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Monday, January 05, 2015

In a Jam: Easy Tomato Jam

Once again, fruit is in the eye of the beholder, and as I beheld the various tomato products in my pantry, I thought about making some tomato jam. As I searched through recipes online, I found they all called for fresh tomatoes -- and lots of them! But it's the middle of winter, so what's a mouse to do? Why, use those shelf-stable tomatoes, of course :-)

tomato jam in a jar

Easy Tomato Jam

3 cups canned plum tomatoes, "strained", "crushed", "chopped", or "diced" (if you have tomatoes you've processed yourself at home, even better!)
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 Tablespoons gin
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Stir all ingredients together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, stirring frequently, for about 90 minutes, or until the volume has reduced by about half (you may need to increase the heat for the final 15 minutes and stir constantly to drive off the last of the excess moisture). Let cool, uncovered, to room temperature and store in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes: Dollop jam on burgers, spread on sandwiches, or serve with chicken, fish, or eggs. For a fun party nibble, spread 4 Tablespoons jam on a sheet of puff pastry, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, roll into a log and slice into 1/2-inch rounds; bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit on a lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.


tomato and cheese pinwheels with a glass of red wine


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