Sweet and Savory Tomato Jam
Garden Fresh Tomatoes are cooked down with Brown Sugar, Sherry Vinegar, Soy Sauce, and Spices, into an Intensely Flavorful Condiment much like a Rustic Homemade Ketchup. Preserve now for Delicious Holiday Gifts later.
Ok, so this isn't really a baking-type post. And it's not really a dessert post, either. But hopefully you'll forgive me for that when you taste what it's all about.
The flavors in this tomato jam will knock your stinky socks off. I am not kidding.
Once I'd conquered my jam-making, canning, preserving fears, I knew I'd be making huge batches of this. For one thing, 'tis the season of neighbors knocking each other's doors down, bearing overstuffed grocery bags full of their summer bumper crop. We've all got 'em, in spades, and we don't know what the heck to do with the sheer volume of...
I think it had to be close to a year ago that Mr. Allie and I were watching Food Network, saw this recipe, and HAD to make it, THAT VERY NIGHT. It was so good. I mean, we were kinda blown away. And the tomato jam really made the dish. Such a huge flavor impact! Our tastebuds were doing a happy dance...
It was a bit time consuming, mostly because of the tomato jam, but I remember thinking that if I'd already had it made, in the pantry or whatever, the meal would've been a cinch. I'm sure that was the original intent the chef had when developing it.
While away a free afternoon whipping up this concoction, and you'll thank yourself in the months to come. This condiment will wake up just about any dish. I'm thinking eggs, salads, drizzled on a hearty soup, accompanying a cheese board... or of course, Shrimp and Truffled Grits with Moroccan Chorizo Broth, a la Chef Beau McMillan.
Peeling and seeding tomatoes may sound tedious, but it can translate into a happy memory between a mom and her big boy, leaning over the sink together while singing pop songs along with the radio.
At least I hope he'll remember times like these, when he's grown. They are certainly precious to me.
Not only did I enjoy his company, but he cut the work in half for me. So what if there were a few stray seeds in the jam, and puddles of tomato juice all over the floor and counter?
There was plenty of time to clean up while the jam simmered away on the stove, reducing down to it's essence, and filling our home with it's sweet/savory aroma.
*Please visit Baking a Moment to view the recipe*
If you don't quite have the hang of canning/preserving, this tomato jam will keep for a few weeks in the fridge. Feel free to halve or even quarter the recipe, just watch it while it simmers and give it a stir every now and then so it doesn't scorch.
But if you're experienced/adventurous enough to take a crack at sterilizing the jars before sealing and submerging them in boiling water for 10 minutes, then whip up a big batch, and keep them in your cupboard for months. I love giving homemade gifts at the holidays, and hopefully my family likes getting them, because these will definitely be stashed in stockings in a few months!
If you are a home canning/preserving enthusiast, you might also enjoy reading about my first attempt (click the pics for the recipes):
...and what you can make with it:
Happy Labor Day Weekend, friends!