Fresh Tomato SauceFrom heatherbudapest 9 years ago
- 1 Tablespoon light olive oil shopping list
- 1/2 medium-size yellow onion, diced, about 1 cup shopping list
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (fresh won't hold up with the amount of cooking you're doing) shopping list
- salt and pepper shopping list
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped shopping list
- 1/4 cup dry red wine shopping list
- 1-1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes OR 1 16-ounce can tomatoes with their juice, chopped shopping list
- 1 bay leaf shopping list
How to make it
- Begin by preparing your fresh tomatoes by blanching them. (If you're using canned, you can skip to step 3.)
- TO BLANCH FRESH TOMATOES: Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and make a bowl of ice water and a metal strainer ready, for scooping tomatoes out of the pot. Drop two or three tomatoes at a time into the boiling water and count to 10; scoop them out, then plunge them into the ice water to cool. (The skins should be loose; if not, leave the tomatoes in the boiling water a few seconds longer.)
- Core and chop the peeled tomatoes.
- Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan.
- Add onion, basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few pinches pepper.
- Saute over medium heat until the onion is soft, about 7-8 minutes
- Add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the wine and simmer a minute or two to reduce.
- When the pan is almost dry, add the tomatoes and the bay leaf.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Makes about 2 cups.
- Tip #1: For a spicy tomato sauce seasoned with fresh chilies, add 1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin seed and a few pinches of cayenne to the onion; omit the wine. Puree 2-3 seeded jalapeno or serrano chilies and cook with the tomatoes. This sauce is delicious on spicy corn cakes or stuffed zucchini or peppers.
- Tip #2: Add a little sugar if the sauce is acidic. Or, I hear many Italians add finely grated carrot into their tomato sauce when it isn't adequately sweet. I've honestly never tried it.
- NOTE: Clearly, this isn't meant as a stand-alone side dish, but Group Recipes won't let me list it as a technique or homemade ingredient.
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