Salade cuite, which is really more of a dip than a salad, is a staple at many Sephardic Shabbat tables. Recipes for this cooked tomato dish will vary slightly in different households, depending mainly on which region the family is from. This recipe, a Bonjour Cuisine favorite, has tons of flavor with just the right amounts of heat and sweetness. Take your time with this dish and let it simmer for a while, it will only make the end result that much better. Serve this dish along side grilled fish or chicken on Shabbat or any day of the week, this sip will keep for several days. Salade cuite can also be used as a base for Shakshouka eggs by simply cracking eggs on top of the tomato mixture and allowing them to cook on the stove until the whites are opaque.
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large yellow onion minced
- 1 large green bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
- 1/2 Jalapeno chile pepper cored, seeded and finely chopped
- 5 medium sized garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
- 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 sprig of parsley for garnish
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and saute over meidum heat, until translucent, 5-10 minutes. Add the bell pepper, and jalapeno and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste as well as the garlic and allow to cook for another 2 minutes, making sure the garlic does not brown.
Add the tomatoes and their juices, the sugar, salt, pepper, paprika and cumin. Let the mixture simmer at medium-low heat for about 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until the tomato mixture has thickened and there is no liquid left in the pan.
Serve at room temperature with a garnish of parsley.