How to Stew Tomatoes

Stewed Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes have an intense flavor you'll never confuse with, say, a bell pepper. Because recipes made with them take on their brilliant and vivid flavor, some cooks like to incorporate other ingredients into their stewed tomatoes to fine tune them and create a more subtle dish. Because tomatoes can taste acidic, almost metallic even, adding some depth-enhancing flavors and sweeteners may be just the thing to make a perfect stewed tomato for your winter table.

When reviewing stewed tomato recipes, look for sugar as a key ingredient if you don't like the bite you get from some cooked tomato products. If you love Southwestern cooking, be on the lookout for ingredients like cilantro and cumin. If you enjoy salsas, relishes and chutneys that use lots of ingredients to create unique flavors, try stewed tomato recipes that incorporate ingredients like:

  • bell pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • celery
  • carrot
  • onion
  • garlic
  • basil
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • Worcestershire sauce

There can be a bit of crossover among tomato-based dishes and products, with recipes for stewed tomatoes looking very much like simple marinara sauce recipes from an ingredient standpoint. If you have enough fresh tomatoes to work with, you can try a couple of different stewed tomato options or even invent your own recipe. It's fun, and there's no risk of losing the tomato rich flavor as you blend and mix ingredients. We like to include sugar and just a little cinnamon and allspice for a stewed tomato with attitude to spare.

These meal recipes use stewed tomatoes to create warm, filling and vibrant dishes your family is bound to love. They'll challenge you to build an even bigger stash of tomato recipes for holiday meals and beyond.

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