POSTED Wednesday, May 09, 2012
From the Test Kitchen: A Bloody Mary You Can Bite Into
Rachel Saunders started it. We were lucky enough to have the founder of Blue Chair Fruit Company visit our test kitchen and whip up a salad, oatmeal, sandwich and an ice cream sundae using her preserves and marmalades. Of all the preserves we sampled, the Early Girl Tomato Marmalade captured our imagination the most. Food Editor Rebekah Peppler reflected on ways to incorporate the jam into recipes and couldn’t get her mind out of the liquor cabinet. Inspired by the jam’s concentrated taste, Peppler created a Bloody Mary-inspired cure to sprinkle over halved plum tomatoes before roasting them. The Bloody Mary tomatoes emerge from the oven shriveled and stunning, a preseason warm-up to summer and an ideal accompaniment to scrambled eggs, salad or a BLT. Vodka shooter, optional.