You may think that tomatoes are a weird ingredient for a jam but if you remember that they are a fruit, it might make more sense. We used this jam as a condiment spread for the turkey meatloaf sandwich that we served when I owned Alchemy Market and Wine Bar back in the 2000s. It lends a sweet, spicy and tangy taste to most anything you pair it with—goat cheese and crackers, grilled chicken or shrimp, roasted pork tenderloin, even grilled cheese. It makes about 4 cups and lasts for a couple of weeks in the fridge so, make a batch and get creative!
Tomato Ginger Jam
2 T olive oil
1/4 cup of fresh ginger, peeled - a 2" knob or so
1/4 cup garlic, peeled - about 4 large cloves
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 t cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 T ground cumin
1/4 t cayenne
1/4 t ground cloves
2 cups chopped, canned tomatoes (or you can also use fresh apples)
1/3 cup honey
Drop the garlic and ginger through the feed tube of a food processor and chop finely. Don't bother to wash the bowl as you will be puréeing the sauce after cooking it. Sauté the garlic and the ginger on low heat, without browning, until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the honey, and simmer for 25 minutes covered.
Purée the sauce in the food processor until smooth and then return to the pan. Add the honey and cook for a few minutes over medium heat until thickened and jammy.
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