Stewed tomatoes. I was cleaning out my pantry, and came across a can that I must have mistakenly bought. I just stared at it. Trying not to be wasteful, I stood there thinking of how I could use it but something in my genetic make up won’t allow it. My mother, however, (insert the saying “bless her heart” HERE), seemed to think that they went with every skillet dinner we had growing up. I just couldn’t get past the weirdly shaped, skinless, lifeless chunks. They looked like someone beat the life out of them and then canned them up because no one else wanted them. I love tomatoes any other way – sliced, diced, raw, sauced – oh wait, that’s me! So anyway, they often got picked around at dinner. Now, as an adult, I am laughing at myself because I still can’t open a can of stewed tomatoes. I just can’t. But who needs them? Like I said, there are so many ways to eat tomatoes. This recipe can go a few ways. It can be a jalapeño type salsa made with lime juice or red wine vinegar, or turn it into a salad with feta and orzo. But the number one tip is to us the best ingredients you can since everything is fresh. I also prefer to use grape tomatoes since they hold their shape better when mixing everything together, but use diced if you prefer. This one was made to go with a swordfish dinner we were having. It was so good, that I had to break it out again from the fridge a few days later, and have some as an appetizer. Love you mom!
balsamic tomato salsa
1/2 pint of organic red grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 pint of organic golden grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 pint of kalamata olives, sliced (or any combination of olives)
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced
6 scallions, sliced
2 Fresno chilis, sliced
10 basil leaves, julienned
3 TB Aged balsamic vinegar (not your run of the mill balsamic vinegar)
1 TB extra virgin olive oil
pinch crushed red pepper
kosher salt and ground black pepper
get started on the salsa:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add the pinch of crushed red pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix gently. Serve at room temperature or chilled.