Potato Pie with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Peaches

The combination of tomatoes and peaches is already a winner, and neutral potatoes hold form to make a pie. Serve alongside a simple salad for a light summer lunch.

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Potato Pie with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Peaches

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 4 medium-sized red potatoes, cut into thin slices
6 Roma (plum) tomatoes
Fine sea or Himalayan salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small handful fresh basil
1 tablespoon packed fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons agave nectar
2 peaches, cut into thin slices

Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly oil a 9-inch glass pie plate and evenly distribute the potato slices, covering the bottom and a little up the sides. Ensure there are two layers and no holes. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the potatoes are softened.

Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes in half and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the tomatoes to a baking sheet and, when potatoes are finished, increase the oven temperature to 425F. Bake the tomatoes for 20 minutes.

When tomatoes are finished, put them in your food processor with the tomato paste, garlic, basil, oregano, and agave nectar. Process until almost smooth. Scrape the mixture into a saucepan. Turn to medium heat and cook until thickened, about 4 minutes.

Spread the sauce on the potatoes (you’ll only use about half… use the other half as a dipping sauce for roasted potatoes… trust me). Top with the sliced peaches.

Bake for 20 minutes, until the peaches are softened and starting to caramelize. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving, or serve at room temperature.

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Tomato and Basil Tart with Sunflower Seed Cheese

An easy to put together tart highlighting juicy tomatoes and fresh basil. Feel free to add herbs, garlic, fresh ground pepper, and other ingredients to the basic “cheese” recipe to suit your favourite flavors. The sunflower seed cheese process needs to be started a day ahead with some soaking.

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Raw Tomato and Basil Tart with Sunflower Seed Cheese

Almond Crust:
1 1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons water

Sunflower Seed Cheese:
1 cup hulled sunflower seeds, soaked 8 hours
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
6 large basil leaves
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Topping:
Mixture of colourful tomatoes, sliced 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick
Small handful fresh basil, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

To make the crust, put the almonds, flaxseed, basil, and salt in a food processor. Process until the almonds are finely ground. Drizzle in the coconut oil. Pulse about 6 times to mix. Add the water, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing just until the mixture begins to stick together. Scrape the mixture into a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, pressing firmly into the bottom and up the sides. Transfer to the refrigerator.

To make the sunflower seed cheese, drain the sunflower seeds and put them in the food processor with the remaining ingredients, scraping down the sides as necessary (add a few splashed of water, if needed). Test for seasonings, adding additional salt, pepper, or lemon zest if desired. Spread the mixture onto the crust. Top with the tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Grilled Peaches and Tomatoes with Basil Tofu

There are a few fresh ingredients that are undeniably “summer” to me, and when they’re at the forefront, there’s no need to extraneous ornamentation… the flavors just come out on their own. Peaches and tomatoes are among these, and if you haven’t tried them together, now’s the time.

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Grilled Peaches and Tomatoes with Basil Tofu

For the tofu:
1 (340g) package extra-firm tofu, pressed and well-drained
1/3 cup fresh basil, packed
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed and finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 to 6 firm, ripe (but not squishy) peaches, cut in quarters
4 to 6 firm, ripe (but not squishy) tomatoes, cut in quarters
Chopped fresh basil, for garnish

Cut the drained tofu into 3/4-inch cubes Mix the remaining tofu ingredients in a small container. Add tofu and marinate for at least 6 hours.

When ready, heat the barbecue to low. Cover the grill with foil. If your peaches and tomatoes are very firm, you can grill without the foil.

Place the peaches and tomatoes on the foil and grill for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, until beginning to brown, fragrant, and emitting juices. Use tongs to transfer to a serving dish. Place the tofu on the foil. Grill for about 3 minutes per side of the cube, until browned. Top the tomatoes and peaches with the tofu. Garnish with basil. Serve warm.