Monday, September 8, 2008

Making Some Sauce

I brought home about 35 lbs of tomatoes from the market. Suffice it to say, we spent a few days roasting tomatoes.

For the most part, we quartered the tomatoes, placed them on the pan skin down and roasted them for about 3 hours at 250 degrees. Then we skinned them, weighed them out to 28 oz (large can size) and threw them in the freezer.

After hearing from some friends that they roast tomatoes with onions and garlic and then blend it all up in to a nice sauce base, I had to try some. The sauce was bursting with roasted garlic flavor and had a lovely sweetness to it. Hopefully I can make some more of this before tomato season is over.

I also tried my hand at crock pot tomato sauce and came up with a pretty good one.

Crock Pot Tomato Sauce

8 cups chopped tomatoes, I skinned mine, but it isn't necessary
3 carrots, grated
1 large onion, diced
1 red or green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 T olive oil
3/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried marjoram
1 t dried basil
3/4 t fennel seeds
3/4 t salt

Heat oil in a sauté pan. Sweat onions, bell pepper, garlic and grated carrots until soft, being careful not to brown. Place everything into crock pot and cook on low for 7 hours or until done. You can blend this sauce or use it chunky.


Anjeanette said...

Oh my gosh this looks amazing. I love reading your food posts. They always make me want to do whatever it is that you have done. Yum.

Diane Gilleland said...

OOh - awesome sauce recipes! Thank you so much - I'll be doing the big tomato thing at next week's market.

SquishyCuteStuff said...

My goodness! I never thought of roasting them in the oven. We did not have a very good tomato year around here... lots of problems with rot, etc. May have been from all of the rain, flooding.

There is nothing like a good homemade tomato sauce with a little salt and minced garlic... and a bit of fresh herbs. Tonight I go to the Taste of Home cooking show, and hopefully will get some good recipes ☺

Roxanne said...

Love roasted tomatoes with garlic! It's a great base for tomato basil soup too! Thanks for the recipe. You officially have made me hungry! :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic Sally! When you roast them, do you add oil or salt? And do you need to skin them afterwards? Looks so good... you rock my culinary world!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Yum! Homemade sauce is always the best!

Rachel said...

I looove home made sauce! Yum!

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

I didn't use any oil or salt.