Smoked Tomato Butter
|Title:||Smoked Tomato Butter|
1 large vine-ripened tomato
1 cup salted tomato juice
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon cream, optional
Prepare grill or smoker according to instructions for smoking small quantities. Smoke tomato (over indirect heat if using grill) until somewhat darkened and shriveled. This can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the method.
Or roast the tomato in the oven: Halve horizontally, place cut side up in a baking pan and roasted at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes. The flavor won't be as smoky, but it's still delicious.
Puree roasted tomato with tomato juice, and strain. Transfer to a small saucepot over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Just before serving, add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Don't boil, or the butter will break down and separate. Whisk in cream and serve immediately.
Makes about 1 cup.