Five Spice Tomato Jam

By • August 23, 2010 • 5 Comments



Author Notes: About a year ago I was dealing with a massive amount of tomatoes and basil from a friend's garden. I was about to start on my sauce when I heard "Chef Academy" in the background and Jean Cristophe Novelli teaching his grandmother's recipe for tomato sauce. I attempted to replicate his recipe with the ingredients I had on hand and ended up using Chinese five spice in place of his star anise and came to the conclusion that I loved five spice tomato sauce. I make big batches of it and use it as a sauce for: chicken, fish, noodles, vegetables, tempeh, on sandwiches, to poach eggs, to flavor beans, as a cold dip or just a spoonful on it's own.EdMac

Serves 1 quart

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 pounds tomatoes (any kind you have) cored and halved
  • 6 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 bunch Basil, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of a large saucepan with olive oil and bring to medium high heat. Add tomatoes cut side down.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 20 minutes
  3. Using a hand masher, mash tomatoes. Add five spice, honey, crushed red pepper, garlic and vanilla extract.
  4. Lower heat and let simmer uncovered for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Add the chopped basil and simmer for approx. 20 minutes until it has the consistency of thick jam. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Tags: spicy, Versatile

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Meathook

almost 4 years ago Brenna

Catsup! Yes. EdMac, your condiments truly are the best. Trust me. I know.

Meathook

almost 4 years ago Brenna

I think I will let puree this, let it get really thick, and then call it "The World's Best Ketchup--Trust Me I Know".

Meathook

almost 4 years ago Brenna

Minus the let.

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almost 4 years ago EdMac

I like it. I think that I'll puree then thicken and call it "The World's Best Catsup--Brenna Really Knows"

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almost 4 years ago Cookiequeen

This tomato sauce is so amazing and unexpected. The flavor is unlike anything I have tried before. I used it last night as a base for a vegetable stew and it was fantastic. The five spice really comes through without being too hot, arabiatta style. Next I will use it to spice up my (non-recalled) eggs!