Sometimes award-winning recipes don’t win awards in my book.
This is the case for a recipe I made recently from my “Taste of Home Winning Recipes” book (volume 2). I have to first say that this is a very nice cookbook with lots of actually good recipes, but I don’t think it should have included this recipe.
I did a little digging online and found this recipe posted on the Taste of Home website, with the same misleading photo that is in my recipe book – right next to a “first place” ribbon.
See? It is a little blurrier online than in my book, but it looks pretty tasty nonetheless.
Well, I am here to tell you that this recipe has a few major pitfalls.
Refrigerated butter-flavored spray
4 large tomatoes, sliced
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Minced fresh parsley
Coat a large skillet with refrigerated butter-flavored spray. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add tomato slices; cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until edges begin to brown. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, cream and horseradish. Spoon over tomatoes. Sprinkle with parsley.
All right, so this recipe now seems both easy and delicious. But I’ll let you in on a few little secrets.
1. When you cook tomatoes over medium heat even for just 2 or 3 minutes on each side (even just to warm them!), the juice runs out a bit and they get limp. It’s just how it is, and if you know a way around this, I’d love to hear it.
2. There is no salt in this recipe, and I think there ought to be. Lightly cooked tomatoes with just a little bland sauce over top need some salt! Maybe that’s just me, though.
3. I still don’t like horseradish, even disguised as it is in this recipe.
My husband did say that this recipe was “ok,” but definitely not award-winning!
Here’s how mine looked: