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Shockingly Sweet Stewed Tomatoes

Shockingly Sweet Stewed Tomatoes created by 2Bleu

Adapted from Real American Food by Jane and Michael Stern (Alfred Knopf, 1986). Copyright 1986 by Jane and Michael Stern, and found at thesplendidtable.com. I like to serve this sweet/tart side dish with a plain, grilled meat, and a green salad. I personally add less sugar - closer to 1/2 of a cup, but wanted to submit the recipe in its original form.

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  • Place tomatoes in a large saucepan. Tear toast into about 4 pieces per slice; add to tomatoes. Add butter and sugar. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.
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"Adapted from Real American Food by Jane and Michael Stern (Alfred Knopf, 1986). Copyright 1986 by Jane and Michael Stern, and found at thesplendidtable.com. I like to serve this sweet/tart side dish with a plain, grilled meat, and a green salad. I personally add less sugar - closer to 1/2 of a cup, but wanted to submit the recipe in its original form."
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  1. idadevine
    This is the the late, great southern restauranteur Hap Townes' recipe. Simple, inexpensive ingredients elevated and enriched by lots of butter and white bread. If you remember that tomatoes are fruits,and not vegetables, the amount of sugar may make a little more sense. Honest food for hardworking people. These tomatoes go well with ham or fried pork chops and macaroni and cheese. And if you really want to treat yourself, look up Nashville legend Hap Townes' stewed raisins recipe. That's how you kick it old school southern style!
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  2. Joscelin
    I respectfully, but heartily disagree with the previous review. I used fresh tomatoes, including some cherry tomatoes. I DID add a pinch of salt, because we like salt in our household. We found this warming and tasty. A nice addition to our 'comfort food' files for chilly evenings.
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  3. 2Bleu
    Shockingly Sweet Stewed Tomatoes Created by 2Bleu
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  4. 2Bleu
    The name says it all... WOW is this SWEET!!! I doubled the amount of tomatoes (I used fresh) and all we tasted was simple syrup with a hint of tomato flavor. I have jarred it and when we want stewed tomatoes, I will add about 1/2 cup of this to some chopped tomatoes for flavoring and hopefully that will tone it down. It's all I can think of to save the double batch I made using just 1 cup of sugar. Evelyn, we love many of your posted recipes, but this one just didn't make the cut. Sorry :(
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  5. evelynathens
    Adapted from Real American Food by Jane and Michael Stern (Alfred Knopf, 1986). Copyright 1986 by Jane and Michael Stern, and found at thesplendidtable.com. I like to serve this sweet/tart side dish with a plain, grilled meat, and a green salad. I personally add less sugar - closer to 1/2 of a cup, but wanted to submit the recipe in its original form.
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