Monday, March 15, 2010

Tomato Balsamic Reduction

Last summer I had a serious abundance of cherry tomatoes in our garden; like so many we couldn't eat them fast enough! As they started passing their peak, I felt guilty for having so much extra that would go to waste, so I picked them all and brought them into the house.

Randomly, I put them on the stove with some balsamic vinegar. Not knowing at all what it was, how it would turn out or what I would do with it, I just let it simmer on the stove. For like 45 minutes. The end result was what looked to be a lovely contribution to compost; and it didn't smell that great either.

That evening we were having friends over; menu? Homemade pizza grilled outside. I made so much pizza; seriously, like 7 pizzas for 4 adults and two and 1/2 children!! The were so good and fun to make... all different flavors and shapes.

After a couple glasses of wine I decided to add the 'paste' stuff as base for the pizza and low and behold! Amazing deliciousness! Especially with the grilled prawns and caramelized onions (I'll post a picture).

So, the other night I discovered that our Costco size cherry tomatoes were reaching the end of their life (Noodle Nose loves them as snack but we weren't getting to the end). So I tried it again... I soon realized I had put too much balsamic, which was easily 'fixable' by ciphoning some out. There they sat a simmerin' away on the stove for again, another 45 min until it was this nasty thick tomato pastey type matter. Husband came home and immediately commented 'what is that smell?' I explained and told him it would be delicious so he needed to stop complaining.

What to do with them?? I don't know... so I let it cool and put it in the fridge. Pizza? Perhaps.

So last night turned out to be one of those evenings where my sister in law came over, then my girlfriend needed a break so she brought her kids over to play and Husband and I just ended up entertaining which is not uncommon at our house! What is uncommon is entertaining with no wine (tear) and no food in the house! (I say that as anyone does with a pantry full of food... why DO we do that?)

Luckily my fantastic girlfriend brought some wine over... Now, my turn... what to cook? I ended up making the most delicious spaghetti and meatless balls (:)) on the planet! Recipe to come, but I wanted to explain the wierd pastey tomato matter... if you try it, you will find will give amazing flavor to so so so many things! (And it's easy!)


  1. I love anything tomato-ey, especially if it begins with fresh ones, so I'm super excited for the recipe!

  2. oh and it's seriously easy... like two ingredients: cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Put in pan, simmer for about 45 minutes. I thought I was going to burn it the first time but if you just stir, soon enough it just turns into pastey deliciousness!!



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