‘Tomato Stuff’: Tapenade-Style Tomato Spread for Sauces, Dressings, and More


| 9/15/2016 9:46:00 AM


With a bonanza supply of dehydrated tomatoes put by, I made this delicious spread that we’ve always called just “tomato stuff.”  It’s like a tapenade, although without anchovies.

I use it by itself to spread on thin slices of baguette or water crackers for an elegant appetizer and also use it by the big spoonful for enrich a pasta sauce instead of tomato paste, make a quick pizza, add body to a vegetable soup, add big flavor to a vinaigrette dressing, dress a plain dish of spaghetti, and put a bit of zing into a bland stew.

It’s also quite tasty just on a spoon! One of my favorite one-pan meals is below.

‘Tomato Stuff’ Tapenade Recipe

Ingredients:



• 1 cup oil cured black olives, pitted
• 2 cups dehydrated tomatoes
• ½ cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
• 8 fat cloves roasted garlic
• 2 tbsp homemade pesto if you have it
• 1 tbsp Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning herb mix
• ½ cup very good extra virgin olive oil, possibly more



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