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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tomato Jam






It is potluck week at IHCC. I wanted something spicy, tangy and a little sweet. I chose Mark Bittman's Tomato Jam recipe for this week's pot luck theme.

Never have I thought to make jam out of tomatoes! I am a tomato lover and enjoy tomatoes in many ways. I look forward each summer to those locally grown tomatoes for toasted tomato sandwiches. Toasted bread, mayo, salt and pepper together are awesome! A simple tomato sauce with pasta is addictive and comforting. Oh and I can't leave out tomato dumplings.(That is another post and I wonder if anyone else has ever had Tomato dumplings?) Back to the recipe as I check back in from my tomato dreams.

I saw this recipe and thought sweet,tangy and spicy all together with one of my most favorite foods.

The recipe is very EASY! I literally threw everything into the pot and left it! Well I did go back to stir here and there, I just wanted to inhale deeply over the pot. I also used "regular" vine tomatoes. The recipe yields about a pint. I think next time I will double the recipe.

The jam keeps very well in the fridge and I slathered it on toasted french bread.



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Tomato Jam Mark Bittman

1-1/2 pounds good ripe tomatoes (Roma are best), cored and coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh grated or minced ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 jalapeno or other peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced, or red pepper flakes or cayenne to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan, Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.

2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, then cool and refrigerate until ready to use; this will keep at least a week.

Yield: About 1 pint.

9 comments:

  1. looks good! Tastes good too! Seems like and odd combo but the taste packs a good wallop! Especially mommas ;)

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  2. Your tomato jam looks so delicious slathered on the thick French bread toasts. I am marking this one to try--love the spicy/sweet combo!

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  3. This is such a fun recipe! I'm thinking it would make a great topping for some chicken or even fish. You could really put this jam on so many things. Thanks for pointing this one out!

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  4. That tomato jam looks delicious....yummmmo

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  5. What a fabulous idea! I never would have thought of tomatoes and jam in the same sentence. but I'm going to now! Especially with 12 tomato plants in my garden...

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  6. Yum! I am bookmarking this to try once summer comes and my tomatoes start growing!

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  7. I love the sound of this tomato jam! I can't wait for fresh tomatoes from the garden. I know what I'll be making! Thanks for sending it to the Showdown!

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  8. This sounds amazing! Now I know one more thing to try with all of the tomatoes that will (hopefully) be growing in my garden this year.

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  9. I absolutely love the sound of tomato jam, especially with the cumin and the cinnamon! I am so making this.

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