Thursday, July 19, 2012


use fresh herbs for high quality
pictured:  basil, oregano, thyme, fennel


1 1/4 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes, unpeeled and quartered
12 basil leaves
1 sprig oregano
6 sprigs thyme
4 sprigs Italian parsley
1/2 tsp. sea salt
lots of fresh ground pepper


Place the tomato pieces, basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped.

puree in the food processor,
better yet, use a Vitamix

Scrape the sides of the bowl.  Then process until pureed, about 20 seconds.  Do not over-process or the tomato puree will become lighter in color and yield a less-attractive cocktail. 

Transfer to a bowl and let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes so the flavors develop.

NOW at this point you either have a very fine tomato juice (Vitamix) OR you have a juice with way too much texture for my taste.  My Vitamix hasn't arrived YET so I put all of this through a strainer.  The result was smooth and delicious.

this can so easily be turned into a blood mary

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