I had made a braised artichoke appetizer a few weeks back, and it called for it to be drizzled with a tomato coulis. I wasn’t sure entirely what a coulis was, but decided to give it a try. I loved the coulis better than the artichokes! I would use this on almost anything – from fish, to crostini, to kabobs. I might be telling you something you already know, but this was my coulis moment. Now, as you can see, I made this in the winter, but I made sure that I bought the most flavorful tomatoes I could find. I can’t wait to make this with heirloom varieties in the summer with all the different color tomatoes…yum.
I decided to tweak the recipe from Cooking Light, because I wanted a smoother sauce than what was produced by my food processor. If I had used a blender like the recipe called for, I wonder if tweaking would not have been necessary. Drizzle away…
tomato coulis (adapted Food & Wine August 2009)
4 medium fresh tomatoes
4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1 garlic clove, minced
3 TB extra virgin olive oil
5 basil leaves
pinch of crushed red pepper
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
get started on coulis:
In a food processor, puree the fresh tomatoes with the drained sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and black pepper. Strain mixture over a bowl, pressing solids to release all liquid. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
note: as said earlier, you can opt to do this in a blender and not strain the mixture for a slightly thicker texture.