Sweet Heat Tomato Jam

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Peppery Southern Grits, Tomato Jam and Braised Greens – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Comfort Food, Vegan Recipe

Advanced |  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 50 minutes |  Yield: 1 1/2 cups

An acidic kick from balsamic plays with natural sweetness of tomatoes and smoky goodness from paprika come together in this oil-free Southern Tomato Jam.  Similar to a traditional gastrique, it’s a mix of caramelized sweetness with a pop of vinegar’s brightness.  The secret to this vegan recipe is to simmer it low and slow. It makes a delicious, healthy condiment over Peppery Southern Grits with Sweet Heat Tomato Jam and Caramelized Chard, Vegan Butternut Squash Italian Polenta, or Super Green Gluten-Free Quinoa Sliders.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) canned diced tomatoes (no salt added)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How it’s Done

To make the Sweet Heat Tomato Jam:  Combine the halved tomatoes, canned tomatoes, balsamic, thyme, bay leaf, paprika, and 1/2 cup water in a medium pot.  Cover and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and cook another 10-20 minutes, until most of the liquid has steamed off and you reach a thick, jam-like consistency.
Season with salt and pepper.  Keep warm until ready to serve.

Enjoy the warm hug from my Southern heart 🙂

Peppery Southern Grits, Tomato Jam and Braised Greens – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Comfort Food, Vegan Recipe

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Seasonal Tomatoes: Use the season’s best selection of tomatoes — you can use all fresh at the peak of summer, and all canned during the dark days of winter. Either way, make sure to keep some bigger tomato chunks to ensure a jammy texture.

Pile it high for an elegant presentation

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 recipe (about 1/4 cup)

Calories 20.22
Calories From Fat (7%) 1.49
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 0.19g <1%
  • Saturated Fat 0.01g <1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 7.91mg <1%
  • Potassium 147.37mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrates 4.29g 1%
  • Fiber 0.77g 3%
  • Sugar 3.07g
  • Protein 0.59g 1%
  • Calcium 7.88mg <1%
  • Iron 15.19mg 84%
  • Vitamin A IU
  • Vitamin C 664.57mg 1108%

 


Shopping and Gear List

  • PALMETTO FARMS Stone Ground White Grits, 32 OZ
  • (2 PACK) HOT + SWEET SMOKED Spanish Paprika – Kiva Gourmet – From The Famous La Vera Region of Spain – 4 oz Total WT
  • The Spice Hunter Thyme, Organic, 0.6-Ounce Jar

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