For years, I have had tomato envy. Yes, every time I heard Americans declare their love for Muir Glen canned tomatoes, I had a jealous moment. You see, Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes weren’t available here in Canada … until now! Yes, now we Canadians can enjoy not only this great quality canned tomato, but their famous “Fire Roasted” variety, which adds an extra special flavour to so many dishes.
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As I’m sure any cook knows, the quality of the dish depends on the quality of the ingredients, and I think that’s especially true with canned tomatoes. So when I cook with canned tomatoes (and that’s quite often), I want to use the best quality I can find. Now that I’ve had a chance to try Muir Glen tomatoes, I can definitely say, they are superb and I am especially smitten with the Fire Roasted. I also love that they are organic. When I’m not looking for the Fire Roasted flavour profile, Muir Glen also has a variety of whole, diced and crushed canned tomatoes, as well as a lovely Whole Tomatoes with Basil variety, which is a great starting point for any Italian dish.
Quick and easy to make falafel pitas, served with a delicious, spicy tomato sauce.
With one of my first cans of Muir Glen tomatoes, I cooked up these delicious Falafel Pitas, with a spicy tomato sauce. The falafel are quick and easy to make, as is the tomato sauce. I used Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes, which together with the cilantro, jalapeno, onion and cumin, made a sauce that perfectly complemented the falafel.
So Canadians, keep yours eyes open for this new, exceptional brand of canned tomatoes when you are shopping. As they are organic, my regular grocery store stocks them in the “Natural/Health Food” section, so if you don’t see them in with regular stock, have a look there!
CONTEST! (Open to Canadians Only)
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes is celebrating their launch in Canada with their #OnlyTheBest contest.
Muir Glen is committed to spectacular flavour by providing only the best quality ingredients. With that in mind let me know what you consider to be “the best” when trying to impress at the dinner table. Share your best recipe, hosting tip or best way to prepare a certain food. Let me know in the comments!
The prize pack will contain the new Muir Glen products that are coming to Canada, which will include:
· Fire Roasted Diced
· Fire Roasted Crushed
· Plain Diced
· Crushed with Basil
Also, there will be a PC $50 gift card!
- Spicy Tomato Sauce:
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 28 oz. ( ) can Muir Glen Organic Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tsp. jalapeño, seeded & finely diced
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 15oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and well rinsed in cold water
- 1/3 cup shredded fresh carrot
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup packed fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 2 tsp. harissa**
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying
- Make the Spicy Tomato Sauce: In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Add the chopped garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds, until fragrant, but not browned. Stir in the canned tomatoes, jalapeño, cumin, salt and the sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cilantro. Keep warm until ready to use, or if making ahead, allow to cool, then transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
- Make the Falafel: Place chickpeas in a food processor. Cover and pulse until beans look like small crumbs. Add remaining Falafel ingredients. Pulse until mixture comes together in to a slightly chunky paste (not pureed or completely smooth, but almost). Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
- When ready to cook the falafel, heat the 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (oil should completely cover the bottom of the skillet in a thin layer). Using a measuring Tablespoon, spoon out a level tablespoon of the falafel mixture and shape into a ball. Using the palm of your hand, flatten the ball slightly into a patty. Test falafel by placing one into skillet with hot oil and cook until golden on the underside (about 4 minutes), then flip and cook to golden on the other side (about 2-3 minutes more). If patty held together well and cooked nicely, proceed to shape and cook the remaining falafel. If your falafel didn't hold it's shape while cooking, you'll want to add a few tablespoons of tahini paste or flour to the mixture to make it sturdier, before proceeding to cook the rest.
- Serve warm falafel with warm spicy tomato sauce in pita bread, with some lettuce and topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt or Tzatziki.
Left over spicy tomato sauce is a great zesty topping for sandwiches, wraps and more.
Muir Glen organic regular diced tomatoes can be substituted in this recipe.
**Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili sauce flavored with chiles, garlic, caraway, coriander and cumin. You may substitute hot chili sauce.
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