It’s been quite a while since the last time I had the chance to post something. The thing is I’ve been busy…A-LOT! Since we’ve opened our restaurant for the season I’ve been working for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Not much time to relax and share a recipe with you. Even though all I do all day long is to cook. Now how paradox is that?
Day by day I was thinking to myself: Today I’m gonna cook something for my blog. But when the time came up (no more than 30 minutes to an hour at most) I would think again: Oh, I’m sooo tired right now I’ll just sit and have a cup of coffee instead and I’ll do it tomorrow. Until all these tomorrows came up to form 2 whole months.
The Must-Have Basic Tomato Sauce
But now it’s time to finally make up to you. The first thing I decided to upload is this 15-minute Fresh Tomato Sauce. This sauce serves as the base to many culinary miracles. You can basically do anything that comes to your mind with it (meaning, within the kitchen section).
A Few Ideas:
Saute some shrimp, add a few drops of brandy, The Sauce and some fresh parsley for a flavorful Shrimp sauce to add to your pasta.
Saute some green bell peppers add The Sauce, some canned tuna, and dried oregano. Perfect for some penne with tuna or to spread on bruschetta bread.
Use as a base to make my Sun-Dried Tomato And Chicken Pasta for romantic dinner for 2.
Add some minced garlic and chili to it and you have a sweet tomato and chili sauce.
Add to your Pizza Dough.
Blend it in your blender by adding soya sauce, mustard, and smoked paprika to make a homemade BBQ SAUCE.
And so much more…
The Greek Napolitaine Version
In my version here, I added a pinch of Greek basil to make something like a Greek Napoli sauce. Now I’m completely blindfolded as to whether you can actually find this variety of basil in other countries as well. But you can always use plain sweet basil as well. The only difference is that our variety has a very strong taste that reminds you of ouzo (Yeah it’s Greek all right).
Why choose to make a homemade tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes?
To me, it’s sinful to be able to cook something out of fresh ingredients, and instead use canned ones. Tomatoes in our case. Especially during the hot months of the year when tomatoes are super ripe, and sweet as honey. They’re nothing compared to canned tomato sauce when you cook them.
Other than being 100% healthier and flavorful making your own tomato sauce is also very easy. So why insisting on ready-made?
There is only one little thing you actually have to do, in order to master this tomato sauce.
And that is, to let the chopped tomatoes caramelize along with the olive oil. Exactly the same way you caramelize onions. The reason? Well, imagine how much sweeter onions taste when you caramelize them, instead of just boil them. The same goes to the tomatoes as well. They only need a tiny bit of help from a very tiny bit of kosher salt, and a tiny bit of sugar. When they’re done, pour in some water let simmer for approx 10-15 minutes add your preferred herbs and your sauce is ready already!