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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Roasted Tomato Sauce

After reading your last post V.
and tripping off to visit smitten kitten's blog post
on her roasted tomato sauce,
I took myself off early this morning in search of locally-grown romas.

Found these...

and the banana peppers
(I think I may stuff them with italian sausage meat!)

Came home and, like smitten,  I washed and cut the tomatoes in half
and set them out on a baking sheet with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme and oregano, some salt and pepper...

and popped them in a 400 degree oven to roast for an hour.
(I wish I could share how deeply red
 the house smells right now.)

It was as much as I could do to stop myself from sitting down
with a baguette and eating them just like this.

Then it was time to throw everything into the food processor and give
it a, voila!

 All the while the tomatoes were roasting, I'm thinking about
those banana peppers...what to do with those?
And here is what I decided.
I cut off their hot little heads and removed as many of the seeds as I could.
You could just smell the fire in them!
I quickly blanched them in boiling water, just until they were soft enough to be stuffed
without breaking.  Then I mixed together some italian sausage meat, an egg, some
breadcrumbs and little salt and pepper - and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, just because.
Then stuffed them as best as I could, made a few meatballs with the leftover meat,

and smothered the whole shebang with the roasted tomato sauce.

They are cooking away in the oven as we speak...I'm thinking about an hour.
I'm off to shower all this pepper oil off me, before I do something silly
like try to take my contact lens out!


  1. Your recipe looks delicious J. We still have a few of our tomatoes left in the poly tunnel. The sun has ripened the odd one or two today.(Gorgeous Indian Summer here for as long as it lasts) I've also got some of those banana peppers - they're hot little monkeys, especially when you're not expecting it. I will be trying your recipes - thanks so much for posting them.

  2. Sounds just devine! I can almost smell it from here.

  3. I am so going to roast tomatoes tomorrow after reading your post Jacqueline! I can taste this sauce now. yum.

  4. Unlike Molly, my tomatoes are all but finished. Those stuffed peppers look great, but aren't they a Or are 'Banana' peppers a special mild variety?

  5. yum...yum...yum ! I love the banana pepper recipe.

  6. That was the best part Cro...the heat! I did remove the seed, so they were a bit toned down, but paired with the sweetness of the tomatoes it was all rather yummy.
    I'm definitely keeping this recipe!
    This was so easy June...good luck with yours.

  7. They look absolutely delicious; I don't think I could have brought myself to turn them into a sauce (though that must have been lovely too). And I've made that painful contact lens mistake.

  8. i've done it too Mise...a painful lesson, the only time I have ever come close to fainting!

  9. Oh Jacqueline not only does that sound delicious it looks so divine too!!! I shall have a go at the tomato sauce, just right for pasta with oodles of freshly grated parmesan!!! Thank you so much for finding me I have now found you and I am your new follower! Hugs from a 500 year old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxx

  10. Lovely to have you here Glenda...I'm going crazy over your Christmas board!


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