Everyone has a “go to” meal that is fast to prepare, tasty, and easy to clean up. Today, I will share mine with you. I call it Savory Italian Topping because I use it on almost everything I eat. It adds a punch of flavor to meat, fish, chicken, potatoes, scrambled eggs, crusty bread, and just about anything you can imagine. It’s a guiltless recipe because it is low fat and low cholesterol. I always have a fresh batch in my refrigerator.
Here’s how you make it. You will need the following ingredients which are all easy to find.
2 cups of Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup of whole pitted Kalmata Olives, cut in half
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
3 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar (I happen to love balsamic, so I use equal parts to the olive oil. If you don’t like it as much as I do, cut back to 2 tablespoons)
3 cloves of Garlic
1 small Shallot (small white or brown onion will work as well)
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
If you can find the following ingredients fresh, all the better. I made this recipe in fall when my balcony garden has withered, so I am using dried ingredients. Here’s the info for both fresh or dried:
Dried: mix oregano, basil, rosemary, in equal amounts until you have 1 1/2 teaspoons of all three mixed together. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Fresh: 4 medium size basil leaves, 3 medium size oregano leaves, 1 sprig of Rosemary. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Let’s start cooking.
1. Use a 10″ or 12″ skillet and add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar
2. Chop the garlic and shallot and add it to the skillet
3. Add the oregano, basil, rosemary, salt and pepper.
Turn your stove on to a medium-low heat. I use number 3 setting. Cover with a grease splatter cover so the olive oil doesn’t get all over you or your stove. Set your kitchen timer for 8 minutes and stir at least 4 times throughout the cooking period.
Your batch of Gina’s Savory Italian Topping is finished after 8 minutes and the ingredients are caramelized. The entire cooking process only takes about 12 minutes and you have a batch of topping that you can use whenever you want.
Store this topping in a glass container because the tomatoes will stain plastic an orange color. Put it in the refrigerator and bring it out to heat up whenever you want.
By now you should be hungry. Just the aroma of garlic and shallots is enough to make your mouth water. Use it on turkey burgers, hash browns and scrambled eggs, with crusty bread, on cheese slices, with baked chicken, or use your imagination. Please let me know if you have a new way of eating this delicious topping. I’d love to hear it.