Winner of Our Green Tomato Recipe Contest

| 12/18/2013 4:59:00 PM

Tags: tomatoes, recipes, green tomato, Robin Mather,

Shelley Giangaspero of Ohio was the clear winner in MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ Green Tomato Recipe Contest. Her “Green Tomato Tart,” a savory tart with goat cheese and spinach, thrilled the judges — the editors of the magazine.

“I can actually taste the green tomatoes in this,” said one judge. “I will repeat this one, even if I might have to substitute something for the (out-of-season) green tomatoes,” said another, who prepared the dish for the judging. “I love all of the ingredients together, and I like that it is a pie — with a good crust,” said still another judge. “It’s a beautiful dish. The flavors and the colors combine to make it a pretty and tasty brunch dish,” said a fourth.

Judges also praised Terrye Peterson’s Green Tomato and Bacon Jam (“Great texture, versatile, paired well with cheese”) and Jackie Hardin’s Green Tomato Cake With Apple Cider Glaze (“This was delicious and well worth preparing at home. Verrry sweet and nicely spiced.”)

All the recipes entered will be published online in the future.

Judges reviewed more than 50 entries and selected 8 finalists, based on originality, best use of green tomatoes and ease of preparation. These entries were prepared in home kitchens exactly as the recipes indicated. The magazine’s staff of 10 editors tasted all of the finalists and rated the dishes from 1 to 10 (10 high). None of the finalists scored below a 5.

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