Tyler Florence made a recipe on his show Tyler’s Ultimate that I really liked. It was a meatloaf with a cherry tomato relish. I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf in general but topped with this relish, I was a fan. So I was trying to find something to make a chicken sandwich taste better without adding fat. I added the relish and it was amazing. I relish this relish. (I am ashamed of that joke too.)
Cherry Tomato Relish
1 pint cherry tomatoes—halved
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp dried thyme
1 clove minced garlic
¼ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
Medium oven proof sauté pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat sauté pan and add olive oil. Add tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking. Cook tomatoes until they start to break down, releasing their juice and slightly caramelizing. Add thyme and garlic. Stir to combine. Cook two minutes. Add balsamic vinegar (don’t be directly over the pan when you add this, you’ll get a vinegar facial that will literally take your breath away). Stir to combine. Place pan in oven to finish cooking for 10 minutes or until liquid has reduced and thickened. If you don’t have an oven-proof sauté pan, just continue to simmer on top of stove until reduced and thickened – stir often, you no burn!
Need some ideas?
Grilled chicken sandwich—Add it to a grilled chicken sandwich with crispy bacon and smoked provolone cheese.
Pasta—Add to cooked bowtie pasta, diced grilled chicken, fresh basil and shaved parmesan cheese.
Pizza—Use the relish as the pizza sauce when making pizzas at home.
Want to know if your sauté pan is oven-proof? Try this website – Recluctant Gourmet.