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Feb 6, 2008 06:10 AM

Stewed Tomatoes

When I was a kid, my already-thin mother was constantly on the Scarsdale diet. As a result, we always had plenty of protein bread (?), grapefruit and stewed tomoatoes. I don't even know if protein bread still exists, but I still love grapefruit and stewed tomoatoes. I have all sorts of things I do to doctor up cans of stewed tomoatoes. Usually adding an Italian or Mexican angle. I'm almost embarrassed to include recipes because my husband thinks it's totally bizarre but I find them incredibly versatile a tasty. Does anyone else ever eat stewed tomatoes and if so, how are you eating them?

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  1. It's been ages since I used stewed tomatoes in a recipe, but I have used them. Typically, I've used them in dishes with chicken quarters, some vegs, herbs, stock, etc., a stew-y kind of dish.

    1. omg, my mom canned tomatoes in the summer and invariably in the winter, a dish of stewed tomatoes accompanied dinner. I absolutely hated them, and now crave them. I put sauteed yellow squash slices in mine.

      1. So strange that you posted this since I just got home from a regular market because I was craving some "canned" stewed tomatos.
        I get two cans, add a can of salsa verde...put on med heat till it's simmering and crack 2 eggs to poach in the yummy, juicey, tomato-y goodness.
        I'm about to slice up some avocado and green onions and eat it all up...yum!

        I also:
        get 2 cans, a pack of frozen lima bean, a pack of frozen corn, and make a succotash-y type of thing that I also poach an aegg or two in....right when the eggs are just about getting to 1/2 set, I'll put some asparagus stalks on top and cover with a lid and remove from heat while I toast up some grainey-bready thingie, then serve it all up...sooo good!

        1. I’ve run across a couple of places here in NJ that serve mac and cheese topped with stewed tomatoes. I understand that it was a depression era dish and considered to be a comfort food to many. I’ve tried it and it’s a pretty good combination. I mean what’s not to like about tomatoes, cheese and macaroni? When you mix them together on your plate, the tomato juice thins out and flavors the cheese. I’m glad you brought this up. I was wondering what to have tonight. I think I have a can on the shelf and a box of Kraft original in the pantry.

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          1. re: TomDel

            Well I'm glad I wasn't alone! I'll now admit I frequently add frozen corn and some kind of hot sauce, heat it up and sprinkle with sharp cheddar! Or leftover grilled vegetables which are usually zucchini and mushrooms. I've also added them to cheese omelets.

          2. I use them when making chili. As kids we sometimes ate them heated up with crushed saltines sprinkled over. Please, share some of your recipes!

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            1. re: fern

              I often use them instead of diced tomatoes in dishes... I crush them with my hands. My husband doesn't like "chunky" tomatoes in a sauce, but he doesn't seem to mind the stewed! I agree there's something comforting about them.