Tomato Jam is a simple appetizer recipe that can be used for any occasion! Serve it up while watching the game, cocktails with friends or the holidays! It will be the hit of the party!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hunt’s Tomatoes. The opinions and text are all mine.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks! I’ve only been home about 7 days spread out over the last few months. This is new to me but it’s been a lot of fun! I’ve been out in Florida, California with my family, Hawaii, Phoenix, and New York! I’ll be telling you all about my travels in the next few weeks but I wanted to start with my trip to New York. I was out there as part of my new partnership with Hunt’s! I’m so excited to share the big news with you all! I love Hunt’s Tomatoes and can’t wait to share all the recipes with you all over the next few months!
I was out in New York for a dinner event at the Tasting Table kitchen. It was a lot of fun and absolutely delicious! I met with a few other bloggers that will be working with Hunt’s tomatoes as well. They’re all great! Make sure that you’re following along with the hashtag #HuntsDifference to see all the yummy recipes and photos from our trip or follow Hunt’s tomatoes on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!
The space at The Tasting Table was gorgeous! It was a plain door with a buzzer to be let in. We climbed the steps up to the second floor and then there it was! There were exposed brick walls, wood floors, a table I’d love to have and a gorgeous kitchen in the back!
We started the night with a signature cocktail called, Royal Whites. It was very tasty! It had just enough sweetness to be a cocktail that most people would enjoy without being too sweet.
Next were the appetizers. My favorites were these Lamb Meatballs. They tasted very similar to the Kibbeh the Lebanese side of my family makes. They were served with a yogurt sauce on top and just the perfect little bites. I could have sat there all night and eaten them.
Before we sat down to dinner we were invited into the kitchen by the chef to watch a quick demonstration of how we could steam our tomatoes at home using a process similar to the FlashSteam™ method Hunt’s uses to peel it’s tomatoes! It’s similar to the method cooks use to peel their tomatoes at home! That’s just one of the reasons I’ve been such a big Hunt’s fan! They’re the only canned tomato using this process and it makes me feel good serving them to my family. We make our marinara sauce from scratch at home and I love starting with Hunt’s tomatoes because they’re prepared just like I would!
Dinner was four courses of amazing and it ended with a cheese plate for dessert. I was in Heaven you guys! It was whipped brie and tomato jam with triangles of toast. I’m nuts about brie so I was excited to try it. I have to admit I’d never had a tomato jam before but I’m so glad I have now!!! It was a sweet jam that was perfect with the brie and toast. I knew from my very first bite I had to figure this out for myself.
When I got home I started my research on tomato jam. The recipes all started with steam peeled tomatoes, so I knew I was going to be using Hunt’s Whole Peeled Tomatoes. After that the recipe is really simple. The range of sugar people use in tomato jam varies. I made mine with 1 cup and couldn’t image using more. I think if you wanted a little less sweet you could easily do 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of sugar.
I pulled out a round of brie and baked it off until it was warm, melty and amazing! I put it on my serving plate and topped it with all the tomato jam. I love having extra on there so people can scoop up as much as they like. I surrounded the cheese with buttered toast that I sliced in half and served it up. You guys this was so good my husband nearly ate it all himself!
I’ll be making this during football season, and all the holiday parties coming up fast! I can’t believe we’re already almost into the holiday season! I added some jalapeño to mine and the colors would be great for Christmas parties too! OK guys! Hurry up, grab your Hunt’s Tomatoes and get to work making Tomato Jam!
- heat a large saucepan over medium low heat
- melt butter in saucepan and add onions
- stir onions occasionally for roughly 3 to 5 minutes
- add in 1/4 cup of water and allow to cook another 3 to 5 minutes, until water is gone and onions thicken
- add in remaining water and repeat the process cooking another 3 to 5 minutes
- stir in the tomatoes, jalapeno, sugar, salt and pepper
- stir often until liquid is cooked off and tomatoes have thickened into a jam texture
- remove from heat and store in a jar with an airtight lid
To serve over baked brie
- preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- place parchment paper on a baking sheet
- lay brie round in the center of the baking sheet and place into oven
- allow to bake for 5-7 minutes
- remove from oven and using a spatula, place on the center of a serving plate
- spoon the tomato jam on top of the brie and surround it with toast or crackers