Thursday, March 14, 2013

A flat of tomatoes

I have been lusting after the flats of Compari tomatoes at Mc Clendon's booth at the farmer's market for several years now. It never seems to be the right timing but last week I decided to go for it!
Here's the fruits of my labors and here's the recipes:

Fresh Tomato Sauce
( this is adpated from a Marcella Hazan  recipe)

10 pounds of tomatoes quartered
3-4 sweet Vadalia onions ( or 10-12 cippolini)
1.5 to 2 sticks butter ( can substitute some of this with olive oil but not all-the butter gives it an amazing flavor-duh)
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 cups fresh cut basil

Put all ingredients in a large pot and boil then simmer for 3-5 hours.
Using an immersion blender, break up the remaining bits. Add fresh basil at the end. Do not cook after adding basil.
I like to add fresh basil on top of the finished dish as well with some Parmesan cheese.

Roasted Tomatoes

Small cherry tomatoes or Compari tomatoes
olive oil
garlic salt and pepper

Put the tomatoes on a cookie sheet. If the tomatoes are larger than a cherry tomato, cut in half and place the cut side up. Toss the tomatoes with olive oil and crushed garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. bake at about 400 degrees until the tomatoes are a bit charred.

These are fabulous to have on hand. They last for weeks. I add them to everything-

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