Warm Cherry or Grape Tomato and Garlic Relish

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"I don't know whether to call this a relish, or a warm salsa. It is very similar to my fresh tomato sauce recipe; but, this is cooked very quickly, and you really don't want to create a sauce. It is so quick and easy to prepare, it's perfect for a weeknight dinner. Great on pasta, which is what I love; ravioli and tortellini especially. Grilled seafood, chicken, pork, or beef are also delicious. And, perfect for a side or appetizer on toasted baguettes. It literally takes 5 minutes. But, make sure you have fresh herbs; that, is really what makes this simple dish 'extra special.' I like grape tomatoes since they are a bit smaller then cherry tomatoes, and a bit sweeter; but, they both work just as good. However, a 'larger' tomato doesn't work well with this dish; they produce too much liquid, which is what you don't want."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (112.5 g)
  • Calories 80.6
  • Total Fat - 5.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.5 mg
  • Sodium - 89.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 2 g
  • Protein - 1.4 g
  • Calcium - 16.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Relish ... Add the olive oil and (optional) red pepper flakes to a saute pan, and bring to medium-medium high heat. Add the tomatoes, garlic, all purpose seasoning, and a pinch of both salt and pepper; and cook just a minute, stirring to combine all the ingredients. Then, add the wine; and, continue to cook about 4-5 minutes on medium-high heat, just until the tomatoes start to break down, and most of the wine has evaporated. Make sure to continue stirring.

Step 2

Finish ... Remove from the heat, add the fresh herbs; and, season once again with salt and pepper. DONE!

Step 3

Serve and ENJOY! ... As I mentioned, This is such a nice alternative to a heavy tomato sauce on pasta. But, also, equally as good on seafood, pork, chicken, or beef. And, it is delicious on toasted baguettes. I like to serve this warm; however, it is just as good served room temperature.

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