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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

{Call for Recipes} Canned Tomato Recipes, and Hunt’s FlashSteam Tomato Deliciousness

First off, lots of happy thoughts/prayers/positive energy to everyone on the East Coast affected by Sandy. I planned today’s post before the storm hit, but the topic and call for recipes might actually be helpful for those of you living off your pantry this week, as long as you have access to the Internet to even read this in the first place!

Each Sunday when I plan my menu, I build my grocery list based on that menu. As a result I am a pretty efficient shopper and only buy food for that week.  We spend less money and waste less food this way, but I tend not to have much stocked away for go-to dinners. However, one of the few ingredients that I always have on hand is canned tomatoes. As long as there are canned tomatoes on my pantry shelf, I can always throw something together!

As I have mentioned, I am currently working with Hunt’s canned tomatoes. When they first approached me, it was a no-brainer deciding to work with them. I use canned tomatoes all the time and love the Hunt’s product. You’re probably going to get sick of hearing me say this, but the Hunt’s petite-diced tomatoes are my FAVORITE and I’ve been buying them for years. The size of the dice makes the tomatoes super versatile for many of my recipes. They’re the best!

Once I actually started working with Hunt’s, I learned more about where the tomatoes come from and how they are canned. What I found out makes me like the Hunt’s product even more.

Hunt’s tomatoes are all grown in Oakdale, California and are picked when they are ripe. All of the tomatoes go from harvest to can in a matter of hours, which means they really are canned at the peak of freshness.  I think this approach does in fact make for a flavorful canned tomato, which becomes obvious whenever I make my super fresh-tasting homemade tomato sauce.

Here’s the other great part of Hunt’s canned tomatoes that I did not know previously. Hunt’s uses what they call the FlashSteam process for peeling the tomatoes, as opposed to using chemicals like some other brands, and there are no added preservatives.

I tried canning tomatoes once. The peeling process about killed me. As much as I would love to can my own tomatoes every year, I simply do not have the time or, quite honestly, the energy. But canned tomatoes are a staple, so, I’m just going to let Hunt’s do the work for me! They’ve got it figured out and the tomatoes taste great. Done and done.

Time for today’s Call for Recipes! Please share your favorite recipes using canned tomatoes! Now that we are entering the winter months when fresh produce is scarce, I’m ready to crack into the canned tomatoes more frequently and would love new recipes! And I’m pretty sure there are lots of folks on the East Coast who could use canned food recipes this week!

I’ll kick us off with my most favorite recipe using canned tomatoes: Tuscan Tomato Soup. This is super crazy delicious soup, people. On your mark, get set, go! Share your canned tomato recipes!


  1. 1

    MMM, can’t wait to try that soup. Here’s one of my staple meals (I’m from Louisiana but am neither Creole nor Cajun). It’s super easy and can be done with pork instead of chicken.

    Creole Chicken
    for two servings (can be doubled easily)

    Two chicken breasts (I prefer with the bone)
    1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes (best brand I know of) choose Spicy or Mild depending on your tastes.
    1 Cup of Rice
    1 Can of water
    Tony Cachere’s Cajun Seasoning
    Preheat the oven to 350.

    Spray the bottom of a cast iron dutch oven with a cooking spray such as Pam. Put the rice in and dump the Rotel on top. Fill the can with water and put that over the rice and Rotel. (Note, the water should stand approximately one knuckle above the rice so you may need to add water.)

    Season with Tony’s. Put the chicken on top and liberally douse with honey. Season with Tony’s again. Put the lid on and place in the oven at 350 degrees for at least an hour.

    I like to serve this with a green salad and French Bread. If you don’t use the cooking spray, clean up is a chore!

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    Stephanie P.

    I also keep canned tomatoes on hand at all times, America’s Test Kitchen makes great use of them in all sorts of recipes, two I’ve made in the last week.

    Who doesn’t love tomato soup and grilled cheese (especially when I butter one side of the bread, and cook the other in bacon fat!) I love Cook’s Illustrated’s Cream of Tomato soup,

    Last night with Sandy starting to affect Ohio, chili hit the spot, another Cook’s Illustrated recipe–not my blog though,

    I also love canned tomatoes in minestrone, super easy pasta dishes like Shrimp Fra Diavolo, yum.

    • Jane Maynard

      what a good idea, I’m going to search my ATK/Cook’s Illustrated cookbooks for more ideas! these both look super yummy, thanks for sharing the links!

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    My favorite recipe is from Elise at Simply Recipes My family never gets tired of this recipe.
    I couldn’t even begin to name all the other recipes that use canned tomatoes. In my pantry, I have diced, sauce, paste, pureed. I’m certain, as I haven’t looked, there are others. Also Rotel.

    • Jane Maynard

      okay, with a review like that, I think we HAVE to try that fettuccine. I love elise – she has great stuff!

  4. 5

    with canned tomatoes we have a version of a basic tomato sauce here at our family food blog
    come check it out! 🙂

  5. 6

    i saw this segment on martha stewart a few years ago and it quickly became a staple in my quick dinner line-up. one pot for the rice, and one for the chicken curry mixture. my girls LOVE it.

  6. 7

    This is my favorite dish using canned tomatoes – Hunt’s is always my brand of choice! – because it couldn’t be easier to make and hold or throw together in a hurry and is delicious hot or room temperature. What more can I say – it’s a keeper!

    Cora (the other one!)
    P.S. Adorable Halloween picture!

    • Jane Maynard

      hi cora, the other one! 🙂 it’s been so long, it’s nice to “see” you! 🙂

      I have never tried anything like your recipe, it looks yummy! will add it to the to-try list, for sure!

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