|Creole tomato sauce made from garden fresh tomatoes, onion, green & red bell pepper, celery & seasonings.|
Creole Tomato SauceFor me, it was a busy weekend around here, and appropriately, much of it centered around food. I don't know why I didn't make some aspect of the food industry my career. Sure would have been fitting since I apparently love it so much! It would have been super cool to have done something like this and make a career with it for sure.
Yes, I caught up on some household chores, dusted, vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen, weeded through some magazines for the recycle bin, cleared a bit of clutter (which seems to just expand under my watch), and those other such pesky tasks.
But I also made a recipe of Pistolette French rolls to go along with a shrimp dish that I made later in the evening. I also cleaned and peeled several pounds of shrimp to put up in the freezer. I froze the juice of some lemons, limes and oranges. And, I put away the last big harvest of ripe tomatoes from the garden.
I've previously posted about how I prefer the freezer method when putting tomatoes up, as opposed to canning. Oh, I only wish I had enough sunny yard space to plant for a huge tomato harvest, but we have far too many oak trees for that. So, since I don't have a lot of tomato plants and my pantry storage is limited anyway, the freezer method works the best for me.
So far this year though, I've managed to beat the pests to my tomatoes for a change, so I've actually had a halfway decent tomato harvest out of the dozen or so plants that I do have down. And ... there are some new blossoms and new baby tomatoes on the vines, so I'm hopeful that I'll be seeing at least a few more on the next round!
So this next batch of tomatoes I considered freezing whole, described here, but then I decided instead to put up some Creole tomato sauce, and hopefully I'll be able to catch the whole tomatoes next harvest.
In truth, I use diced and stewed the most, and Creole tomato sauce is just really stewed down tomatoes that are seasoned a bit, with, what else? The Trinity!
Well, The Trinity, with an addition of some sweet, red bell peppers and a few seasonings.
Recipe: Creole Tomato Sauce©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 45 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 stalks (ribs) of celery, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 4 pounds of garden fresh, prepared tomatoes
- Pinch of granulated sugar
- 3 small bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 2 pinches of kosher salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add the onion, green and red bell peppers, and celery. Saute until tender. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Add the prepared tomatoes, sugar, bay leaves, thyme, salt & pepper, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Set aside to cool. Label freezer bags and measure out a portion 15 to 16 ounces per bag (most canned tomato sauces are about 14.5 ounces). Squeeze out the air, seal, and lay flat. Place into freezer until set.
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