This was a very good Tasty Tidbits Tuesday – we just finished dinner and it was delicious and as my husband put it “very interesting, very unusual and it tastes delicious too and I’ve never tasted anything like it”.
Last night Angela and Seth joined us for some wine and apps on the porch. It was a warm evening and since it’s getting dark so early these days, we scattered candles all around giving the porch a soft and inviting atmosphere. We sat and talked for quite some time drinking most of the bottle of Malbec they brought. Angela brought us a bag of Heirloom cherry tomatoes that one of her customers from the bakery brought her! It was an Ocean Grove food chain lol. Turns out Angela is not really fond of tomatoes, there’s something about the consistency that she doesn’t like – all the better for me who LOVES tomatoes, JERSEY TOMATOES and even better FREE JERSEY HEIRLOOM TOMATOES.
I popped a few in my mouth, God they were like candy and there were a lot. I started to think about what I could make with them. This morning I saw just how many tomatoes there were and decided to leave some on Michael’ s porch (hope he found them when he got home tonight) and left some watermelon on Angela’s porch – the food chain continues….
Tonight I made Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel Sauce with linguine, well actually half linguine and half whole grain spaghetti. It was so good, I plan to make it again soon.
1 Fennel bulb cut up
2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, half of them halved ( I gave away too many, so I chopped up half of medium tomato)
1/4 cup white wine
3 TBS olive oil
5 sprigs of Thyme (I didn’t have any, so I used dried thyme leaves )
pinch of sugar* (I didn’t use any, the tomatoes were sweet enough)
Coarse salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
In a 9″ x 13″ baking dish, toss together the fennel, tomatoes, wine, oil and thyme. Add a pinch of sugar and season with salt and pepper.
Bake, stirring occasionally until fennel softens and pan juices thicken, 35-40 minutes, maybe less.
I reserved a full cup of the pasta water and used it to create the sauce. I didn’t have a lot of pan juices and some of it burned along the edges of the pan.
Toss pasta with sauce and sprinkle with grated Parmesan
Recipe from Martha Stewart’s Every Day Food – November 2009