Having found our farmhouse kitchen filled with tomatoes (translation: tomatoes on windowsills, overflowing from baskets, and rolling off counter tops) I decided yesterday it was really time I did something with them. After all, how could anyone not LOVE a garden-fresh tomato on a hearty BLT sandwich, in homemade salsa, or ourrecipe with French bread and homemade ricotta!
However; back to our tomato dilemma...we were getting overrun. So here's what I did...inspired by this terrific blog,From Beyond my Kitchen Window, I roasted them in the oven. (check out her site...she has some of the best recipes!) Trust me, the aroma of the roasting tomatoes was wonderful, and really, there's no way to mess up the recipe...I'd say it's practically impossible!
Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce -Quarter as many tomatoes as will fill a 13"x9" pan. There's no need to core or peel the tomatoes. (although I did slice off the stem end) -Add pressed garlic to taste. -Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper; stir to coat tomatoes. -Pop baking pan into a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. -After the tomatoes have roasted, spoon them into a blender and puree. Add 3 tablespoons of Italian seasoning and additional salt to taste; blend to combine. -Add a quartered onion, and blend once again. That's it...you're done! The recipe can easily be changed to suit your tastes. I skipped the Italian seasoning because I had fresh herbs...I added snips of oregano, garlic chives, rosemary, basil, and French tarragon, then let the blender chop them up into the sauce. I also added a pinch of sugar...just because I always think homemade tomato sauce needs a bit of sweetness.
And there you are...pour the sauce into freezer jars, leaving 1/2-inch head-space, and place in the freezer.
Now this winter, when we're snowed in and Little Man asks for his favorite dinner of spaghetti, I'll be able to pull out a taste of summertime.
the laughter of children
cross-country train rides
barn sales & auctions
John Deere 4020's
living in the Heartland
simple country pleasures
the comforts of home