We’re in Summer here in Australia, and that means lots of yummy veggies from the garden. This year my bounty includes plenty of tomatoes. Too much for me to eat before they go off, especially when my husband whom we’ll call Mr.H, dislikes the red fruit.
So, this week I made a tomato sauce for use with meat, chilli con carne, and for anything else I’d use bottled tomato pasta sauces (you can half or quarter the ingredients for small portions. I have a lot of tomatoes to use).
4kg ripe tomatoes
1 cup basil leaves finely chopped
1/2 cup oil
4 large onions finely chopped
6-8 garlic cloves crushed
1 teaspoon oregano finely chopped
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1. Using a sharp knife cut each tomato tip with a criss-cross pattern. Put all the tomatoes in boiling water for approx. 20-30 seconds, depending on the size of the tomatoes. Test one to see if the skin easily peels off, then it’s ready. Remove tomatoes from the boiling water and place them in cold water. Then start peeling the skin away from the tip, which has been scored, to the steam. (Some people like to deseed their tomatoes, and you can do so. I prefer to leave the seeds.)
2. Using a food processor or blender, chop the peeled tomatoes to your preferred consistency. I like to leave mine a bit chunky.
3. In a hot saucepan, add the oil, and then cook the garlic and onion, until tender.
4. Add the tomato mixture, along with the oregano, salt and pepper, and mix well. Bring to the boil, and then turn down the heat and allow to simmer for an hour. Stir in the chopped basil to the sauce.
5. Now it’s ready to use with your favourite dish or freeze for later use.
Some health benefits I found on tomatoes, just in case you’re curious:
– high in antioxidants
– helps reduce cholesterol and is good for the heart
– fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides
– rich source of vitamins – abundant Vitamin A, C, potassium and iron
– helps keep the digestive system healthy by preventing both constipation and diarrhoea
– great for skin, bones, hair and teeth
– some studies have shown that levels of lycopene work to reduce the chances of developing prostate, colorectal and stomach cancer. Cooked tomatoes produce even more lycopene, so this next recipe is perfect:)
What tomato inspired recipes have you made recently?