Warm Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
This third-place winner comes from Nadine VandeWalker of Cicero.
4 to 5 medium tomatoes, diced
¾ cup diced red and green peppers
¾ cup diced onions
2 cloves sliced garlic
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons fresh sliced basil
(1 tablespoon for the tomato mixture and
1 for garnish)
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread out tomatoes, diced peppers,
onions and garlic on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and add
salt, pepper, sugar, red pepper and basil. Roast the tomatoes and
veggies for 30 to 40 minutes until they are tender and a little brown
around the edges and all liquid evaporated (the consistency should be a
bit thick). Place the tomato mixture in a bowl with fresh basil garnish
and freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top. Place bowl onto a serving
plate with toasted bread.
To make the bread, slice one baguette in half and spread ½ cup
garlic butter on both sides. Place bread under broiler for 3 to 5
minutes until butter is melted and bread is slightly browned around the
edges. Slice and serve with warm tomato mixture.
Pepper and Tomato Stew
The second-place winner comes from the kitchen of Jason G. Wittwer of Auburn.
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 medium white onion, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced and chopped
2 cups stewed tomatoes
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 pound ground Italian sausage (mild)
1 teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil for garnish
Sauté the green pepper, red pepper and onion in a medium pan over
medium heat. Set aside in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the chopped tomatoes
and stewed tomatoes. In a skillet, brown the ground turkey. When the
turkey is browned, add to the saucepan. In the same skillet, brown the
sausage. When the sausage is browned, add it to the saucepan. Place
saucepan over low heat and simmer for 30 minutes or more. Add hot
sauce, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve in a bowl.
Garnish with fresh basil and serve with garlic bread or crackers.