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I'm making the eggplant parm from this site. Do the tomatoes need to be San Marzano?

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asked by CMTerp about 5 years ago
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Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 5 years ago

They don't have to be San Marzano, sometimes its specified because they are such high quality and make an excellent sauce. If you cannot find them you can use canned plum tomatoes it will work just fine.

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added about 5 years ago

Probably not. I heard Lynn Kasper (The Splendid Table) once say that often canned tomatoes that claim to be from San Marzano often aren't. I wouldn't worry too much about your choice of tomatoes. I also remember a Consumer Reports blind taste test that chose Redpack as a the best.

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AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added about 5 years ago

I've made this several times and never with San Marzanos. It was perfectly delicious! It may be better with San Marzanos, but I would not worry about it for a minute if you don't have or can't get them. ;o)