CHEF JEFF — ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Surprise Tomato SauceIf you haven’t thought of plums as a secret ingredient, try this recipe.
By: Herald Staff Report,
If you haven’t thought of plums as a secret ingredient, try this recipe, adapted from one by culinary expert Maureen Pothier of Johnson and Wales University.
Surprise Tomato Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
8 to 10 prunes, chopped
1 bay leaf
¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1½ tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
Heat olive oil in saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook, until softened. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, paste, prunes, bay leaf and red pepper. Heat to a boil; reduce heat to simmer. Cook for hour, stirring often. Add basil and parsley; simmer 2 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Season with salt and ground pepper to taste.
Yield: Serves 8.
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