Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Homemade Guava Ketchup

There is nothing better than making certain things at home, the ketchup you normally buy is full of added salt and high fructose corn syrup. The other beauty is that you can adjust to your taste, I love to make this ketchup with guava, I also make it plain and it is delicious! The guava paste gives it a sweet taste that is so good. You can add chipotle peppers to give it a little kick or maybe minced garlic, basil, or peaches - well just about anything.

1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in purée
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup guava paste, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

1. Purée tomatoes in a blender until smooth.
2. Cook onion in oil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until translucent, about 8 minutes.
3. Add puréed tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, guava paste, vinegar, nutmeg, salt and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring often, until very thick, about 1 - 2 hours.
4. Let cool slightly and purée ketchup in 2 batches in a blender until smooth. Chill at least 2 hours. Store in a glass jar.

Makes about 2 cups

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