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Berry Week: Day 3~ Berry-Green Tomato Cobbler

 “A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” – Laurie Colwin

I have a long-standing adoration of tomatoes, cooking with and eating raw as many as I possibly can during tomato season.  Throughout winter and early spring I long for their return to the farmers’ markets.   The best tomatoes I have ever tasted come from East Texas and the Mississippi Delta; something about the soil combined with the climate seems to work a particular brand of tomato-magic in these regions. The flavor bursts from a red, ripe tomato the second the first drop of seed-laden juice escapes from within when a fork or knife pierces the paper-thin skin.  I’m making myself hungry for one just writing about it! 

I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled, to see that the Tyler Farmers’ Market re-opened this week!  Yesterday morning after the lemon-raspberry brownie segment was over, I grabbed some coffee and headed straight over there to the parking lot on Old Bullard road where they are set up under a white tent.

I was thrilled to see how much produce was already available; lots of Noonday Onions, which I expected, as they’re ready early.  I was surprised how many Jacksonville tomatoes there were; farmers must have really started them early. I asked if they were locally grown, just to be sure, and they all said “yes ma’am.”  🙂  Farmers are polite, you know.  Old school manners; they’re lovely. 

Well, I ended up bringing home a few wonderful things: a huge potted cherry tomato plant in a hanging basket for my porch, some Noonday Onions, and some small red potatoes. And tomatoes.  Believe it or not, I was thrilled to find the green tomatoes you see in that picture. I wanted to explore some other use for them besides the usual “fried green tomatoes” that we love. Here’s what I did with them on In the Kitchen with Mama Steph on KLTV7 this morning. (Click that link if you’d like to see the video of the segment.) 

Berry-Green Tomato Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh blackberries, blueberries, or other varieties
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chopped green tomato (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Cooking spray or butter to grease casserole dish
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Combine the berries and 1 tablespoon flour in a medium bowl; toss well.
  • Bring tomato, 1 cup granulated sugar, and water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook 4 minutes. Remove from heat; drain most of the water that has been released from the tomatoes.
  •  Stir the raspberry mixture into the tomatoes. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray or butter.
  • Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk, stirring just until moist. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto fruit mixture. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and crust is browned.

Adapted from Cooking Light , JUNE 2001 issue

By the way, I did all my tomato-chopping with a Henckels 6" knife from The Cook's Nook in Longview, TX. Everyone should own a good knife, and I highly recommend this one! It's excellent!
I love the look of the chartreuse tomatoes and the dark blue berries. As the mixture bakes, though, the tomatoes take on a pinkish tint from the berry juices.

Of course, I suggest serving this cobbler with a scoop or two of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream, unless you have your own homemade handy! 🙂  What a great pairing; cobbler and ice cream.  This cobbler, though it sounds unusual, is actually quite simple; the tomatoes take on the flavor of the berries, and are a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the expelled juices of the berries and the sugar.  I think you should give it a try; it may be your new favorite thing! 🙂

Enjoy!



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One thought on “Berry Week: Day 3~ Berry-Green Tomato Cobbler

  1. Beautiful quote – ”A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” – Laurie Colwin
    I love the idea of green tomatoes in your cobbler and I can’t wait to be able to get fresh berries again.
    🙂 Mandy

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