It won’t be long before you are harvesting fresh tomatoes from your garden if you’re planning to grow them this year. Nothing beats cooking with your own homegrown varieties over using canned tomatoes. Last year we had an abundant crop of heirloom, mushroom basket tomatoes – large, juicy, pink and sweet tasting. Amazing in salads, also great for pasta sauce. Enjoy the recipe below.
Onion, medium 1
Garlic cloves, 8 – 12
White wine, 1/4 cup
Crushed tomatos, 2 x 28 oz. can + 3 – 5 chopped fresh tomatos
Basil 5 – 8 leaves
Sugar, 1/2 teaspoon
Herbs: Thyme, Rosemary, Herbe de Provence or Italian Seasoning, Parsley, Bay Leaves, Oregano…
Salt & pepper
Peel the onion and the garlic. Chop the onion ﬁnely and crush the garlic cloves. Sauté the onion in a pan of hot olive oil for 2 minutes (do not color). Add the crushed garlic and cook slowly for two more minutes (light gold color), then pour the white wine to “deglace.” Bring wine to a boil, add the tomatoes tomato, Italian seasoning, chopped basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and let cook slowly while mixing sometime until the sauce thickens, 20 to 30 minutes.
To Use Fresh Tomatos:
Bring water to a boil in a pot. Wash the tomatoes, cut out the stem and slice a cross over the top. Put the tomatos in the boiling water for 15 seconds or until the skin starts to peel. Strain the tomatoes out of the boiling water and put them in cold water, then peel and chop the tomatoes. Proceed with the recipe as directed above, but cook for at least 45 minutes.
Aside from the great food, terrific company and lively conversation, our Customer Appreciation Days are a chance to grab some handouts and really useful information from growers on plants of the year.
When life gives you a great onion crop, make onion soup.
Beef Stock 1 – 1/2 quarts
Salt / Pepper
Swiss Cheese (Gruyere) 1 lb.
Peel and chop the onions lengthwise.
In a pan, heat up some olive oil, add the onions and cook until caramelized (brown) while stirring with a wood spatula.
Add the beef stock, thyme, salt, pepper and cook for 20 minutes.
Pour the soup in individual bowls, add some sliced bread (better if toasted) on the top and cover with grated swiss cheese.
Place the bowls on a tray and in an oven at 375º F and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.