8.31.2010

The tomato invasion......or LRSH sauce

Now I ask you.....what should I do with all of these tomato's? 
 Is that a dumb question?
A friend of mine told me the other day...there is no such thing as a dumb question...just a dumb answer.

Moving right along..hmmmm maybe some sauce?  
Dumb answer:  Yes 
Or as my mother in law, who hails from the cold and desperate landscape of northern Minnesota would say:
 " ya sure, yoo betcha"
Chop chop...all of the plum tomatoes go in the pan.  
About 12 cups.... maybe more
Lots of red and yes...did I mention I am sick of tomatoes?
 I am so sick of tomato's,  I have started calling  them by their more common name: 
" the little red shit heads" or LRSH for short
So we are simply cooking the LRSH's over medium...not to difficult.  
This is my GE electric cook top in Ojai and it has two temperature settings: Cold and Hell. 
 I said it was set to medium but it's really on Hell
Basil in the sauce?  
Why yes that would be nice.  A bit buggy looking...
Sauce looks good and cooked down to about half in 10 minutes on the Hell setting
Into the  food mill it goes...to remove the pulp first
No food mill? 
Your sauce will probably come out really awful

I'm not kidding...really bad
Now it goes through the mill  a second time through a finer sieve to remove the seeds.  
Oooo la la
 Now that's some good lookin' LRSHS (little red shit head sauce)
Spunned da bugs out in my trusty salad spinner...
and yes..."spunned" is a word we use alot here in Ojai
As in..."that car just spunned out of control and ran over Hank's cat"
Meet my BFGSH's...going for a swim in the boiling water for a quick blanch so we can get the skin off
Big red SH's aka the Early girls
After the blanch, into a cold water bath...blanch the basil too while your at it, because if there are any bugs left they will be dead now and much less noticeable
Peel, and chop the BGSH's and the RSH's too
Saute some garlic and add in all of the chopped SH's at once
You can freeze the extra basil in an ice cube tray if you want to pretend your Martha Stewart...which I like to do at least once a week, in the privacy of my home....naked, wearing only a vintage apron and gardening clogs.
Gross
SH sauce looks really good and we are cooking it down a bit on the Hell setting to break down the whole SH's until they are soft
I'm going to process about half of the SH sauce in the food processor
This makes a finer sauce but it is still really chunky
Now we are adding back in the sauce I made earlier from the little SH plum tomato's.
This was about 48 ounces

And here it is:  Kelley's famous 
Little Red Shit Head Pasta Sauce

Bon Appetite

PS Now get to work and quit spunning your wheels
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