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What to do with all those cherry tomatoes in Summer time...

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By Jonathan Farrell
Posted Aug 14, 2012 in Food
Summer time has an abundance of produce from ripe, delicious berries to peaches, lemons and tomatoes. Lots of tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes, they are sweet, flavorful and a great snack.
Yet when the crop is so abundant you run out of ideas of what to do with them, consider them an alternative to those fancy and often expensive gourmet sun dried tomatoes. There are many dishes and recipes that call for sun dried tomatoes. Use fresh cherry tomatoes instead. They have just as much flavor and sweetness, yet they cost much less. And, if you grow them in your garden, they are free.
Here is a simple dish I made with chicken, string beans, mushrooms, onions, garlic and yes, cherry tomatoes. I took already-cooked chicken, such as those roasted chickens already cooked that one can find at a supermarket. Many supermarkets have sales on these and so taking the time to pick off all the meat is beneficial for a quick and easy meal the following day.
All I did was take the pieces of chicken, chopped them small, then mixed the chicken with sliced/diced cherry tomatoes and some hummus, squeeze of lemon and a bit of olive oil. Add copped olives and sauteed mushrooms, onion and garlic to suit your taste. Mix all together in a casserole dish or baking pan.
Place in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 to 40 minutes. Add cheese and bread crumbs if you like. Or serve over rice or noodles, or if you wish to cut back on pasta and rice then serve over fresh cut steamed green beans instead of rice. For even more flavor add fresh basil and other favorite spices, perhaps even some capers.
Hummus is a nice alternative to heavy sauces and cream and with a bit of white wine in the mix the flavors are blend very well in the oven. Be careful not to over cook, as the cooked chicken will dry out. Add a bit of chicken broth to ensure flavor is even and to help keep chicken moist and tender.
Serve with salad or perhaps more vegetables from your garden, like zucchini or maybe corn on the cob.

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