This post is sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes. All opinions are my own.
Family time in the kitchen
My husband grew up watching his grandfather cook Italian food and he really enjoys spending time in the kitchen sharing family recipes with our daughters. Family time in the kitchen is a great bonding experience and we love that our daughters are learning to carry on these family traditions and recipes. We recently spent a full Saturday making Italian food together and completing the Red Gold Tomato challenge. We made sauce starting with canned tomatoes, eggplant parmesan and then had some fun comparing Red Gold Tomatoes to a competitor brand in a series of activities that tested the tomatoes to their limits.
We started our family time in the kitchen making homemade sauce.
Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe
- 10 Cans Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes
- 4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Yellow Onion
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
Puree tomatoes in blender and pour into large pot on stovetop over medium heat. Add fresh basil leaves. In skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and chopped onions. Sauté for approximately 10 minutes then add entire skillet contents to tomato sauce pot. Cover and cook on low for approximately 4 hours or until desired thickness.
Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
We used our homemade sauce to make eggplant parmesan, one of my husband’s grandfather’s favorite dishes.
- 3 Cup flour
- 5 eggs
- ½ Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Cups Homemade Tomato Sauce
- 4 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
Prepare eggplant by peeling and slicing into approximately ⅛ inch slices.
Heat olive oil in skillet. Set up eggplant cooking station with bowl of whisked eggs, bowl of flour and plate lined with paper towels.
Dip one slice of eggplant in flour then egg. Place in skillet to cook hot oil. Continue process until skillet has one full layer of eggplant slice. Cook each side until lightly brown. Transfer to paper towel coated plate.
In casserole dish layer sauce, eggplant and cheese. Then repeat ending with cheese on top.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350°. Serve with bread or pasta and be amazed by how a simple can of quality Red Gold tomatoes can make so many incredible family memories at mealtime.
Together, we had more fun in the kitchen and took the Red Gold challenge to see for ourselves why they make the freshest best taking tomato products. Using provided supplies including Red Gold and competitor brand whole peeled tomatoes, we observed the can ingredients at various stages to determine the best quality.
Little sister very carefully poured the cans of tomatoes into the trays to begin.
Then we cut, sorted, and drained the tomatoes while following along the processes with a tomato challenge score card.
Red Gold Tomatoes won every category in comparison to the competitor can. At the end of the process we sorted all the whole tomatoes and were surprised to find that Red Gold had a full tray and the competitor only had a few misshaped and squashed tomatoes that made it to the final tray.
The entire family agreed, Red Gold Tomatoes easily won the tomato challenge. This was a great activity and incorporated science into our family time in the kitchen. What do you look for in a great tomato?