10 Terrific Tomato Recipes

Need inspiration for dinner? Start with a ripe tomato. See pictures of heirloom tomatoes.

There's something about preparing food and dining that can turn an ordinary day into a lasting memory. Whether it's a quick mid-week meal, a cozy gathering of friends or a fancy celebration, you'll find something that fits the occasion with these recipes for appetizers, soups and entrées that celebrate the rich, juicy tomato. This vine fruit is loaded with nutrients and is incredibly versatile. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, tomatoes come in many varieties and sizes that people enjoy eating raw or cooked in a number of ways.

Let's begin with a tomato starter that's arguably the grandest of them all -- at least, in the American South where it originated.