Appetizers

Breakfast

Make Ahead Herby Tomato and Goat Cheese Egg Muffins

herbed-egg-cups
Make Ahead Herby Maverick Mix® Tomato and Goat Cheese Egg Muffins
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 12 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Pepper
  • ½ Cup Crumbled Goat Cheese (sun-dried tomato goat cheese is delicious)
  • 1 Cup of Maverick Mix® Tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Dill
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Mint
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners (optional, but makes for easier clean up!)
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until egg yolks and whites are combined.
  4. Chop fresh herbs and crumble goat cheese.
  5. Add in Mix and Match Village Farms tomatoes, herbs, and cheese and fold into the whisked eggs.
  6. Ladle egg mixture into muffin cups and place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until eggs have puffed and cooked through. (Note: eggs will deflate after they come out of the oven.)
  7. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks.

Recipe and photography by My Diary of Us

Appetizers

Breakfast

Tomato Jam on Sage & Feta Scones

recipe-header2
Lorabella Blossom Tomato Jam on Sage & Feta Scones
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pints Village Farms Lorabella Blossom® tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Scones
  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • ⅔ cup tapioca flour (or starch)
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup butter, chilled and cut in cubes
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and sea salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk until the dry ingredients are combined.
  3. Add the eggs, cream, butter and vanilla to the bowl.
  4. Use your hands to mix everything together until incorporated and combined.
  5. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the feta and chopped sage.
  6. Transfer the dough to a cutting board and form into a large circle with your hands. Use a sharp knife to cut into size large triangles.
  7. Transfer each triangle to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. While the scones are cooking, place the sliced Lorabella Blossom® tomatoes in a pot over medium heat.
  9. Cook the tomatoes, stirring frequently until the tomatoes are reduced, about 20-30 minutes.
  10. Add the coconut sugar and balsamic vinegar. Continue to cook until combined and thick, about five more minutes.
  11. If you like chunky jam, transfer to a jar and set aside. If you like smoother jam, transfer to a food processor and process for about 30 seconds until the jam is less chunky before transferring to a jar.
  12. When the scones are done baking, transfer to a cooking rack then serve with the jam.

Recipe and photography by The Toasted Pine Nut

Appetizers

Lunch

Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas

xmas-tress
mini christmas tree pizzas
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 12-14 pizzas
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. premade whole wheat pizza dough
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup Village Farms Maverick Mix® tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • Christmas tree cookie cutter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out pizza dough to ½-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut Christmas trees out of the dough. Lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Top each pizza with pizza sauce, tomatoes, cheese, and spinach.
  4. Bake 10 minutes, or until browned and cheese is melted

Recipe and photography by Produce For Kids

Read – A Fun Family Holiday

Appetizers

Breakfast

Tomato, Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Mini Quiche

quiche2
Cabernet Estate Reserve®, Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Mini Quiche
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 24 quiches
 
Ingredients
  • • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • • ½ large sweet onion, sliced
  • 24 mini phyllo shells
  • ½ cup chopped Village Farms® Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes
  • 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until onions are softened.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook additional 20-30 minutes, stirring often, until onions are caramelized. Remove from heat, transfer to cutting board and finely chop.
  4. Place phyllo shells on parchment-lined baking sheet. Add onions, tomatoes and goat cheese.
  5. Whisk eggs, cream, salt and pepper in bowl. Pour into phyllo shells.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until eggs are set.

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Produce for Kids

Read – A Fun Family Holiday

Appetizers

Tomato, Feta & Pesto Puff Pastry

puff-pastries
tomato, feta & pesto puff pastry
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 9 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Village Farms® Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed slightly
  • 3 Tbsp. pesto
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh basil, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Unroll puff pastry on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cut into 9 squares. Roll in edges of puff pastry slightly to create a frame. Top each square with 1 tsp. pesto, feta and a tomato slice.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and top with fresh basil.

Recipe and photography by Produce For Kids

Read – A Fun Family Holiday

Appetizers

Dinner

Lunch

Upside Down Crispy Cornbread

cornbread
Upside Down Crispy Tomato Cornbread
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • • 5 to 6 Village Farms Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes (enough for 24 thin slices)
  • • 12 small sage leaves
  • • 1½ cups cornmeal
  • • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • • 1½ tablespoons baking powder
  • • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • • 3 eggs
  • • 1½ cups milk
  • • ½ cup olive oil
  • • 2 tablespoons butter
  • • Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Using a sharp serrated knife, thinly slice the tomatoes. Salt them and place them on a cutting board. After a few minutes, transfer them to a paper towel and place another paper towel on top to remove as much liquid as possible. Wash and dry the sage leaves.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, then stir in the milk and olive oil.
  4. When the oven is preheated, place the butter in a 9 x 13” pan and place the pan in the oven for a few minutes to melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, brush it over the entire pan. Arrange tomatoes and sage leaves on the bottom of the pan (ours fit 6 rows of 4 tomatoes; make sure to place the sage leaves upside down).
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. As carefully as possible, slowly pour the batter over the tomatoes and sage leaves, making sure not to move the rows of tomatoes. Smooth out the top with a spatula.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake about 30 minutes, until the sides are browned (if your oven is uneven, at 15 minutes, rotate the pan for even baking). Remove from the oven and run a sharp knife around the edges, then carefully invert it onto a baking sheet. Top with a thin layer of finely grated Parmesan cheese and broil on high for 3 to 4 minutes until crisp.
  7. Cut into pieces and serve warm (or at room temperature). To store, wrap the remaining pieces in aluminum foil and store refrigerated or frozen. Prior to serving, reheat in a 350F oven until warmed through and crisp (the bread becomes very dry when cold, so reheating for a few minutes in the oven is preferable.)

Recipe and photography by A Couple Cooks

Read – Turn the Holidays Upside Down

Appetizers

Breakfast

Lunch

Sweet & Savory Toast 4 Ways

toast

Lorabella Blossom® Savory Toast
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 Village Farms Lorabella Blossom® Tomatoes
  • 1 slice cinnamon raisin bread
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Raisins
  • Honey
  • Freshly cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Spread ricotta cheese on cinnamon raisin toast
  2. Slice tomatoes and place on toast
  3. Top with as many pumpkin seeds and raisins as you desire
  4. Drizze with honey
  5. Grind pepper over toast to taste

Cabernet Estate Reserve® Toast
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes
  • Village Farms Luscious Seedless® Long English Cucumber
  • Hearty seed bread
  • ½ an avocado, smashed
  • 2 tbsp. feta cheese
  • 2-3 Kalamata olives
  • Red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Spread smashed avocado on hearty seed bread toast
  2. Slice tomatoes and place on toast
  3. Top with feta cheese, cucumber and olives
  4. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes to taste

Cabernet Estate Reserve® Toast
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes
  • Whole grain bread
  • Smashed burrata
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic reduction
  • Freshly cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Spread smashed burrata on whole grain toast
  2. Slice tomatoes and place on toast
  3. Top with fresh basil
  4. Drizze with balsamic reduction
  5. Grind pepper over toast to taste

Lorabella Blossom® Toast
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Village Farms Lorabella Blossom® Tomatoes
  • Sourdough bread
  • Apple butter
  • Arugula
  • 1 poached egg
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Freshly cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Arrange arugula on sourdough toast
  2. Heat a skillet and poach one egg
  3. Place poached egg on arugula
  4. Slice tomatoes and place on arugula
  5. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon
  6. Grind pepper over toast to taste

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

Read – Raise a Toast to Fall

Appetizers

Dinner

Lunch

Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs

recipefeaturephoto
Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Maverick Mix® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Cabernet Estate Reserve® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again® tomatoes
  • 10 oz. Village Farms Lorabella Blossom™ tomatoes
  • 2 cups assorted Village Farms Sweet Bells® peppers
  • 2 onions coarsely chopped
  • ½ lb. cubed beef
  • ½ lb. cubed chicken
  • ½ lb. shrimp
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse all vegetables
  2. Chop sweet bell peppers and onions to approximate 2 in. by 2 in. squares
  3. Cube chicken and beef to approximate 2 in. by 2 in. squares
  4. Display ingredients in separate bowls
  5. Allow guests to create their own kabobs by skewering meats, tomatoes, onions, and peppers to their liking
  6. Brush kabobs with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper (and any other seasonings you may like)
  7. Carefully place skewers on grill over medium heat
  8. Cook to desired doneness of the respective meats rotating every few minutes.
  9. Serve over a bed of rice

Appetizers

Sweet & Savory Ice Pops 4 Ways

popsicles

Cherry No. 9 Fall in Love Again® Popsicle
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 8 popsicles
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Cabernet Estate Reserve® Popsicle
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 5 popsicles
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Scrumptious Mini® Cucumber Popsicle
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 5 popsicles
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Village Farms Scrumptious Mini® cucumbers, peeled
  • 1 ¼ cup honeydew
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Lorabella Blossom™ Popsicle
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 5 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 8 Village Farms Lorabella Blossom™ tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen peaches, defrosted (about 4 fresh, peeled)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Place all items into a blender.
  2. Blend until consistency is smooth and fully pureed.
  3. Pour blend into popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks.
  4. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD

Read – Make Your Summer Pop

Appetizers

fresh tomato salsa

salsaw
fresh tomato salsa
Author: 
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package Sinfully Sweet Campari® tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ red onion, either finely diced or coarsely grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 clove garlic, either minced or grated on a microplane
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt (taste to your liking)
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Recipe by Diana Pittet

Read – Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana

Appetizers

Lunch

caprese salad

caprese
Caprese Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the balsamic reduction, stir the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, and then simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to ⅓ cup. Allow it to cool to room temperature before using.
  3. Slice the campari tomatoes and mozzarella.
  4. Layer them on the plate, alternating between the two.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves and drizzle with the balsamic reduction before serving.

Recipe and photography by Diana Ponce

Read – Dazzle Your Sweetheart with a Delicious Date Night In

Appetizers

Dinner

Lunch

Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread

pizza
Chicken Cacciatore Flatbread
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Naan flatbreads
  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 bag Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp fresh black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Take ¼ bag of Village Farms Heavenly Villagio Marzano tomatoes and chop until it turns into a very chunky sauce. The remaining tomatoes, cut into small discs. Set aside.
  3. Heat a pan with olive oil, add chopped onions and cook 1 min. Now add chopped garlic, ½ tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, thyme, and oregano. Mix, bring heat down to medium and cook 2 mins.
  4. Now add your chopped tomatoes, chicken and half of the tomato discs. Let sit and cook on low 8-10 mins. If you think you overcooked it, simply add a little chicken stock to bring back its juice.
  5. We don't want it too watery because it will make the flatbread soggy. We're looking for a thicker consistency. Set side 5 mins to cool.
  6. Spread tomato and chicken mixture on flatbread leaving behind extra juices (if needed). Now place the remaining discs on top of the pizza spread out evenly.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 5 mins! Serve hot topped with fresh parmesan cheese and basil! Enjoy!

Recipe and photography by Alex Torres

Read – Dazzle Your Sweetheart with a Delicious Date Night In

Appetizers

Lunch

toasted ravioli nachos

nachos2
toasted ravioli nachos
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 boxes (16 ounces each) toasted beef ravioli (sub cheese or spinach for vegetarian option)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) shredded Mexican-style taco cheese
  • 1 pound Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ⅓ cup sliced black olives
  • Guacamole, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. On large rimmed baking pan, prepare ravioli according to package directions. Sprinkle with black beans and cheese; return to oven and bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and beans are warmed through.
  2. Serve topped with campari tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, onion and olives. Serve with guacamole, hot sauce, sour cream and lime wedges.

Recipe and photography by Lori Yates

Read “Toasted Ravioli Nachos for the Big Game”

Appetizers

Dinner

Lunch

heavenly villagio marzano® tomato galette

villagefarmstomatogallete-recipe-1
heavenly villagio marzano® tomato galette
Author: 
Yields: 1 small 8-inch tart - Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Large onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 10 oz Package Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz White cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 14.1 oz Package refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crusts, use one of the two crusts
  • 1 Egg white
  • ½ tsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Fresh thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Remove one roll of dough from the box, remove dough from plastic wrapper and let come to room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and add sliced onion and salt and cook until caramelized, about 25–30 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat and drain well on a paper towel.
  3. Unroll the dough and place onto crust – in order – onions, shredded cheese and mini san marzano tomato slices being careful to leave a 1-inch border around the edges of the dough for folding. Fold the uncovered 1-inch edge of the dough up around the contents. The filling inside the galette (or tart) should be visible. Brush a small amount of the egg white mixture over the edges of the exposed crust. Bake at 400º for 20–25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Top with fresh thyme before serving.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

Read “Happy Christmas, Texas-Style”

Appetizers

Breakfast

roasted campari bloody mary

bloody-mary
roasted campari bloody mary
Ingredients
  • 3½ pounds Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ cup water, plus additional if needed
  • 2½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 16 ounces vodka
  • Celery stalks, cooked cocktail shrimp, lemon wedges, olives, and/or Village Farms true rebel mix® tomatoes, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut campari tomatoes in half and divide between two rimmed baking pans. Drizzle campari tomatoes with oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Use hands to toss until all campari tomatoes are coated in oil, then turn them so cut sides are facing down. Transfer pans to oven and bake 45 minutes or until campari tomatoes are very soft and tomato skins are shriveled. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Carefully pull skins off tomatoes and discard. Transfer campari tomatoes and any accumulated juices to blender. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, dill, lemon juice, horseradish, celery seeds, lime juice, sriracha, paprika, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Blend until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Taste mixture and adjust seasonings and spices to suit your taste. Transfer mixture to covered container or jar and refrigerate until chilled, or up to 5 days.
  3. Fill 8 pint glasses with ice. Add 2 ounces vodka to each glass; top with Bloody Mary mix. Stir well and serve with desired garnishes.

Appetizers

sinfully sweet & spicy gazpacho

gaspacho
sinfully sweet & spicy gazpacho
Author: 
Yields: 12 portions<br> Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash all the fresh vegetables.
  2. Trim the green onions and remove the whites.
  3. Split the jalapeño and remove/discard the seeds.
  4. Peel and grate the fresh horseradish (reserve 2 tbsp for garnish).
  5. Zest and juice the limes.
  6. Combine all ingredients in blender (except a couple tbsp of the horseradish).
  7. Chill and serve extremely cold in chilled glasses, with fresh horseradish stirred in at the last moment.

Appetizers

bruschetta bars

Bruschetta-Bar-CherryNo9
bruschetta bar
Author: 
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Yields: 16 portions
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Each different tomato variety will take a different type of dice: dice the campari tomatoes into small cubes, cut the mini san marzano tomatoes into ½" coins by cutting them on a cross section; cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters (to make wedges); cut the cabernet estate reserve™ tomatoes into quarters and then in half again to make them quite fine.
  2. Toss tomatoes with olive oil and vinegar at least an hour before serving so they have a chance to assimilate.
  3. Add the basil just prior to serving.
  4. Scoop onto toasted bruschetta and serve.

crostini
Author: 
Yields: 16 portions Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Baguette or long ciabbata
  • ¼ tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Slice baguettes into ½" thick disks by cutting the baguette on the cross section.
  3. Lay the sliced baguette pieces out on a baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle them with olive oil and salt on both sides.
  5. Bake in the oven 5-8 minutes or until just golden; you want them to come out and crisp up as they cool, but still retain a soft center.

Appetizers

Dinner

Lunch

grilled ratatouille stuffed tomatoes

VF Stuffed Campari

grilled ratatouille stuffed mini campari tomatoes
Author: 
Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Hollow out the campari tomatoes by cutting off the tops and scooping out the interiors with a small spoon. Reserve the juice, core, and seeds.
  2. Preheat a grill pan or bbq.
  3. Cut the onion, peppers, zucchini, and eggplant into halves and quarters.
  4. Brush them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  5. Grill the fresh vegetables by placing them cut side down on the grill and not moving them for 2 minutes.
  6. Only grill the one side, then remove the fresh vegetables from the grill. Allow to cool.
  7. Finely dice all fresh vegetables, and combine in a large mixing bowl.
  8. Add the campari tomato vinaigrette to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  9. Add chopped mint and parsley.
  10. Add crumbled feta. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Stuff the hollowed out campari tomatoes with the seasoned grilled vegetables.
  12. Serve individually or platter up more of the salad and serve the tomatoes over top “family style”.

campari tomato vinaigrette
Author: 
Yields: 1 cup Approx. prep time: 5 min
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Campari tomato seeds & water
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup White wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Appetizers

Lunch

roasted cherry and cabernet tomatoes with burrata and basil

VF Cherry Cabernet Burrata

roasted cherry and cabernet tomatoes with burrata and basil
Author: 
Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500°F - Broil; move a rack to the top.
  2. Brush the cherry tomatoes with a bit of the olive oil, and lay them out one layer deep on a sheet pan.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast under the broiler on the top rack until the cherry tomatoes get some charring and start to blister.
  5. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a platter.
  6. Add the burrata to the platter, cut it open, and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Drizzle the cheese and cherry tomatoes with the remaining olive oil.
  8. Hand tear fresh basil and scatter over the salad.

Appetizers

Lunch

tuna-stuffed mini cucumber canoes

Tuna Stuffed Mini Cucumbers
tuna-stuffed mini cucumber canoes
Author: 
Yields: 4 portions Approx. prep time: 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 6 Village Farms mini cucumbers
  • 1 120g tin Canned tuna in water, drained
  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Edamame, shelled
  • 1 Lemon, juice and zest
  • Pinch Black pepper
  • Pinch Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix tuna, mayo, and lemon juice in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Cut the mini cucumbers in half lengthwise, and shave a thin slice off the bottom so they sit flat.
  3. Using a small spoon, carve out a groove by removing the seeds and making a "canoe".
  4. Chop the extra mini cucumber slices and seeds, and toss into the tuna salad mixture.
  5. Fill up the mini cucumber "canoes" with the tuna salad and place the edamame beans on top. Sprinkle with lemon zest.

Appetizers

Lunch

mini pizzas

Mini Pizzas

mini pizzas
Author: 
Yields: 8 individual pizzas Approx. prep time: 1 hour 15 min
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ea Pizza dough balls/shells
  • 1 batch Pizza sauce
  • ½ cup Cornmeal or all-purpose flour
  • 1 lb Shredded mozzarella or bocconcini cheese
  • 1 lb Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 lb Mild pepperoni or salami
  • 1 lb Ham
  • 1 lb Pineapple
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F or prepare a BBQ with a pizza stone.
  2. Prepare the dough and sauce following the instructions below.
  3. Roll out the doughs onto a surface with a bit of coarse cornmeal or all-purpose flour to keep them from sticking.
  4. Arrange the doughs, pizza sauce, and toppings of your choice where the kids can reach and build their own pizzas!
  5. After assembling the mini pizzas, bake for approximately 8–10 minutes. Your kids will love eating the pizzas they made themselves!

pizza dough
Author: 
Yields: 8 individual pizzas Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
  • 650 ml Lukewarm water
  • 2 7g Dry yeast packet
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cups Italian-style "OO" flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Put the lukewarm water in a mixing bowl with a dough hook.
  2. Add the yeast and the sugar. Stir once, then allow to sit for a few minutes until it develops a bit of a froth.
  3. Add olive oil, and mix on low for 10 seconds to incorporate the oil and agitate the yeast.
  4. Add the flour, and mix on low until the loose flour is combined. Increase the speed to medium-high.
  5. Mix until all the dough begins to be caught up in the dough hook and is no longer sticking to the walls.
  6. Increase mixer speed to high and allow the dough hook to work the dough for 30 seconds.
  7. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, and turn out onto a floured surface. Lightly knead the dough for another 30 seconds.
  8. Shape into individual balls, and lay out on a baking sheet covered with a clean dish cloth.
  9. Allow to proof on the counter for 30–40 minutes.
  10. When the dough is ready to roll out, dress and bake in a 400°F oven. (If you want to store the dough longer, place the whole batch in a large ball in a covered bowl, and store it in the refrigerator.)

pizza sauce
Author: 
Yields: 2 cups Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Simmer on low heat for 15–20 minutes.
  2. Blend directly in the pot with a stick blender (or transfer to a food processor/blender and purée). Cool and reserve.

Appetizers

Breakfast

Lunch

tomato rubbed toast with ricotta, peas, & chorizo

Campari Tomato Toast
pa amb tomàquet (tomato rubbed toast) with campari tomatoes, ricotta, peas, & chorizo
Author: 
Yields: 12 crostini Approx. prep time: 20 min
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb Village Farms sinfully sweet campari® tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Baguette
  • ½ lb Chorizo sausage, dry cured
  • 1 cup Ricotta
  • 1 cup English peas
  • ¼ cup Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 head Garlic
  • 1 Lemon, juice and zest
  • ½ tsp Peperoncino chili flakes
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  2. Cut chorizo sausage into small diced cubes.
  3. Chop parsley and mint, fold half into the ricotta and reserve the rest for garnish.
  4. Zest the lemon into the ricotta and reserve the remaining lemon/juice to finish.
  5. Cut baguette into cross sections 1” thick and place on a sheet pan.
  6. Drizzle baguette slices with half of your olive oil.
  7. Toast baguette slices in oven at high heat until brown and crusty, 3–5 minutes.
  8. Rub each crusty slice of bread 2–3 swipes with a raw garlic clove.
  9. Cut Campari tomatoes in half and rub the cut surface of the tomato onto the crusty bread until it's mashed down to a paste on the bread. Do this for all the baguettes and lay them out on a sheet pan.
  10. Top each baguette slice with a dollop of the herbed ricotta. Pat down a flat spot, then drop a tablespoon each of diced chorizo and peas directly onto the ricotta.
  11. Top with the remaining lemon juice, chopped mint, and parsley.
  12. Season with salt and pepper, and transfer to a serving platter.

Appetizers

cucumber crudite with roasted campari tomato hummus

Scrumptious Mini Cucumber Crudite
cucumber crudite with roasted campari tomato hummus
Author: 
Yields: 4 cups Approx. prep time: 30 min
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Village Farms scrumptious mini cucumbers
  • 1 lb Village Farms sinfully sweet campari tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb Chickpeas, cooked
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ cup Sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • ½ tsp Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place campari tomatoes in a heavy pan and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roast the campari tomatoes at 425°F for 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a food processor or blender and purée while pouring in the remaining olive oil.
  6. Once the mixture is smooth, add garlic, chickpeas, and sesame seeds, and continue to purée.
  7. Add salt, pepper, cumin, parsley, lemon juice, and zest, and purée once more briefly—just enough to rough chop the parsley and combine the final seasonings.
  8. Serve with sliced mini cucumbers.

Appetizers

cherry tomato thumbprint cookies

Cherry No. 9 Thumbprint Cookies

cherry no. 9 fall in love again® pepper jelly jam
Author: 
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place cherry tomatoes in a saucepan and cook on medium for 12–15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to a thick sauce. Let cool slightly.
  2. Add red pepper jelly and sugar and stir until dissolved. Pulse in a small food processor until tomato skins are combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before filling cookies. Mixture should be thick.

 
cookie dough
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Egg, separated
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • ¼ cup Shortening
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 1 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Cream butter, shortening and brown sugar in a stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla.
  2. Combine flour and salt in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to the mixer a little at a time, making sure not to over beat.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat 1 egg white and set aside.
  4. Make 16 quarter-sized balls with the dough and create a deep well in each cookie using your thumb or the back of a small spoon. Cookies expand when baking, so smaller balls are better.
  5. Place unfilled cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes prior to baking.
  6. Remove and bake for 16–18 minutes until golden brown. Remove and reform the wells if needed. Let cool and fill with tomato jam.

Recipe and photography by Nancy Farrar

Read “An old-fashioned Texas Christmas

Appetizers

mini pickles

Mini cucumbers
Mini Pickles
Author: 
Yields: 1 quart pickles
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Lb (454 G) – Village Farms scrumptious mini® cucumbers
  • 1 Cup (240 G) – White vinegar, 5%
  • ½ Cup (120 G) – White wine vinegar
  • 1 Cup (240 G) – Water
  • ¾ Cup (180 G) – Cane sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (20 G) – Mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (1 G) – Celery seeds
  • ¼ Cup (1 G) – Dill
  • 2 Ea (.5 G) – Bay leaf
  • ¼ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (1 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cut mini cucumbers in half lengthwise.
  2. Place the mini cucumbers and the dill into a mason jar.
  3. Heat the vinegar and sugar solution with all the spices until it reaches a slow boil…
  4. Pour over the mini cucumbers in the mason jar.
  5. Allow to cool naturally with the lid off.
  6. Once fully cooled, put on the lid and store in refrigerator.
  7. Allow to stand 24 hrs before tasting.

Appetizers

Breakfast

cucumber, mint & apple smoothie

VF-Scrumptious-Mini-Smoothie-Recipe
cucumber, mint, & apple smoothie
Author: 
Yields: 1 20oz smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Village Farms scrumptious mini cucumbers
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 tbsp Mint
  • 1 cup Water
  • ¼ cup Spinach
  • ¼ cup Kale
  • 1 Lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender – purée until smooth.

Appetizers

Lunch

mini san marzano & burrata sundae

VF-Marzano-Burrata-Sundae

mini san marzano & burrata sundae
Author: 
Yields: 4 salads
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lb Village Farms heavenly villagio marzano® tomatoes
  • 1 lb Burrata cheese (2 8oz balls, ideally)
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup Artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint
  • ½ cup Fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic reduction
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Sea salt – coarse Fleur de Sel
Instructions
  1. Cut mini san marzano tomatoes into quarters lengthwise; reserve.
  2. Cut artichoke into ¼˝-thick slices lengthwise; reserve.
  3. Toss artichokes and mini san marzano tomatoes with ½ of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place mini san marzano tomatoes and artichokes in bowl or sundae cup.
  5. Cut each burrata ball into halves. Lay each one in the middle of the salad, cut side up.
  6. Drizzle salad with remainder of olive oil, balsamic reduction, and coarse Fleur de Sel.

balsamic reduction
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place balsamic and sugar in a heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Simmer at low heat (very low rolling boil) for 15–20 minutes (or until it’s reduced to 50% of original volume).
  3. Remove from heat and cool.

Appetizers

Lunch

baby beefs® salad

Baby Beefsteak Tomatoes

baby beefs® salad
Author: 
Yields: 6 salads
 
Ingredients
  • 1.25 LB (567 G) – Village Farms baby beefs® tomatoes
  • ½ Cup (85 G) – Quinoa, uncooked
  • ¾ Cup (175 G) – Celery hearts & shoots
  • 1 Bunch (200 G) – Grilled kale
  • ¼ Cup (5 G) – Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Lemon, juice & zest
  • ¼ Cup (60 G) – Apple cider vinaigrette
  • ½ Tsp (1 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place ¾ cup of salted water in a saucepot with a lid and bring to a boil.
  2. Add quinoa to boiling water, replace lid, turn off heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  3. Fluff quinoa up with a fork. Cool & reserve.
  4. Clean kale and lightly dress with olive oil & salt.
  5. Zest lemon over kale with a micro-plane or small zester. Cut lemon in half and reserve.
  6. Place dressed kale in a super hot cast iron pan or on a BBQ grill to char slightly;
  7. Squeeze fresh lemon over the charred kale, remove from heat and reserve.
  8. Pick celery hearts, reserving leaves and cutting hearts down into 1” batons. Reserve.
  9. Core Baby Beefs® tomatoes and cut into ½” thick slices, then in half again.
  10. Season celery and beefsteak tomatoes with salt & pepper.
  11. Toss quinoa with apple cider vinaigrette and parsley.
  12. Gently fold beefsteak tomato and celery into quinoa. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  13. Scatter kale down loosely onto plate and top with tomato-quinoa salad.
  14. Drizzle with additional vinaigrette just prior to serving.

apple cider vinaigrette
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp (20 G) – Grain dijon mustard
  • ⅓ Cup (80 G) – Apple cider vinegar
  • ⅔ Cup (145 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Ea (15 G) – Lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp (1 G) – Sea salt
  • 1 Tsp (1 G) – White pepper (can substitute black pepper also)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients until thoroughly emulsified.
  2. Let stand for minimum 2 hours.
  3. Re-whisk prior to use to re-emulsify.

Appetizers

pearl bocconcini

VF-TR-Recipe-Pearl-Bocconcini
pearl bocconcini
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 LB (454 G) – Village Farms Maverick Mix® tomatoes
  • 2 Cups (280 G) – Pearl bocconcini
  • ¼ Cup (56 G) – Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ Cup (8 G) – Basil, fresh
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Black pepper
  • ¼ Tsp (.5 G) – Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Wash tomatoes – cut into halves and quarters.
  2. Toss gently with bocconcini, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to serving dish – top with fresh picked basil.

Appetizers

tzatziki

Luscious Seedless Long English Cucumber
tzatziki
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Large Village Farms luscious seedless long english cucumbers, seeded and cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 cups Plain yogurt or yogurt cheese
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Finely-chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Chill if possible for about an hour to let flavors blend. Serve at room temperature with pita bread or pita crisps (baguette slices in lieu of pita)

Appetizers

Lunch

beefsteak tomato, avocado, & onion carpaccio

Beefsteak Tomatoes
beefsteak tomato, avocado, & onion carpaccio
Yields: 6 salads
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Village Farms juicy beefsteak® tomatoes
  • 1 cup Bacon, finely diced
  • ½ cup Red onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Shallots, finely diced
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • 2 cups Canola oil (for deep frying)
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • 3 Ripe avocados
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Juice of 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Bake diced bacon in a 375°F oven until crisp and golden; reserve.
  2. Heat canola oil in a deep pot in preparation to deep-fry the parsley and the shallots.
  3. Heat oil until it bubbles when you drop in a parsley leaf.
  4. Fry the parsley in a couple of small batches until crisp.
  5. Transfer to a paper towel–covered plate when done and reserve.
  6. Toss the shallots in cornstarch, taking care to shake off the excess. Fry until golden brown; transfer to a paper towel to absorb excess moisture. Reserve.
  7. Purée ripe avocados in a blender with garlic, olive oil, and lime juice.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste, and reserve.
  9. Slice the beefsteak tomatoes into thin disks and arrange on plates “carpaccio”-style (laid out flat).
  10. Season with salt and pepper, then spread the avocado purée over the tomatoes.
  11. Top the purée with the crisp bacon, raw onions, and fried shallots evenly. Finish by gently placing the fried parsley leaves standing up throughout the carpet of garnish as a finishing touch.
  12. Finish seasoning with sea salt and cracked pepper.

Appetizers

savory roma® – Recipes

Roma® tomatoes
minted tomato, basil and artichoke bruschetta
Yields: 24 bruschetta
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Village Farms savory roma® tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • ½ lb Artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup White wine vinegar
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • 2 Large baguette
  • ¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Slice the baguettes in cross sections ½ inch thick; lay out on a baking tray and drizzle liberally with the ¼ cup olive oil. Bake in a 350°F oven until just golden and crisp on the exterior, but retaining a soft core.
  2. Toss the chopped roma tomatoes and the artichokes with olive oil and vinegar. Make sure to save any juice from chopping roma tomatoes and add back into mix. Add the fresh herbs, then season with salt and pepper to taste then spoon mixture onto the crostini. It is important not to dress crostini too far ahead otherwise they will lose crisp texture due to moisture being absorbed.

Appetizers

tomato guajillo salsa

Grape Tomatoes
tomato guajillo salsa
Yields: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat grill or broiler to high.
  2. Cover ancho chilies in bowl with hot water for 20 minutes.
  3. Grill to char whole white onion, red pepper, jalapeño, and garlic for 10 minutes.
  4. Grill to char ½ the grape tomatoes and ½ the green onion for 4 minutes.
  5. Cut charred fresh vegetables into small pieces.
  6. Add to blender with ancho chili, chipotle pepper, cilantro, and additional green onions until chunky.
  7. Add to pot, simmering until reduced by ⅓.
  8. Let cool, then add vinegar and olive oil, whisking until blended.
  9. Next, blister additional grape tomatoes in hot pan.
  10. Fold into salsa mixture.