Summertime home gardens often produce more fruit and vegetables than we know what to do with. While tomatoes are great for canning or making homemade marinara, I often get asked what other easy recipes can help use all the extra ripe tomatoes.
The answer is homemade heirloom tomato jam and it is the perfect topper to all kinds of dishes. The process for making tomato jam is similar to that used in making berry jams. Tomato jam makes a great savory/sweet condiment. It is excellent on crostini with whipped bleu or goat cheese and cream cheese, or as an appetizer drizzle with a balsamic syrup and a chiffonade of fresh basil leaves. If you don’t have home grown heirloom tomatoes, purchase some Roma or plum tomatoes to make the jam.
Heirloom Tomato Jam
If you don't have an abundance of heirloom tomatoes, substitute Roma or plum tomatoes. Tomato jam is great as a topper for bruschetta, hamburgers, on the side with a steak, fried fish or served with cheese, olive oil and wine.
- 3 lbs. tomato, heirloom or Roma, chopped
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
You can peel the tomatoes if you wish, but I don't find it necessary. In any event, chop the tomato into medium chunks.
Add all of the chopped tomatoes to a large pot and add the rest of the seasoning. Cover and let the tomatoes macerate for about 30 minutes to allow enough juice to extract and begin the cooking process.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the mixture has begun to boil, lower the temperature and let it percolate for another 10 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to thicken into the consistency of jam. Check often and stir to keep from scorching.