Unique and delicious tomato jam

May 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Looking for a little something to liven up your next meal? Executive chef and owner of Aziza Restaurant in San Francisco, Mourad Lahlou, shares his recipe for tomato jam.

Moroccan Spiced Tomato Jam

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, or other ripe, flavorful cherry tomatoes, stemmed
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, ends removed, halved lengthwise and sliced thin, with seeds removed
  • 1/3 pound fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted cumin seed, ground
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Several scrapings of whole nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)

Instructions:

Put cherry tomatoes whole in a saucepan. Add both sugars and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemons and 1 cup water and bring to a simmer.

In a blender, puree the ginger and vinegar. Add to the tomatoes, along with the cumin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Simmer briskly until mixture is thick, dark and flavorful and reduced to about 5 cups, about 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and a generous amount of black pepper. Let cool. Stir in orange blossom water, if using.

Aziza Restaurant
www.aziza-sf.com
5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 752-2222

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