Friday, September 28, 2012

Herbed Fresh Garden Tomato Sauce

Herbed Fresh Garden Tomato Sauce
Red, ripe and juicy tomatoes take the center stage in this sauce. Only heirloom or farmers' market fresh tomatoes should be used in this recipe as its' strength rests in the divine and natural sweetness of a fresh picked and vine ripened tomato. Sauce is just lightly simmered so the flavors stay bright and full of life. Olive oil can be substituted for butter to make a dairy free version. Serve over fried squash blossoms, eggplant parmesan, or ravioli. 

In small, thick bottomed saucepan saute the following:
2T butter or olive oil
2cloves of garlic
2c chopped ripe, fresh garden tomatoes (heirloom varieties preferable)
2t agave nectar
7 leaves fresh rosemary, minced
4 leaves fresh basil, minced
1T chives, minced
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Simmer on low for 10 minutes, just enough time for the flavors to combine. Take off heat until serving time.

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