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What do you do with canned stewed tomatoes?

I haven't ever cooked anything with stewed tomatoes from the can. How do people use them?

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  1. It's a classic pairing with mac and cheese. Really, I've never used them in a recipe because I've not felt comfortable substituting them for canned tomatoes due to the sweetnes, but I'm sure that there are great recipes using them. I just use them as a side dish. Where I grew up, they were always offered as a side choice.

        1. re: chemchef

          I always add a can to my beef stew.

        2. Throw them out ... just kidding. Watch the salt content when cooking.

          In a pinch, I add them to my chili pot, tomato sauce for pasta. My dad used to love them just heated up in a pot as a vegetable side. (not my favorite).

          My grandmother used to make this poggie dinner with CST's. Cook Kraft Dinner macaroni and drain well. Spray a square glass baking or casarole dish and cover bottom with pasta. Top with celery, onion, (I add mushrooms). Drain and add CST and then sprinkle breadcrumbs and KD cheese and dabs of butter on top. Bake at 350F until hot and top is brown. Serve hot with a salad or side veg of some sort.

          1. sometime I like to cook stewed tomatoes with some spinach, garlic and seasoning, then just before serving it, I'll drop an egg or two on top and let it cook till the yolk is still a little runny and eat it with some crusty bread.

            1. I would agree with the taking the walk to the trash can with them, except they can't be beat for nostalgia or a late breakfast with a headache. I like them with H&H baked beans and fried eggs and bacon and thick bread that has been toasted and slathered with butter. fayefood.com

              1. Brown Italian sausage, add sliced onions, garlic, green and red peppers, season with anise seed, basil, parsley, add the canned stewed tomatoes and simmer till slightly reduced and serve over angel hair pasta.

                1. believe it or not, they taste great simmered with fresh green beans, garlic, olive oil, some oregano, and s&p. My grandmother makes this dish in the summer when she can get fresh green beans or fresh tomatos (that she cans). I am guessing you can use a can of stewed tomatos instead

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                  1. re: bitsubeats

                    I do the same thing but with lima beans (the big ones). Simmer with olive oil and garlic, spinkled with pecorino at the end. The lima beans absorb the sauce and kind of puff up. So good. The other way I eat them is to heat them up and pour the whole thing over a cheddar cheese omelette. It's kind of a mess and may fall under that category of things you eat alone in your house.

                  2. If you're talking about regular 28 oz. canned tomatoes, give this a whirl: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                    I process it after it's cooled and use it as a pizza sauce. Adapt the recipe to suit your personal tastes, but I really like this overall approach... nuking the tomatoes under the broiler for a bit just does something that makes it tasty... guess it caramelizes them or something.

                    1. Use leftover buttermilk biscuits: Heat canned tomatoes with about a tablespoon of butter. Add about 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, crumble in the biscuits and cook to desired consistency. You can use any canned whole tomatoes or stewed tomatoes with this procedure. Might work with diced tomatoes also, but I'm not sure. I just like to fix stewed tomatoes this way. Serve as a side. I'm vegetarian, so I like to have 4 or 5 different veggies for dinner. Suggested menu: stewed tomatoes, corn pudding, green beans, & a baked sweet potato with butter and brown sugar.

                      1. tomatoes and okra over rice

                        1. I use whenever I want a light sauce (no heavy puree} chicken,shellfish ,fava or other beans or vegetables etc. Basil ,garlic,and onion are also added

                          1. Mostly in beef barley soup. That's what Mom used.

                            1. I spoon a can on top of my meatloaf before I put it in the oven.