If you’re from the Richmond area, chances are you already know all about Hanover tomatoes. In our house, they are the only tomatoes worthy of a tomato sandwich (soft potato bread, mayo, a few slices of Hanover tomato, kosher salt and ground pepper… yum!) and are highly coveted by our out-of-town family.
The season is at its peak in early July and kicked off my the Hanover Tomato Festival, which was this past weekend. It’s a huge annual event that brings in over 30,000 people from all over the East Coast. They’re games, a petting zoo, lots of vendor booths, live music and a bunch of really yummy food using Hanover tomatoes. Greg said it always reminds him of Food Network’s Iron Chef America with Hanover tomatoes being the “secret ingredient”, haha. They also have a tomato contest (with categories like size, best tasting, best recipe, etc.), the “Best Dressed Tomato” contest and crown the Little Miss Hanover Tomato. Yeah, we take our tomatoes pretty seriously around here.
We didn’t make it to the festival this year (it was the same day the carport ceiling was being done), but with Hanover tomato season being in full swing, we’ve definitely been eating our fair share of tomatoes. One of our favorite things to make around this time of year is our version of a caprese naan pizza. It’s fast and simple – my kind of cooking, especially when we’re busy like we’ve been the last month or so.
I start off with a pre-made garlic naan (we buy them in the fresh foods section at Target) and add a thin layer of pesto. Pesto is great for this because it already has all of the olive oil, basil and garlic you need in one jar. Add a few slices of fresh mozzarella (you can make 2 naan pizzas with an 8oz ball) and fresh tomato. Then, just top it off with some kosher salt and ground pepper and pop it in the oven on 425° until the cheese is all bubbly and starting to brown. That’s it! So simple. You can also cook it on the grill for that extra smokey crunch factor. Try it. You’ll love it.
As for our plans this weekend… Greg has to work on Saturday, so my cousin/BFF Dana, is coming to town from Charlottesville to have a “Les Miserables Day”. We’re going to watch the movie and make French crepes, haha. We’re dorks. As for the time before and after our girl day, Greg and I will be working on our little landscaping project. Fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly. Tune in next week for the results. Happy weekend, everyone!