SMOKY APPLE CIDER MARINARA SAUCE
If you’re wondering what apples and tomatoes have in common it’s this superbly engineered simple marinara sauce. Hey, they’re both fruits; they’re both acidic and sweet and they just happen to compliment each other. Serve over your favorite pasta, with pan-fried veggie chicken or use in any recipe calling for marinara sauce!
Makes 7 cups
2 T. margarine
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
8 lg. fresh garlic cloves, peeled and very thinly sliced
2 t. dried basil
2 t. dried tarragon
1/2 t. ground allspice
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
28 oz. can tomato puree
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 c. apple cider
2 t. plus to taste liquid smoke
2 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
In large pot, over medium-low heat, melt margarine with oil.
Add sliced garlic, basil, tarragon and allspice. Saute, stirring often till garlic aroma fills the air, 3-5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients, stirring after each addition. Cook at a slow bubble of a boil for about 20-30 minutes, stirring as needed. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately over pasta, or save to reheat and serve later.
Notes: Watch to be sure not to burn the garlic. However, when using a sufficient amount of oil/margarine, the garlic is less apt to burn as long as you keep the heat low and stir often.