Thursday, November 7, 2013

Notomato Sauce!

May I introduce to you one of the best things that has ever happened to me? It is called notomato sauce.

Yeah, that's right. It is a tomato sauce without tomatoes. And it tastes amazing! Since I am allergic to tomatoes, I cannot have spaghetti, enchiladas, pizza, tomato soup, chicken parmesan.... The list goes on and on. Now with this notomato sauce, I can enjoy all the things I have been denied for so long. I am not promising you that this sauce will taste exactly like tomatoes (I don't know if it does or not. What do tomatoes taste like? I don't remember.), but it sure is good. I would eat the sauce plain if I did not want to save it for the recipes.

Notomato Sauce
makes 6 cups
3 cups water
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
4 large carrots, peeled and cubed
1 cup beets, sliced
¾ cup bell pepper, sliced
1 cup red onion, sliced
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
Using a large sauce pan, sauté the onions and peppers over medium heat in the oil. Once they are golden brown, pour the water along with the rest of the vegetables into the pan. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, and allow the mixture to cool. Blend until the sauce reaches a smooth consistency. Season and use in any recipe calling for tomato sauce.

To make this sauce into pizza or marinara sauce, just mix 1 tsp of Italian seasoning per cup into it. It's great for dipping mozzarella cheese sticks into. (Not to say that these mozzarella sticks are not great on their own.)

baked mozzarella sticks (1)

Baked Mozzarella Sticks
makes 8
4 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp bread crumbs
½ tsp Italian seasonings

Cut the cheese sticks in half and freeze. Place 1 tablespoon of flour into a small dish. Mix the egg and water in another dish, and the bread crumbs and seasonings in a third. Coat each cheese stick in flour, dip them into the egg mixture, and then roll them in the bread crumbs. Arrange the mozzarella sticks on a nonstick baking stone. Bake for 10-12 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees, turning them halfway into the cooking time. Serve with notomato marinara sauce (above).

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