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Bacon and Pickle Vodka Infused
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES EDIBLE COCKTAIL GEL
A tomato, some salt and a pickle walk into a bar. . . . .
Oh stop! I can hear you groaning, "Bacon vodka? PICKLE VODKA????? Eeuuuwww!" but you're wrong!!
These are delicious thanks to both those vodka flavors and plain vodka is just boring with this recipe. Trust me, I did all three and the plain vodka tomatoes might as well have been totally sober!
This whole recipe was actually inspired by a bottle of Naked Jay BIG DILL sent to me as a sample and I really liked it! I am a big dill pickle fan though and if you're not don't use the dill pickle vodka. You can use tomato vodka but that seems a little redundant to me. The addition of using the bacon vodka on some of the tomatoes was because I wanted another flavor in some of the tomatoes.
I tossed them all together for this presentation. I like the idea that you don't know which flavor you're going to get. Feel free to put the different flavors in different serving dishes if you like, I'm not a presentation Nazi.
You'll want to serve these up with some lovely choices of dipping salts. Here I've used (from the bottom of the photo up) Cypress Black Lava Salt Flakes (in the pile), some marvelously earthy Truffle Salt, some Himalayan Pink Salt and some wonderfully smoky Artisan Salt Company Salish Alder Smoked Salt. All but the Himalayan Pink Salt were sent to me as samples from gourmet-delights.com, whom I thank every time I salt something now.
1 Pint of Mini Heirloom Tomatoes
Cypress Black Lava Salt Flakes
Himalayan Pink Salt
Artisan Salt Company Salish Alder Smoked Salt
Garnish & Presentation
3 or 4 Small Serving Containers for the Salt
Serving Bowl(s) for the Tomatoes
Something to poke small holes in the tomatoes.
Medium Metal Strainer
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS & TIPS FOR THE VODKA INFUSED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES
Poke quite a few small holes in all the tomatoes, place them in a small bowl and cover them with your choice of flavor infused vodka. Do this for all the different flavored vodkas you're working with.
I added fresh dill weed to the pickle vodka tomatoes and some course black pepper to all of the tomatoes.
Let these sit overnight or even for a couple of days. The longer the tomatoes sit the longer they will soak up the flavor - up to about 3 days.
Pour the tomatoes through a medium metal strainer over a bowl - you want to drain the vodka off but DON'T THROW IT AWAY!
If you want you can chill that vodka that you soaked your tomatoes in and serve it with the tomatoes in cold shot glasses, it's a lovely drink to have with this dish! Plate everything up and enjoy!
Next time I might try adding some fresh, crushed garlic to the plain vodka, it might help pop the flavor up a bit. Another combination that would be nice would be some fresh basil and a couple of teaspoons of balsamic and add some mozzarella balls to the plate!
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