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Monday, August 8, 2011

Garden Fresh Goodness

My husband called from work last week to tell me he was bringing home some tomatoes. Some garden fresh goodness. This was code for "go to the store and buy a couple pounds of bacon"...which of course I did. The mister's motto is "if you're gonna be a bear be a grizzly". He came home with a boxful. They were ripe and I knew we would never eat that many blt's. I thought I would try my hand at homeade tomato sauce. I looked at a couple recipes and then did what I do best. Throw crap together. He came home with a few zuchini squash as well...I added them too.




It turned out pretty darn good so I thought I would share. Remember, there is no right or wrong, substitute stuff, make it your own, taste often. Here's how it went down in my kitchen.

grocery:

Sauce:
10-12 super ripe tomatoes stolen from your neighbors garden (peeled) and roughly chopped
2 large onions (chopped)
2-3 large yellow zuchini squash (chopped)
5 cloves garlic (minced)
1/4 cup olive oil -or more
5 bay leaves
fresh basil
1/4 cup red cooking wine
a tablespoonish of white sugar
salt and pepper to taste
2 cans of tomato paste
2 packages of spaghetti seasoning

Prep: Chop the onions, squash, and garlic cloves.  Peel the skin off the tomatoes and roughly chop them.

add 1/4 cup olive oil to a pan and once it's heated add the onions, squash and garlic. Cook the onions, squash and garlic down about 20 minutes, or until they are soft and opaque. This is where I had to switch from a large skillet to a large pot. Start adding the tomatos. Mine were huge chunks, which is fine they cook down. Add the tomato paste, the season packets, the wine, the bay leaves, a little salt and pepper, the sugar and simmer on low for a couple hours, or even just 30 minutes if that's all you have, stirring occasionaly. If you don't like a chunky sauce, put it in the blender and then let it cool.  I blended mine so my kids would eat it.  I left mine in the fridge for a day before I made the meatballs. If you like meatballs, these were pretty tasty too.

PS. Garnish with the fresh basil...or add it to the sauce at the end. I LOVE basil and could definitely over do it.

Meatballs:
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground sausage
1 egg
1/4 cup ish of breadcrumbs (or crushed crackers)
1/4 cup of good cheese. I used shredded romano (it's what I had)...but you could use parm or mozzarella
a tbsp of minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 cup of milk
salt and pepper
1 spaghetti seasoning packet
oil for pan.

mix everything but the oil together until you get a good meatball consistency, then make meatballs. Heat the oil and brown the outside. Add your meatballs to the warmed up sauce in a crockpot and cook 1/2 the day. We also added some our favorite italian sausage, browned and left to cook all the way through in the sauce. It was heavenly.

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6 comments:

  1. I'd like to make a formal complaint - I didn't get the "throw crap together" gene. Apparently your mom took all of it for herself and didn't share with her twin, so it could then be passed on to me. Tell her I said it's bad form... and I'm expecting either her pecan pie or carrot cake to be on my doorstep when I wake up to help make up for it. Thanks.

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  3. There is nothing like the taste of garden fresh tomatoes......however you fix them!

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  4. wow looks great! I'm a lazy moma, I always use the bottle sauce!

    love,mongs
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  5. Hi~

    Good stuff here!! My mouth is definately watering.:) I invite you to link any & all of your great ideas to my blog bash {K.I.S.S.} Happy to be a new follower & love the blog name, too. :)

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