Sweet Heat Tomato Jam

Sweet Heat Tomato Jam over Peppery Southern Grits

Sweet Heat Tomato Jam over Peppery Southern Grits

An acidic kick from balsamic plays with natural sweetness of tomatoes and smoky goodness from paprika.  Use the season's best selection of tomatoes -- you can use all fresh at the peak of summer, and all canned during the dark days of winter.  Either way, make sure to keep some bigger tomato chunks to ensure a jammy texture.

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 Tbs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp Spanish paprika

To make Jam:  Place all ingredients in a small pot with 1 cup of water.  Simmer, partially covered, until reduced to half, about 1 hour.  Taste to adjust seasoning.

Ladle over Southern grits, use as a topping on veggie burgers, or serve with roasted potato hash.

Servings: 8
Yield: Makes 2 cups

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 1/8 of a recipe (2.6 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Calories 20.22
Calories From Fat (7%) 1.49
Calories From Protein (9%) 1.91
Calories From Carbohydrates (83%) 16.82
Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.19g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.01g <1%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g 
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.04g 
Trans Fatty Acids 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7.91mg <1%
Potassium 147.37mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4.29g 1%
Fiber 0.77g 3%
Sugar 3.07g 
Net Carbohydrates 3.52g 
Protein 0.59g 1%
Vitamin A 532.95IU 11%
Vitamin C 7.88mg 13%
Calcium 15.19mg 2%
Iron 0.51mg 3%
Vitamin E 0.46mg 5%
Vitamin D 0.02IU <1%
Thiamin 0.01mg <1%
Riboflavin 0.25mg 15%
Niacin 0.46mg 2%
Vitamin B6 5.86mg 293%
Folate 8.54mcg 2%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Pantothenic Acid 0.04mg <1%
Vitamin K 4.29mcg 5%
Phosphorus 17.35mg 2%
Magnesium 9.03mg 2%
Zinc 0.06mg <1%
Copper 0.02mg 1%
Manganese 0.04mg 2%
Selenium 0.04mcg <1%