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Greatest Tomatoes From Europe – Quick Dish

Set your table folks because this is one of the best recipes of all using preserved tomatoes! Actually, it is a very old recipe of mine, culled from my extensive repertoire that I just had to share with you. I can’t tell you how may times it has saved me when I got home late from work and I needed something quick to fix for supper.

Always try to keep several cans of tomatoes in your kitchen cabinet. I think the most-loved and most-used canned products are the classic chopped tomatoes, at least for me. Chopped tomatoes make an excellent base for quick recipes like this—their freshness and slight acidity providing a great balance not only in this one, but in many dishes.

Quick, easy and delicious, pasta dishes are welcoming, filling and warming, and when combined with preserved tomatoes make a perfect weeknight supper!


Europe’s Luscious Canned Tomatoes are Coming to see YOU, San Francisco!

Fresh California Tomatoes are the best, but off season, the only way to get that farm to table freshness and flavor is through the “Greatest Tomatoes from Europe!” A can of European tomatoes is a Culinary Treasure in your Kitchen! A must have when cooking delicious soups, sauces and dishes in your slow cooker.

In celebration of our participation at the Winter Fancy Food Show, The GTFE team invites you to join us on a culinary journey to see and taste what our chefs can cook up with these delicious, sun kissed tomatoes. Enjoy our daily Cooking sessions!


Zucchini and Tomatoes over Bulgur with Garlicky Yogurt

When fresh tomatoes are not available, like in the wintertime, a good can of tomatoes preserving their quality and genuineness is always great to have on hand, stashed in your kitchen cabinet.

Tomatoes never fail to amaze with their notable nutritional qualities: low in sugars and fats but rich in mineral salts, Vitamins A and C and precious antioxidants such as lycopene, which is easily absorbed by the human body. Tomatoes with  their unique taste and versatility are an intrinsic part of the Mediterranean diet which has been recognized worldwide as one of the healthiest in the world.

Today’s post recipe features canned chopped tomatoes and just a bit of tomato paste. While it takes about an hour to complete the dish, prep time is only about 15 minutes. It is one of my favorite vegetable and grain combinations , and I usually serve it with toasted pita triangles. The yogurt sauce is enriched with the taste of dill and mint and also makes a wonderful dipping sauce for carrot and celery sticks and olives.


Lamb and Butternut Squash Ragu with Mint, Orange, and The Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

Whole canned cherry tomatoes in their juices from Europe make this pasta dish even more of a treat.

Ancient landmarks, breathtaking artworks, artisan foodstuffs perfected over generations, and the intricate fashions crafted by Prada, Dior and Givenchy.

Those are some of the things I most love about Europe.

Now, comes the newest addition to my list: canned tomatoes.

Yes, really.

I never thought I’d get that excited over such a basic pantry staple until the Italian Association of Canned Vegetable Industries and European Union founded the marketing program, The Greatest Tomatoes From Europe, to spread the word far and wide about its canned tomatoes. As part of the program, they began sending out free samples to food writers like myself to give them a try.


Tomato and candied ginger jam

Ta-da, and welcome to my very successful attempt to bring the warm days of summer straight up into the dead of winter via tomato jam.

Most folks don’t think of tomatoes as being good candidates for jam, but these are after all berries—we’re just used to finding them in savory dishes, is all.

You certainly can use fresh tomatoes here, but good canned tomatoes are a couple million times easier, since then you won’t need to peel them. Plus, a really tasty canned tomato will be full-flavored, so most of the guesswork will be tossed out of the equation, too.


New Year, New Resolutions: Simmered Cod in Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Olives

My resolutions this year are similar to previous years: get fit, drink more water, see friends more often, and be a better person. Along with getting fit — a resolution that was always difficult when I was writing for Zagat — was to cook more at home. Now that my time with Zagat is over, I’ve rediscovered my love of cooking!


Cottage Comforts – Tomato Cookery at its Finest

Cottage Comforts – Tomato Cookery at its Finest

This is the 3rd post in the series “Greatest Tomatoes From Europe” campaign highlighting preserved tomatoes as part of the rich and varied European cultural culinary heritage… 

It is impossible to imagine Italian cooking without tomatoes, which seem to be the vital ingredient in nearly every recipe. It has been said that tomato red is the color of summer and well-being, a positive energy that accumulates when ripening in the Mediterranean sun, to burst with energy in terms of texture and flavor in a dish. No other food seems to bring such comfort and reassurance as the tomato, all the while doing you good. And when fresh tomatoes are not available, such as in winter, a good can of preserved tomatoes fits the bill for quality and genuineness and a must to have on hand in your kitchen!


Greatest Tomatoes From Europe – The Art of Perfection Preserved for All Tastes

Greatest Tomatoes From Europe – The Art of Perfection, Preserved for All Tastes

This is the second blog post in the series “Greatest Tomatoes From Europe” campaign highlighting canned tomatoes as part of the rich and varied European cultural culinary heritage…

I think tomatoes are the most loved of foods and lend themselves to infinite options. Canned tomatoes today in particular are a most-loved and most-used choice, suitable for many different recipes. Of course, each type of canned tomato has its own personality, which in turn encourages the cook to experiment with new ideas.


Why You Should be Using Canned Tomatoes from Europe for Your Christmas Dinner

Earlier this year, I read Real Food, Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmsted and it really opened my eyes to how little and how much labeling matters in the USA. So many words used on packaged goods like “All Natural” and “Healthy” mean absolutely nothing. A ton of the seafood sold in this country is complete and total lies, from its listed country of origin to its actual species. And don’t even get me started on how deceptive wine labels are in this country!


Fish in Tomato Sauce (Quick and Easy) with Pasta

Fish in tomato sauce is so quick and easy to make and although I’ve served it with pasta, it’s a dish that can stand on its own. It can be served for Christmas Eve, too.

When you discover something good, do you want to share it with everyone?

Disclosure: I received 2 cans of Davia tomato sauce and some Pastificio G. di Martino pasta to try from The Greatest Tomatoes from Europe.

For me, it depends on what it is, but when it comes to food, there’s no need to even think about it. I want everyone to taste my latest culinary discoveries! Today, it’s Davia tomatoes–pomodorini–to be exact, one of the Greatest Tomatoes from Europe.


Tis the Season for Tomatoes!

Season’s Greetings from “The Greatest Tomatoes from Europe” team! “Greatest Tomatoes from Europe” is not a specific BRAND but the slogan of a campaign co-financed by the European Commission promoting preserved (canned) tomatoes 100% Made in Europe. Known for their Rich Flavor, Tradition and Quality.


Eating European Tomatoes with The Tomato Sisters

It’s 8:41 am. I am eating lukewarm Kung Pao Beef. Is this breakfast? Early lunch? I’m not really sure.

I am exhausted. My husband has been unwell. There’s been a lot of lifting. A great deal of laundry. And not much sleep.

The clothes dryer died. So did the van lift. My husband claims the bathroom lift is acting up, but I haven’t seen this myself.

Christmas? I haven’t bought gifts, baked cookies, or acquired a tree. I’d just as soon cancel the whole damned holiday.


The best Shakshuka Recipe

This one is for you! Yes, you. Even though I have made lots of unique twists on shakshuka from green shakshuka to shakshuka puttanesca, I get requests for classic shakshuka almost weekly! So I finally wrote out the recipe for y’all. Maybe it’s bold to call this the best shakshuka recipe, but I have made shakshuka a lot, so I’ve tried tons of different variations! Here are all my secrets so you too can make the best shakshuka recipe ever.


Tomato-Pesto Frittata and the Greatest Tomatoes from Europe

Why is this the perfect time of year for a Tomato-Pesto Frittata? It’s impressive, it’s easy, and it’s made to satisfy a crowd.

So then what makes this frittata so special? The right tomatoes, of course. (And as the Jolly Tomato, we know our tomatoes.) For all of our canned and jarred tomatoes, we’re choosing The Greatest Tomatoes from Europe.


Pantry Pasta Pomodorini Recipe

I’m a big believer in a well-stocked pantry. I could probably cook everyday for a month without shopping thanks to my pantry full of beans, pasta, rice, condiments, jars of anchovies, cans of tuna, along with fresh onions, garlic and potatoes. I also have tomato paste, canned whole, diced, fire-roasted tomatoes and cherry tomatoes from Italy. I believe you can never have too many cans of tomatoes or too much pasta. No one will ever go hungry in my house.


Sun-Kissed Sweetness – European Preserved Tomatoes

I think everyone would agree that, as with all great culinary art, less is more. It does not matter in what form, raw or cooked, the humble tomato brings a sweet, slightly tangy flavor to so many dishes that it has become one of the strongest and most unifying symbols in any contemporary diet. I remain convinced I will never taste a more intensely-flavored fruit than a ripe tomato—to me tomatoes mean amore at first bite!


Pomodoro, un’eccellenza da tre miliardi di euro l’anno.

Tanto valgono le 5 milioni di tonnellate di pomodori trasformati in Italia. All’assemblea dell’Anicav, ieri a Napoli, anche il ministro delle Politiche agricole Teresa Bellanova.


Tomatoes Aren’t Just for Dinner Anymore. Eat Tomatoes for Dessert!

Move over chocolate, there’s a new sweet contender seducing our taste buds! When we think of preserved tomatoes, images of pasta sauce, soups, chile and salsas come to mind. Now, fancy Tomatoes for Dessert, yes, tomatoes! They make for fantastic sweet delicacies from Tomato Sorbetto and Jams to a fantastic Tomato Cheesecake. Below you’ll find a scrumptious recipe to sink your teeth into provided by ANICAV – the Italian Association of Canned Tomatoes Producers – representing the world’s finest European preserved (canned) tomatoes grown under the Mediterranean sun and produced in Italy by time-honored methods.


Warm your Belly with these 5 European Tomato Recipes

Searching for flavorful ways to stay warm and keep your friends and family happy this season? Look no further than that culinary treasure in your cupboard, a can of European tomatoes. Your chili will taste that much better with our Greatest Tomatoes from Europe! Your stews will create smiles and your guests will go home satisfied beyond your wildest dreams.


Fusilli with Pumpkin and Sausage and the Greatest Tomatoes From Europe

Fusilli with pumpkin and sausage is a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for cooler weather weeknights! Just be sure to use the best quality ingredients, including the greatest tomatoes from Europe!


Tomato Cheesecake and the Greatest Tomatoes from Europe

Do we love cooking with tomatoes? Well, it’s right there in the name, isn’t it? And we especially love sweet recipes with tomatoes, like this luscious tomato cheesecake.

Tomato cheesecake? Yes! If you don’t think of tomatoes as something you would put in a dessert, think again. Tomatoes are naturally sweet (they’re a fruit, really). And they’re just as juicy and delicious as any other fruit you add to desserts, so they’re a natural fit.



Authentic (Quick) Italian Tomato Sauce for Pasta

This authentic Italian tomato sauce is so quick, and easy to make that it’s ready before the pasta is finished cooking! Read the reviews; when you make this once, you’ll never go back to those inauthentic, sugar-filled jar sauces. Buon appetito!


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