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Tomato sauce

December 21, 2010

There is nothing like a tomato straight off the vine.

Although my veggie garden is reluctantly growing, the tomatoes are fighting some very hungry possums.    The possums are winning.   I hate possums.

And so I buy from someone else’s garden.   Today I bought a huge  box of vine tomatoes for $10.   That’s cheap and nothing is cheap here.

It’s smelling like a tomato week because now that I look at the big red pile sitting in front of me, I can only laugh.  Did I tell you I have no freezer space?

First, the obvious.  Tomato sauce.  I am not going to give exact measurements here sorry.   Tomatoes come in different sizes, people like different spices and we all have our own ideas of what a tomato sauce should be.

I think it should be done like this….

olive oil

Tomatoes chopped and added to a bowl (canned tomatoes are perfect so use them instead if you like)

Diced onions

minced garlic  (I use a LOT of garlic)

fresh hot peppers chopped finely

dried basil, oregano, thyme, chili powder and paprika

sugar (I used 2 tbsp)

red wine (go ahead, use the cheap stuff.  I know you have a box of it in the cupboard) (seriously, use the cheap stuff because you’ll be cooking it way down)

tomato paste (I used 1/4 cup or 1 small can)

zucchini diced

Saute onions until soft (8 min). Add garlic, hot peppers and dried herbs.  Saute again for about 5 minutes.  Add tomatoes along with juices and some white sugar.  Stir well and add 1/2 to 3/4 cups of red wine along with the tomato paste.

Add salt and pepper to taste and with no lid, let the sauce gently simmer until reduced (1 hour at least).  You want a thick, deep read sauce before you add the diced zucchini.  Once the zucchini is added, simmer for another 10 min.    This makes a good amount but you can easily freeze it for a quick dinner night.

You could also use a crock pot.  Still fry your onions, garlic and peppers then add to crock pot.  I would guess at least 4hrs on low.  Then add zucchini for another hour.

So that’s a 1/4 of the box done.

Did you know that the antioxidants in Lycopene found in tomatoes and especially cooked tomatoes are super good for a mans prostate?

Steve’s prostate should be throwing me a party by the end of this week.

Any tomato tips out there?

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