Today I'm going to be raving on about sun-dried tomatoes, a topic that makes me smile. For quite a few years I used to make my own dried tomatoes, and I still have the food dehydrator to show for it. That was before my beloved Costco started carrying these enormous jars of award winning sun-dried tomatoes for a price that's so ridiculously low, I can't even remember it. (Edit - checked the price when I was at Costco and it's $7.39 for two pounds of sun-dried tomatoes!) The tomatoes come from Mooney Farms, a California company which also makes pesto, pasta sauce, and marinades featuring sun-dried tomatoes. If there's no Costco where you live, this same brand comes in smaller jars at my grocery store.
That jar is a whole lot of sun-dried tomatoes, but these will stay good in the refrigerator for months and months. They come packed in oil, but if you're squeamish about fat content, you can rinse the oil off with hot water. Sun-dried tomatoes are such a versatile ingredient that there are endless ways to use them. Here are two great recipes featuring sun-dried tomatoes that I've posted in the past. Check after the photos for some sun-dried tomato recipes from other food bloggers, then get yourself some sun-dried tomatoes!
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Baked Chicken Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Basil, and Goat Cheese was delicious. There's also a phase one version of this recipe.
This is amazingly delicious Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto spread on whole wheat pita. I just thawed out some of this which had been frozen since last summer, and it was awesome.
More Sun-Dried Tomato Delights:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach friendly, check ingredients.)
Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade from Andrea's Recipes
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus from Pinch My Salt
Asparagus and Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, and Basil from Lucullian Delights
Cheddar and Sun-Dried Tomato Muffins from French Kitchen in America
Mom's Summer Squash Recipe from Simply Recipes
Pasta with Shrimp, Peas, Artichoke Hearts, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from The Blog That Ate Manhattan
Arrabiatta Sauce from What's For Lunch Honey?
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