We were served this at our host’s dacha (country home) in Russia – Nina grew her own tomatoes, garlic and dill there. It is very simple, but you Must have tasty tomatoes! It looks awesome on a platter, and I have brought this to gatherings and received numerous complements. No measurements are given because you can make a little or a lot – and only 3 or 4 ingredients.
- Slice the tomatoes into thick (approx. 3/8”) slices, and place on a platter. They mostly should not overlap. Save the ends for nibbling.
- If using garlic, discard the center green shoot, and finely chop the garlic. Rub it over the tops of the tomato slices. I personally like the garlic, but I go easy – even a little can be strong/spicy.
- Put some mayo in the corner of a quart Freezer bag (not a snack, sandwich or storage bag – you need a strong bag.) Snip a small corner off the bag. (Fun Idea - could use a frosting tip for fun effects.).
- This is the fun part :-) Squeeze the mayo attractively onto the tomatoes. I use ribbons, stripes, swirls, etc. Nina used Lots of mayo, but you can use as much or little as you like.
- Sprinkle liberally with chopped dill. I might also sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
What an easy, lovely side dish! I was looking around for Russian recipes using what i had in the house in honor of the Olympic games in Sochi. I had a few very nice tomatoes that needed to get used so this was perfect! I used 1 garlic clove spread out over 3 small tomatoes, sliced. A sandwich baggie worked fine for me except I cut the hole too big & ended up with blobs of mayo. I then sprinkled on some dried dill. Everyone loved it. Thank you!
I liked GaylaJ's idea of mixing the mayo with the garlic. I've made this with the dill but also like with oregano or basil. This is a good appetizer or side to a simple grilled steak or chicken. I didn't pipe anything either as it seemed too much like work but a little dab in the middle of the tomato or in the middle of a plate of tomatoes looks attractive enough when sprinkled with herbs. It seems the simple things are always the best. Thanks for posting.
I love this one too, I've been making it for years. I usually don't bother with piping and just spoon bits of mayo on first, then sprinkle with crushed garlic. Those who dislike dill can leave it out, it's still a pretty-looking dish and tastes surprisingly yummy for something so simple. Presentation can be jazzed up with sprigs of curly-leaf parsley.