Summer Fest Ingredient: Tomatoes
What better way to bring Summer Fest to an end than with an ode to the season’s most popular produce? Whether you consider them a fruit or a veggie, there’s no denying that tomatoes of every shape and size make for one versatile food. From simple salads to hearty sauces, tomatoes take on the rich flavor of anything you add to them.
This week I opted for a super simple recipe for Tomato Jam. Simmer chopped tomatoes with fresh ginger, lime juice, sugar and crushed red pepper for an irresistible sweet and spicy spread. It’s minimalism meets maximum flavor and it’s ready for snacking in just over an hour.
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- 1 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes (on the vine)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Core and coarsely chop the tomatoes.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring them to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stirring occasionally, allow the mixture to simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes until it has the consistency of thick jam.
- Taste and season the jam with salt or additional dried spices then transfer it to a separate bowl to cool. Refrigerate the jam until ready to use.
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Recipe adapted from the New York Times.
This looks so good, never had it. Can I substitute the sugar with something else or just skip it?
It’s my first time to hear about tomato jam. But it looks delicious. Does it can be also eating with toasted breads? I know would really like to know what’s its real taste. I will surely try this when I harvested my tomatoes. Thanks for the new recipe.
Tomato jam? it is unheard of! I never tasted that kind of jam before and haven’t heard of it either! but this blog made it possible! Wow. LOL. I would definitely try this out! I was really surprised! This is really unique! I have tomaotes in my garden and I swear I will make TOMATO JAM!
Tomato jam? It is really interesting. I never had this one before but I really want to try what it tastes like. I usually make some tomato egg pie and it really taste good. Thanks for your new recipe.
Love your recipe and will make it soon. I made a couple things for Summer Fest
We make similar without the lime juice
Here is a chickpeas curry the tomtatoes give the flavor to the sauce
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