Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Great Fall Tomato Harvest

Dear God of the garden,

We thank Thee for Thy mercy and protection during the first, second, and third frosts of the year. We exalt Thee for Thy provision of a bountiful harvest of tomatoes. Glory to God in the highest, Amen.

They may not be the prettiest tomatoes in the world, but you wouldn't be too pretty either if you survived three frosts, three nights in a row with nothing to protect you but a flannel sheet. As posted last week, we're also harvesting the larger green tomatoes. But these red(ish), ripe tomatoes I set my mind to tendering them to fruition. Patience pays.

In honor of our tomato bounty, I thought I'd share a recipe. This recipe was inspired by a recipe sent to me by a (vegan) college friend. She recently enjoyed vegan biscuits and gravy at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.

Kate's Tomato Gravy
2 T. Olive Oil
2 T. Flour
1 small onion, diced
1 c. green tomatoes, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 c. almond milk
1 t. lemon juice
Smoked paprika to taste (about 1 t.)
Tabasco sauce to taste (about 1 t.)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and green tomatoes; sautee until soft. Add flour and stir until a thick paste forms (also called a roux). Gradually whisk in almond milk. Gradually whisk in the canned tomatoes (plus liquid) and lemon juice. The mixture should be the consistency of thick gravy. If too thick, gently whisk in more almond milk. Stir in paprika, tabasco, salt, and pepper. Adjust according to personal preference. Serve with biscuits.

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