Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Candied Tomatoes - sweet spicy side dish you don't want to miss out on

Candied Tomatoes
Let's start off the blog with one of my family's favorite side dishes.  Don't be put off if you don't like tomatoes try this dish and you'll be surprised.

(2) 16 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
(2) cups of plain granulated sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Add tomatoes and sugar in a saucepan.  Cook over low heat stirring frequently - about every 5 - 10 minutes - for approx. 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  The tomatoes will cook down to a very thick consistency and turn a deep red color.  Add plenty of pepper and approx. 1 teaspoon of salt just before serving.  The more pepper you add the more pronounced the spicy / sweet distinction in the taste. 
Serve as a side dish,  spoon over biscuits, serve over rice or mashed potatoes.  The possibilities are endless.
Our favorite is just using them as a side dish.  Let me know what you think. 

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