Week 1 – Tomato Contest Winner
Congratulations to Roxanne Chan! (A.K.A. “RoxieChan” here on Better Recipes.) She is the first $250 winner in the new round of our $5,000 Recipe Contest!
Roxanne’s creative dish came out on top for the “tomato” themed week. This recipe is fresh, colorful and captures the flavors of the season. With just a few ingredients from your garden or from your local farmers market, you can whip up this versatile tomato conserve in minutes!
Cherry tomatoes are simmered with garlic, herbs and vinegar to a thick consistency, then spread on toasted baguette slices and sprinkled with goat cheese and basil for an easy appetizer, or to use as a topping or dip.
Roxanne recommends, “Conserve may be served warm or chilled as well. Great to make ahead and have on hand when a last-minute appetizer is needed. It is versatile: use as a topping for fish, on an omelet for breakfast or brunch, or as a dip for raw vegetables.”
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 cups Halved Red Cherry Tomatoes
2 cloves Garlic, minced
½ tsp Dried Italian Seasoning Herbs
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
16 Tosted Baguette Slices
Garnish – Crumbled Fresh Goat Cheese & Snipped Basil
Coat the bottom of a medium pan with the oil. Heat over medium-high heat, then add the tomatoes, garlic and seasoning herbs. Simmer 15 minutes, then add the pepper and vinegar. Cook 5-10 minutes more or until it becomes a jam-like consistency. When the conserve has cooled to room temperature, divide among baguette slices; sprinkle on the goat cheese and garnish with the basil. Makes about 1 cup.
The crostini were so outstanding, I just had to try some of her other recommendations for the tomato conserve. I spooned it over some pan seared halibut….heavenly!
The next day I used it as a topping for a Mushroom and Fontina Omelet. Once again, the tomato conserve brought the dish to a whole new level. This winning recipe is a great resource for utilizing the summer tomato harvest. Keep some on hand and I am sure you will find many other ways to enjoy it as well!
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