This is the biggest thing to hit my blog since my EZ Wheat Bread recipe. This ladies and gentlemen is why I no longer can salsa. You can buy salsa easy enough but this…..this…..can not be bought at the store. It is so delicious, so impressive–like pull it out when your mother-in-law comes to town–impressive. This is literally the easiest food storage meal to make. It just takes this….
You definitely don’t have to mix it with Alfredo sauce, but it is so good. In fact, it’s so easy that I can whip up this yummy bread (which is also surprisingly easy) and also very impressive for the next time you have your mother-in-law for dinner.
If you ask nicely in a comment, I may make you a video of how to do this bread (so do it, I’m dying to share this with you! ;)….but today is the yummy Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce. The best and only way to use those garden tomatoes and peppers. Easier than salsa and way more impressive (without anyone knowing how little time you spent on dinner!) This recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens so you can know that it has been tested for canning, so you make sure you don’t change anything. Tomato canning recipes can not be altered without endangering the product.
- 6 bulbs garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 medium red, yellow, and/or green sweet peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
- 12 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled*
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt or 4 teaspoons regular salt
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, snipped
- 1 cup lightly packed assorted fresh herbs, such as oregano, thyme, parsley, and/or basil, snipped
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut off the top 1/2 inch of each garlic bulb to expose ends of individual cloves. Leaving garlic bulbs whole, remove any loose, papery outer layers. Place bulbs, cut ends up, in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart casserole. Drizzle bulbs with 1 tablespoon of the oil; cover casserole. Arrange sweet pepper halves, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet; brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
- Roast garlic and peppers about 40 minutes or until garlic feels soft and peppers are charred. Cool garlic in casserole on a wire rack. Bring foil up around peppers and fold edges together to enclose. Let peppers stand about 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Peel off and discard skins. Chop peppers; set aside.
- Remove garlic cloves from paper skins by squeezing the bottoms of the bulbs. Place garlic cloves in a food processor. Cut peeled tomatoes into chunks; add some of the chunks to the garlic in food processor. Cover and process until chopped.
- Transfer chopped garlic and tomatoes to a 7- to 8-quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot. Working in batches, repeat chopping the remaining tomatoes in the food processor. Add all of the tomatoes to pot.
- Add brown sugar, salt, vinegar, and black pepper to tomato mixture. Bring to boiling. Boil steadily, uncovered, for 50 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in chopped peppers. Boil for 10 to 20 minutes more or until mixture reaches desired consistency (you should have about 11 cups), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in basil and assorted herbs.
- Spoon 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice into each of six hot sterilized pint canning jars. Ladle hot pasta sauce into jars with lemon juice, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.
- Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 35 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks. Makes 6 pints.