Impulse buys typically include shoes, a must-have purse or an on-the-whim vacation, but last night I impulsively picked up a couple peach tomatoes (also known as garden peaches) that I eyed walking through the Union Square farmer’s market. Peach tomatoes are exactly as they sound. They have a shape like a tomato, but are fuzzy and lightly colored like a peach and have a juicy, semi-sweet taste.
Since this was an impulse, I really had no idea what I was going to use them for. Of course, they could always be tossed into a salad or a pasta dish, but I wanted to do something creative. I’ve been wanting to make a recipe I found for a sweet potato quesadilla, which inspired me to come up with this dish- “fried” peach tomato quesadilla! Sorry to those of you who thought this quesadilla was going to have peaches and tomatoes, I’ll have to try that combo next time. Instead of cheese, I used chipotle hummus, but you can use any flavor and/or vegan cheese (I recommend Daiya ). Also, if you’re having trouble finding peach tomatoes, feel free to use any tomato , although I recommend something a little large and slice-able.
You will need: one or two medium to large tomatoes, 2 tbsp hummus and/or spinkles of vegan cheese, 1 whole wheat wrap (added bonus if it contains flax), sprinkle of arugula/greens of your choice, 1 tbsp of earth balance vegan butter, 1/4 cup all-natural or panko bread crumbs. Note: conventional bread crumbs typically contain non-fat milk and other yucky ingredients. Make sure to check the label!
Pour the bread crumbs in a small bowl. After slicing your tomatoes, medium thickness, heat the tbsp of earth balance either in the microwave or over the stove. Since it’s such a small amount, be aware it will melt fast. Dip your tomato slices lightly in the butter and then into the bread crumbs bowl, one at a time. Coat them as much as you’d like and place in a pan on medium heat.
Cook them in the pan until the breadcrumbs start to brown and crisp. You’ll notice the tomatoes getting softer.
Plate the tomatoes and prepare your wrap. Spread on the hummus, add the greens and the tomatoes. Place the wrap on the pan to heat and crisp.