Sun-dried tomatoes as a pantry staple
Typically, people think of sun-dried tomatoes as a specialty item used on occasion. However, I like to think of them as a versatile staple ingredient that I keep stocked in my pantry. I typically use them as the main ingredient for a dish or simply as a condiment. You will see them in several recipes, including my Tuscan Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup, Roasted Salmon and Veggie Stove-top Frittata, and Veggie Quinoa Bowl. These tart and sweet little rubies really shine in pasta, salads, sandwiches, omelets, and anything else you can think of. They are really quite amazing for a jarred item.
Stock up on sun-dried tomatoes
Sun-dried tomatoes can be difficult to locate in the store, so when I find them I make sure to stock up. I usually find them in the produce section amongst the specialty salad toppings (e.g., seasoned nuts). I have ordered them online before, but they leaked in the box. Therefore, I would recommend that you verify the shipping method of whichever company you order them from beforehand. The only brand I have tried and really enjoy is California Sun Dry Sun-dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut with Herbs. Their sun-dried tomatoes are cut just right and have been marinated with herbs making them extra delicious.
Use sun-dried tomato oil as a condiment
Even the sun-dried tomatoes preserving oil is excellent as a condiment. Simply replace your regular cooking oil with a couple of spoonfuls of the tomato oil as the start to a sauté, the base for a salad dressing, or as a beautiful garnish that adds a unique flavor and a deep orange color.
No matter how you use these tomatoes, they will add an elegant touch to all of your dishes. I highly recommend that you add them to your pantry STAT!
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