Homemade Stewed Tomatoes in the Pressure Cooker (stovetop option, too!)

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by JL Fields on November 20, 2012

Wow you sure are loving the Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes Pinterest Board! There are many, many new recipes on the board so be sure to keep checking.

Last week I had several tomatoes that needed to be used up ASAP.  Fortunately, I also needed to make a new bean dish with tomatoes for the book so I used it as an opportnity to get creative with my pressure cooker. The results were outstanding!  This  would be terrific to use in a stuffed squash or black-eyed pea recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Stewed Tomatoes

by JL Fields @ JL goes Vegan

Ingredients 

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely diced
  • 3/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 4 1/2 cups tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil (dry)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (reduce to 1/2 teaspoon if you prefer less spicy)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

I used the entire tomato, peel and all. If you want to remove the peel, place the tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute and then immediately transfer to cold water. Peel and quarter.

For the Pressure Cooker

  1. Heat olive oil in an uncovered pressure cooker on medium-high.
  2. Add onion, garlic and green pepper and saute for five minutes.
  3. Add tomato, basil, oregano, pepper flakes, salt, sugar and water to the pressure cooker and stir.
  4. Lock the pressure cooker in place and bring to pressure.
  5. Reduce heat to maintain pressure (allow the jiggly top to gently rock back and forth).
  6. Cook at pressure for 15 minutes.
  7. Quick release the pressure (carry the pressure cooker to the sink run cold water over the lid – avoiding the valve – tilted at a slight angle).

If you do not have a pressure cooker, try this on the stove

  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium-high.
  2. Add onion, garlic and green pepper and saute for five minutes.
  3. Add tomato, basil, oregano, pepper flakes, salt, sugar and water to the pan and stir.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

YIELD:  4 CUPS

I used the stewed tomatoes in this dish…

…which is currently being tested for the book.

I can tell you now, however, that my omnivore husband says it’s one of the best things I have ever made.  I shall credit the stewed tomatoes.

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