Ouzo Tomatoes

By • August 18, 2011 • 20 Comments



Author Notes: The inspiration for this comes from a dish I had at Cava, a Greek meze restaurant near Eastern Market in Southeast DC. There the tomatoes are an accompaniment to the shrimp, but the whole thing is bright with the ouzo and refreshing with the dill. I recreate it often, using combination in many forms – pureed as a sauce for pasta or chicken, or with halved cherry tomatoes as a side dish, as it is here. Opa! - checkerchecker

Food52 Review: This simple tomato sauce would work well as a warm dip for pita, part of a mezze spread, or as a great match for sliced cucumbers and onion, like a twist on a Greek salad. It's light and refreshing from the chopped dill and bright, sweet tomatoes, and just perfumed with ouzo. - Annie "Smalls"Annie "Smalls"

Serves 6

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 small shallots, sliced and rings separated
  • 1 handful fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ouzo
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped fresh dill for garnish
  1. Heat some olive oil in a large skilled over low heat. Add the halved cherry tomatoes with a pinch of salt and let soften, stirring often.
  2. Once the tomatoes are beginning to feel soft add the shallot slices and continue cooking and stirring until everything is soft, but not mushy.
  3. Turn the heat up slightly and add the ouzo, allowing the alcohol to cook off.
  4. Add the fresh dill and some cracked pepper and stir everything to coat.
  5. You may need less (or more, I suppose) of the cream, depending on how much liquid you have in the pan, so add it slowly, off the heat, stirring to blend.
  6. Garnish with some fresh chopped dill and serve immediately.
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Tags: cherry tomatoes, cream, dill, greek food, meze, ouzo

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

This sounds amazing, checker!

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about 3 years ago checker

Thank you!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

This sounds really inviting!

Checker

about 3 years ago checker

Thank you!

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about 3 years ago healthierkitchen

Sounds delicious! Believe it or not, I still haven't eaten at Cava - have bought their crazy feta and eaten at the fast food grill in Bethesda - but not at one of the restaurants. Now I can just roast up some shrimp and make this and stay home!

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about 3 years ago checker

I've only been a few times. And I'm always happier to stay home and cook it too!

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

There is a recipe in a cookbook of Greek mezes that I love very similar. It is a classic Greek meze. Sometimes I use raki instead of ouzo.

Checker

about 3 years ago checker

The tomato/anise combo is really great. I might have to try it with raki!

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

Yes! Tomatoes and licorice liquor plus dill is a perfect combination.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Fabulous checker, I have to make this. The ouzo is a wonderful addition. Love it!

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about 3 years ago checker

Thank you very much! In November I will marry into a large Greek family, so ouzo is becoming a major part of my life these days.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations! when I lived in Italy one of my favorite drinks was a shot glass of ouzo or sambuca with a coffee bean that was lit on fire. Opa!!!

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about 3 years ago checker

Oh, I have to try that!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

The coffee bean is heated and imparts a slight coffee flavor to the ouzo. Blow out the fire and enjoy. My grandfather and Father always had anisette in their espresso I guess thats the idea.

Checker

about 3 years ago checker

I just realized that I forgot to say - serve this with bread, for mopping! But then I suppose that goes without saying around here, doesn't it? (Grinning.)

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Oh yeah!

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about 3 years ago checker

Somehow I doubt that we will get the amazing, svelte figure that your beautiful daughter has from eating this but it will still taste good, right? ;)

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about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I suspect she could eat the serves 6 all by her lovely self, but for those of us who are normal, you have hit a serious nail on the head. Ouzo and tomatoes are a brilliant combination.

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about 3 years ago Niknud

This sounds amazingly fresh and bright - can't wait to try it!

Checker

about 3 years ago checker

Thank you, thank you!