Monday, February 2, 2015

Tomato Stew

Developed February, 2015. The dish combines familiar fresh vegetables with canned tomatoes to yield a nutrition-packed side dish available in any season. It avoids the too sweet problem with most canned offerings. It's a versatile side dish, that pairs nicely with beef, fish, chicken, or sandwiches.
1 T vegetable oil
4 oz (115 g) sweet red pepper, diced
4 oz (115 g) celery, diced
4 oz (115 g) yellow onion, diced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in tomato juice (Tuttarosso™ or Muir Glen™ are good)

1 c hot water
1/4 t celery seed
pinch crushed red pepper
1 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
1 T (15 ml) apple cider or red wine vinegar
1/2 t (3 ml) sugar
Heat a two-quart sauce pan over medium high, add the oil, and when it shimmers add the peppers. Saute for 3 minutes, add the celery, and 2 minutes later, the onion. Add the salt, stir to combine, cover tightly, and lower the heat. Let the vegetables sweat for 5 minutes to soften. Then, add the tomatoes, water, and the remaining seasonings, cover, and cook for 30 minutes at a slow boil, stirring occasionally. Correct the seasoning. Serves 4 to 6, as a side dish.

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