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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I love green tomatoes. They are wonderful fried with a little olive oil, garlic, oregano and sea salt. I also adore them pickled, as seen below:
(My mouth is actually watering!)
I have now discovered an absolutely wonderful way of using green tomatoes; by making green tomato ketchup.
In a sauce pot, place the following:
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- approximately 10 (or so) cups of diced green tomatoes
- 1 chopped jalapeno pepper (seeds removed)
- 5 large cloves of garlic (chunked/diced)
- 1 chopped medium-sized white onion
- dash of peperoncino/dried red chili flakes
- dash of chili powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- salt (to taste)
- freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Cover the sauce pot and let it cook on high in its own juices (approximately 10 minutes).
Stir the mixture occasionally. If the mixture becomes too dry, don't be afraid to put in a little bit of boiling/hot water.
Add the following ingredients:
- approximately 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (you could also use regular white vinegar)
- approximately 1/2 cup honey
Note: At this point it will smell like vomit. (I'm not kidding. The smell of vinegar cooking is absolutely disgusting.) Let it cook down with the lid on for a couple of minutes and then remove it. As the vinegar smell cooks away, the aroma will get better and, quite shortly, it will become very pleasant.
Purée the mixture in a blender or by using an immersion blender while hot.
Jar and you are done. This recipe yields approximately 6 1/2 - 250 mL jars.
Your green tomato ketchup can be used in any way regular ketchup is used. The only difference is that the green tomato ketchup tastes like heaven blended into a sauce!