I do feel truly blessed that my garden is overflowing with tomatoes right now and the late blight hasn’t wiped out my plants. We’ve definitely got an abundance at the moment, and I always enjoy giving them to friends who don’t grow tomatoes. It makes them happy.

Still, I keep plenty for us to eat, and I’m always searching for new ways to use them up. Here are five recipes that go beyond pasta sauce and BLT’s (not that there’s anything wrong with them) to help you use up the abundance in your back yard.

Best Tuna Melt (Jersey Diner Style) – This tuna melt from allrecipes.com uses thick slices of tomato, and it’s the best tuna melt I’ve ever tasted.

Rustic Herbed Tomato Tart – If you’ve got an abundance of herbs as well as tomatoes in your garden, this recipe from Mommy, What’s for Dinner will help you use them up, too.

tomatoes with topping Tomato gratin is topped with cheese and breadcrumbs and baked until golden brown. (Photo: FPWing/Shutterstock)

Artichoke and Tomato Gratin – Eating Well brings us this side dish recipe that uses high fiber artichokes and your garden tomatoes to round out your plate.

Broiled Tomato-Pesto Sandwiches – This is another Eating Well recipe. I’ll definitely be trying this because I’ve got plenty of leftover pesto from yesterday’s vegetarian sandwich I made. This simple sandwich uses fresh tomatoes and pesto – yum.

Smoky Scallops with Fennel and Tomato – the kitchn brings us this 20-minute dinner recipe that’s great for a night when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Got any recipes you think should be added here? Let us know about them in the comments.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 recipes for the tomato blessed
You've spent all summer nurturing your tomato plants and now they are generously giving back. Here are five recipes to help you enjoy the abundance.