Bella Spotlight: Savory Tomato Jam

In the dark depths of winter, indulge in the sweet and supple fresh tomato flavor of our Savory Tomato Jam. Part of our Organic Artisan Collection, this jam is made from locally grown tomatoes, picked at the height of season, and is both sweet and savory with a decadent undertone of Ceylon cinnamon. This elegant everyday ketchup replacement will elevate your average burger or enhance your momma’s meatloaf recipe.

With a few simple ingredients — tomatoes, pure cane sugar, citrus juice, cinnamon and salt — this hearty spread pairs well with a number of cheeses (we’re partial to mozzarella and Parmesan, of course), vegetables and herbs. Try it with our Pane Rustico Italian flatbread or use it as a sauce for a warming meatloaf panini with fontina cheese or use as a quick, flavorful tomato paste substitute.

Savory Tomato Jam Meatloaf Burgers

1/2 lb. Ground chuck
1/2 lb. Ground Vveal
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (marjoram is a favorite!)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 whole egg
1 tsp. Bella Cucina Peperoncini & Pimenton Savory Salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
3 tablespoons Bella Cucina Organic Savory Tomato Jam

In a large mixing bowl add the meat, herbs, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of tomato jam. Mix by hand or with a wooden spoon until just well blended.

Form the meatloaf mixture into patties. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until done, or grill for a few minutes until meat is cooked through. Serve on a brioche bun with a heaping tablespoon of tomato jam on each patty.

Makes 4-6 burgers.

Herbed Mascarpone and
Savory Tomato Jam Crostata Antipasti

1 6-oz. container Mascarpone cheese
2-3 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped (chives & dill work well)
Bella Cucina Crostata Tarts
Bella Cucina Organic Savory Tomato Jam

Allow mascarpone to come to room temperature. Finely mince fresh herbs and fold into mascarpone. Dollop about a teaspoon of the cheese mixture into each Crostata shell. Top with a spoonful of Savory Tomato Jam and garnish with additional herbs.

Buon Appetito!