Monday, October 4, 2010

Roasted Red Plum Tomato Sauce ~ Great Freezer Recipe

What does a girl do with 19 pounds of organic plum tomatoes that she bought for $6?

Make sauce!

Two weeks ago, at the picnic/potluck that our CSA hosts annually, they offered boxes of organic plum tomatoes for $6. I couldn't pass it up and next year I will buy two boxes.

Roasted Red Plum Tomato Sauce

1. I sliced the tomatoes in half lengthwise and laid them flat, filling a rimmed baking sheet. I only have 2 baking sheets and I had to do this in two batches.

You don't need 19 lbs of tomatoes to make this sauce, just enough to fill a tray or two.

2. On each sheet I added:

  • 1/4 C fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/4 C fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
3. Coat the tomatoes generously with olive oil.

4. Roast two trays at a time at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Shift the trays. Move the top tray to the bottom and bottom tray to top. Roast another 30 minutes.

5. Carefully remove from the oven, because the tomatoes get juicy. Allow the tomatoes to cool slightly. With a pair of tongs, you should be able to remove the skins. Get as much as you can, but it is okay if some skins remain.

6. Once completely cool, blend the tomatoes, herbs and oil from the trays in the food processor. This will definitely take several batches to do. Place each batch in a big bowl to combine.

7. Stir the blended tomato sauce well. You might need to add additional salt and pepper to your taste.

8. You can use immediately or freeze in containers. I was able to make between 7-8 quarts from that 19 lb. box.

Did you make tomato sauce this season?

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  1. I've been looking for something (non-canning) to do with all of my tomatoes. This is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a GREAT simple recipe! Can't wait to try it out.

  3. I wish I had known how to do this earlier - looks so easy! Thanks for the tip - it's filed away for next year! :-)

  4. I've never tried to roast my plum tomatoes - but it looks really yummy! I'll be making another batch of spaghetti sauce today - the tomatoes have been slow and spotty this year!

  5. Thanks, good way to make sauce. This could be used in many recipes.


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