Preserve tomatoes' rich taste with a simmered sauce that freezes well and is ripe for embellishment. This basic tomato sauce can be easily doubled and frozen in two- or four-cup batches. After freezing it, you can use it as is or add your choice of vegetables, meat, or fresh herbs.
Before grilling, soak the toothpicks or skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. Butterflying the chicken -- splitting each piece in half and fanning it open like a book -- creates two layers. They make tasty "sandwiches" with tomato and basil.
Meaty beefsteak tomatoes are easily found in most supermarkets and are the go-to choice for thick slices on burgers or BLTs. When stuffed and baked, as here, they are meltingly delicious. Don't waste a bit of these amazing tomatoes -- use the insides you scoop out here to make a simple Spanish appetizer called Pan con Tomate, below.
We used a colorful combination of beefsteak and red, yellow, and orange cherry tomatoes, but any ripe tomatoes would work. Serve the salad as a sandwich condiment or a side dish for grilled fish or chicken.