Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Heinz? Nein!

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!


  1. I can't keep up with you. the green tomato ketcup sounds devine. I have more green tomatos which i was going to pickle but i think i will make the ketcup. love your other recipes as well.

  2. Hi Zia, You really should make the ketchup with your leftover green tomatoes. They cook in no time and you should be done within 30 minutes or so. Let me know how it turns out! Thanks again for the encouragement!

  3. i will this weekend. Jen has green tomatoes so i will be making a batch of pickled and i will try the ketchup. Just made a simple fab dish of brocolli with oil, garlic, chili peppers (a bit of chicken stock) and served it with spaghetti (sp?) yum, yum, and brocolli is not my favorite veggie. anyway keep up the good works. love your almond milk recipe, but i don't know if i could drink it. waiting for the next recipe. ciao for now -- we have to get you over for dinner next month for sure. this month is booked (weddings, dad's move, etc.) love you.