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November Recipe: Savory Green Tomato Sauce

Date: November 30, 2016 - categories: , - Leave your thoughts

Every year as fall moves towards winter, I play with ways to use up our summer garden’s last gift, those green tomatoes. For Thanksgiving this year, a green tomatoes/peppers sauce was on the table as a turkey condiment.
Here’s how to make the sauce.

Savory Green Tomato Sauce


  • green tomatoes (and a few red ones if you have them)
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 3 – 4 celery stalks
  • balsamic vinegar
  • a medium-sized onion
  • green olives – about 1/2 c
  • Extra-virgin olive oil q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)
  • salt, pepper q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)
  • optional – sugar

Wash all the green tomatoes and also any left which are on the red side. Separate the two. (I had about 4 c. this year). Dice the tomatoes.




Dice celery and dice white onion.


Dice, too, bell pepper and olives.


Cover stainless steel frying pan with olive oil. Heat – but do not burn – and slide in diced onions and celery. Simmer a few minutes.


Add diced bell peppers and simmer a few more minutes until peppers soften a bit.


Add diced green tomatoes and olives and simmer until tomatoes soften a bit. Then add red tomatoes.




Stir gently as mixture cooks. When tomatoes are nearly soft, add about a splash or two of balsamic (to taste) and simmer until balsamic cooks down. Salt and pepper as needed. If needed, add a bit of sugar to cut down on acidity.




Buon appetito!
Note: this sauce is tasty on sharp cheeses, roasted pork chops, roast beef, grilled salmon…and not only. Experiment. Enjoy.

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