Delicious ripe tomatoes, fresh garlic and large basil leaves all picked from the garden for this recipe. Even my father loved this paleo makeover for a pasta alternative.
Fresh Fried Tomatoes with Zoodles
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- 1 kilo (2.20 lbs) of ripe organic tomatoes
- 5-10 cloves of garlic sliced in half
- 2 handfuls of basil
- 2 large pinches of dried oregano
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 Tbls sea salt
- 1/2 cup (125Mls) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 fresh chilli whole
- 1 cube of frozen homemade chicken stock (optional)
- 6-8 zucchini
- In a large bowl add tomatoes and warm water (this will ensure the skin will peel easier). Cut the stem (top) off and peel the skin with a paring knife then slice each tomato in half and squeeze the juice out of them, cut into small pieces and place them in a separate bowl.
- Heat oil in a fry pan making sure to cover the whole base of pan. Fry the garlic, 1/2 of the basil leaves and oregano until they are crispy and light brown.
- Add the tomatoes and salt, stir. Stir in pepper, chilli, stock cube(optional) and rest of the basil leaves and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer until sauce reduces and thickens. About 15-30 minutes depending on how much water is in the tomatoes naturally.
- Meanwhile prepare the zucchini by washing, top and tailing them. I used my new vegetable spiraliser. But I have used my julienne peeler. Hold the zucchini from the top and peel in a downwards motion. Peel until you start to see the seeds, then turn around and do the same on the other sides. Julienne/spiral all the flesh from the zucchini creating thin noodles. Place in a colander and toss zucchini with salt and let stand with a plate underneath for 15-20 mins then rinse well. Knead the zoodles to remove as much liquid as possible.
- Once sauce is thickened and seasoned well add the zoodles to the pan and combine all those nice flavours together and simmer for 5-10 min until zucchini is at desired tenderness. If the zucchini starts to produce alot of water just let the sauce simmer on medium heat until the sauce has reduced enough.
- I guarantee you, once served it wont last long.
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