Fresh Farmer’s Market Tomatoes! Do you love good sauce as much as I do? I mean really, what food isn’t better with a good sauce to drizzle over the top, dip into, or soak up? Am I right? Of course I am, just nod and follow along. Tommy and I recently visited the Sow’s Ear Restaurant north of Durango. We love this restaurant, but we discovered that they took their delicious calamari off the menu! What a terrible heart break that was! So I asked the waitress what the sauce was that they used on their Calamari, thinking maybe I could re-produce it at home. Actually they used two sauces, a red sauce as the base on the plate and a white sauce drizzled over the top. She told me the red sauce was just a braised tomato sauce, and the white sauce was a homemade mayo, aka – aioli if you want to be fancy about it.
Super simple of course, the best food is. So I set out in search of a good braised tomato recipe. I was surprised to find only a few readly available online. Most of the braised recipes I found were for braised short ribs, or their was something else mixed with the tomatoes, like kale, or pancetta. So I read through several recipes and then decided to make my own.
I started with about 3-4 pounds of fresh roma tomatoes from the local farm stand. The better the tomatoes, the better the sauce is my thought. The simplicity of this recipe is probably why you don’t see more of them online. And while I know that everyone is looking for easy dishes to cook at home, we seem to be getting fancier and fancier with our recipes. I’m finding that this recipe only took about 15 minutes of prep time and a few hours in the oven. Once they were lovely, soggy and slightly browned, I sent them for a spin in the Vitamix, and voila! I have a lovely tomato sauce! Of course you can use this like a traditional tomato sauce over pasta if you like, add a few meat balls and call it dinner. Or you can get a little fancier and spoon it over some coconut shrimp, drizzle it over fried chicken, make some calamari to soak it up (see how I made that come full circle?), or do just about anything your imagination can come up with.
Braised Tomato Sauce Recipe
Prep time 15 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 15 mins