A rich and flavorful variation to the classic tomato sauce.
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I love the food mill because I love the texture and resulting consistency for this sauce and many soups. For me, this is an important part to great cooking. True, you are pulling out some of the fiber here but you can get this from so many other sources. As an alternative, you could simply chop things up much finer and then disregard the puree or food mill instructions. You will be left with a rustic (chunky) but equally flavorful sauce. Thanks for the comment.
This sauce was good. However, I enjoy my oven dried tomatoes ( Rouxbe recipe:)) more on their own and feel they were a bit "lost" in this sauce. I was happy to use an antique food mill I just acquired and pleased to remove the seeds but the Dutch in me rebelled a bit at losing some of the onion and fiber in spite of Dawn's recomendation to leave it in if we preferrred.
Hi - I was just wondering if you had any tips on buying quality sun-dried tomatoes? I'm thinking about your advice to not buy canned tomatoes containing calcium chloride. Are there any extraneous ingredients to look out for when buying sun-dried tomatoes? Or - how to determine if you are buying quality sun-dried tomatoes? I've had some that are downright nasty and would like to avoid making the same mistake in the future. :)
Here are some things to consider when buying sun-dried tomatoes:
- be sure to check the expiration date.
- look at the colour, they should be fairly bright red and fresh looking.
- read the list of ingredients, there should be minimal ingredients listed. They should also be low in sodium.
- if buying sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil (which I prefer), try to find ones that are packed in extra-virgin olive oil. I also avoid buying ones that contain other spices, as this is something that I like to control as I use them in a particular dish.
- if buying oil-packed, glass jars are better than cans as the tomatoes tend to have a cleaner more pure taste, with no risk of tasting like the tin. The ones I buy at Costco come in a glass jar and they are great.
In the end it just comes down to finding a brand that you like and then hope that they keep making and selling them :-) Again, the ones from Costco I have been buying for years and I have never been disappointed.
Hope this helps. Cheers!
So far I've made this recipe once, and everything was great minus the dried tomatos I used. I had a package of sun dried tomatos from trader joes which are dehydrated. I had all the other ingredients available. The look and feel of the sauce was beautiful but those dried-out tomatos were bitter and over-powering. I was really disappointed.
Perhaps I should have rehydrated the tomatoes, would this have helped? Next time I'll have the proper sun dried tomatos available.
Yes, you could rehydrate them before using but it really comes down to the brand/type of tomatoes. Some are tasty and some aren't so great. Taste them prior to using them and determine how much you think you would like in the dish. Cheers!
Technically, you are free to use this sauce as you see fit; however, it is important to understand that you would no longer really be making an arrabbiata sauce. Just compare the ingredients of this arrabbiata sauce, to this sun-dried tomato sauce and you will see what I mean. Cheers!