Sicilian-Style Tomato Spread (and a French Bread Pizza!)

March 16th, 2013 1:00 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Since I’m currently stocked up on bread (two for one at Sam’s Club, yo!), I decided to try out the Sicilian-Style Tomato Spread from Vegan Italiano. It’s quite simple and easy to make: tomato paste, capers,* garlic, red wine vinegar, and some other goodies; stir by hand – no blender or food processor required – and you’re good to go.

You’re supposed to serve it on baguette bread, but I toasted a slice of French instead. Makes for a rather delicious snack.

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Like all spreads (hummus! butter bean dip!), I couldn’t help but try this one on a pizza – a French bread pizza, to be precise – and it was (predictably!) FABULOUS.

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To prevent the spread from drying out, I mixed in a tablespoon or so of water. Simply spread on the bread (or whatever) like you would a pizza sauce, add your toppings, and bake at 400F for 15 to 20 minutes. Easiest lunch ever.

* Capers! I love capers! They make me feel as though I’m going on an adventure or something. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, here I come!

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3 Responses to “Sicilian-Style Tomato Spread (and a French Bread Pizza!)”

  1. The Peace Patch Says:

    I’ve got to get this book Vegan Italiano! I grew up in a Sicilian family and this recipe and the Sicilian Skillet Pasta Pie and all the other VI recipes you’ve done look so superyumful! Now if only it had vegan riceballs like Nana used to make. :)

  2. Kelly Garbato Says:

    Nope, no rice balls! Sorry :(

    There’s another vegan Italian cookbook I just got, Nonna’s Italian Kitchen, and it has a recipe for rice balls. I haven’t had a chance to try anything yet, but it looks promising. One main difference between it and Vegan Italiano is that the author’s willing to use vegan meats (tofu, seitan) and cheeses, which I like (even if this makes the recipes less “authentic”).

  3. Cookbook Review: Vegan Italiano, Donna Klein (2006) » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

    […] Italian-Style Butter Bean Dip (page 4) * Sicilian-Style Tomato Spread (page 13) * Cauliflower Soup with Parsley (page 16) * Baked Vegetable Soup (page 21) * Tomato and […]

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