This easy, delicious sauce is a great way to take advantage of the plethora of different heirloom tomatoes still available at the market! Whether you hit up Her Farms, Happy Boy Farms, Tomatero Farm or Blue House Farm, make sure to get plenty of juicy, near-soft tomatoes. While you’re at the MCM, also pick up some raw almonds from Winters Fruit Tree to whirl into this easy, unique sauce.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 green jalapeño, seeded and diced
4 large, juicy heirloom tomatoes, cored and chopped (about 3 cups chopped tomatoes)
1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tsp Ancho chili powder
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds, plus more for garnish
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook for 30-60 seconds, just until fragrant (be careful not to burn the garlic). Reduce heat to medium-low and add the tomatoes, basil, chili powder, almonds and red wine vinegar. Cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until tomatoes break down.
Puree until very smooth. Serve garnished with fresh basil and more toasted sliced almonds.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce