The peaches that accompanied them were quartered and tossed with some pure maple syrup and a bit of olive oil, yum! The basil that was tossed atop the pork and peaches was a juxtaposition of unexpected flavors. To accompany the pork I made corn pudding. The natural sweetness of the corn suspend in a rich custard, with hint of thyme, was a good do-ahead side dish and a great alternative to the normal corn on the cob.
To keep dessert light and simple, I served chocolate dipped vanilla Madeleines. Overall, an easy dinner and tasty menu shared with great company.
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A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.