“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
There is a range of sauces by Pronto Mama that are simply delicious, sadly they don’t appear to be available here in Natal. So when every baby tomato plant opted to ripen all-of-a-sardine I decided to attempt to replicate their Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes in a Spicy Vinaigrette with Rosemary.
The label clearly states what is used in the preparation but them dastardly devious folk refrain from telling you exactly what herbs and spices were used!
This is not a recipe as such, it’s just wot I done innit……
I sliced my cherry tomatoes in half, roughly chopped some red pepper, chucked in an unpeeled clove of garlic, drizzled everything with olive oil, sprinkled with sugar, salt and pepper and few tiny sprigs of rosemary.
Then I slowly roasted them for 2 hours @ 95c
(discard the blackened rosemary after cooking)
Next step was the vinaigrette, which as long as you stick to the base of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar you can add anything you like.
1/4 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp my homemade chilli jam or you could use fresh chilli (to your taste)
1 tsp honey
1 clove garlic cooked and crushed
1/4 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
Whisk everything together, season to taste and set aside.
Chop half a small onion and some olives.
Pack the cooked tomatoes, onion and olives into clean jars and top with the vinaigrette, cover with lids and leave to steep for a couple of weeks.
Did I achieve the same delightful taste of Pronto Mama? of course not, but I was very pleased with what evolved. It’s especially good on pizza or bruschetta, great as part of a mezze platter or with pasta, the uses are endless. Once you have used all the filling, the oil that remains makes a wonderful salad dressing.
I was not remunerated for writing this post in any way and I do hope the good people at Pronto Mama will forgive me for even thinking I could re-create their product……but you can’t blame a girl for trying!
I topped this Easy Cheese Slice with a dollop and it was really lekker (South African for really good)