Copycat: Martha Stewart's Ombre Tomatoes

by Melissa Massello
July 17, 2013 - 11:46am

I was never really into the ombre trend until I fell head over heels for this month's cover of Martha Stewart Living (which, and I quote from my Instagram, is "one of the prettiest magazine covers I've seen all year.")

The recipe, for tomatoes on grilled bread, celebrates my absolute favorite thing about summer food: a rainbow of fresh heirloom tomatoes from the farmer's market, covered simply in olive oil, salt and pepper.

Before Dante got sick (and I found out I was allergic to wheat), our summer Saturday ritual was to walk down to the Union Square farmer's market, pick up a few pounds of heirloom tomatoes, a fresh baguette from Iggy's, and some burrata from Fiore di Nonno, then sit on the porch and devour them, covered in Greek olive oil, salt & pepper, with a super chilly glass of white or rose.

One of the party staples I've missed the most since having to go gluten free is bruschetta, so I decided to try making this recipe as a simple platter — Caprese salad style — for our last BBQ a few weeks ago.

Heirloom tomato copycat

What do you think: how does my copycat version compare to Martha's?

Nothing was left of this platter after about 10 minutes, so I think our friends pretty much loved it and I'm feeling confident about killing it.

Did you love this cover? Have you tried to recreate a favorite magazine recipe this summer? Love to hear how it turned out — successes or not-so-much-es!

Story & photos: Copyright 2013, Shoestring LLC.

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Melissa Massello is an editor, start-up junkie, entrepreneur, Swapaholic, and lifelong New England girl. As a sustainable style expert, Melissa has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX news station affiliates around the country and in US News & World Report, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, The Denver Post, The LA Times, The Dallas Morning News, MSN Money, and WalletPop, among other fine media outlets. Melissa currently lives with her husband and their Whippet mix in Somerville, Mass. -- "the Brooklyn of Boston" -- where they strive each day to save money, save the planet, and live the dream for less.
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