1. WHAT IS IT?
Country of origin: Italy
History: After a trip to Italy in 1989, Karyn Korteling, owner of Pastabilities restaurant in Syracuse, was inspired to make her own version of tomato with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, honey, chili pepper, and spice oil. Twenty-five years later, Hot Tom is still on the shelves in Central New York.
2. IS IT HEALTHY?
Diets: gluten-free; lactose-free
Nutritional Value: Omega-6, monounsaturated fats, Vitamin K
Health Benefits: reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, fights cancer
Replaces: tomato-based sauces and dressings
3. WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
Where: the baking aisle (grocery stores in the Central NY area), or order it online at hottom.com
NOTE: You can make your own tomato-infused oil by roasting cherry tomatoes with garlic and any other herbs or spices you like. Then simply blend it all together.
4. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Store: in a dark and dry cupboard for 6-12 months
5. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT. . .
- The earliest recordings of infused oils date back to the 10th or 11th century.
- Tomato oil was featured on Food Network’s Dinners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Watch it here.
6. BUT HOW DO I EAT IT?
Use it as a garnish for soups or salads. Top it on pasta, burgers, and sandwiches. Or simply dip a piece of bread in it.
Craving more? Try these recipes:
Toasted Ravioli with Hot Tomato Oil (from ciaochowbambina.com)
Garlic Knots with Spicy Tomato Oil (from mariahspleasingplates.com)