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Old 10-25-2007, 08:07 PM   #1
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Question If a recipe calls for tomato paste...

I don't use tomato paste at all. Not a fan of it. But i have the following recipe which asks for Cans of tomatoes and ALSO tomato paste. Do I really need tomato paste, what is it contributing to the recipe? I don't see it as being a problem if i don't have it, but can someone tell me the "specialness of tomato paste" lol - even in any recipe not just this one (i got the recipe from the side of a can of tomatoes, are they trying to push their own brand of paste as well LOL)

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Tomato Chicken Casserole


400gram can of tomatoes
4 large chicken drumsticks
2 tbsp flour
salt and cracked pepper
2 stalks fresh rosemary
2 dried bay leaves
1 large white onion
2 medium carrots

3 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
potatoes/rice/pasta

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Old 10-25-2007, 08:12 PM   #2
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It will add an element of flavor you cannot get from the canned tomato. Tomato paste is concentrated and adds a sweetness to a tomato dish. It also serves to offset acidity that can be present in tomato dishes.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:12 PM   #3
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I found this:

Tomato paste is made from tomatoes that have been cooked for a few hours, strained and reduced into a rich, sweet paste. Tomato paste is most commonly used in pizza sauce. A dollop of tomato paste adds a dark, savory flavor to soups and stews.

Tomato purée consists of tomatoes that have been cooked briefly and strained to produce a thick, tangy liquid. Tomato purée is used in soups, stews and sauces to add the tomato flavoring without the texture. We use it as the flavor base in certain recipes.

Tomato sauce refers to any sauce made out of tomatoes. That includes the ubiquitous Italian tomato sauce with all its variations, as well as Indian and Thai curries that have a tomato base. Tomato sauce can be canned, jarred or fresh. Time-willing, we prefer to make our own.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:13 PM   #4
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Myself I would leave it out- I don't use it either, but that is just me.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:19 PM   #5
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aha...so there is a use for paste...my bf hates anything slightly sweet in lunch or dinner...hmm might leave it out. (wonder if he would notice if i put it in hehehe j/k)

thanks heaps for the quick answers!!!

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Old 10-25-2007, 08:23 PM   #6
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Rom, the amount is too slight for your BF to notice, but it will be a nice addition to the dish.

Buck and I don't use much tomato paste either. What I do is to open a can of the stuff, measure out 1 tablespoon dollops on waxed paper on a cookie sheet or plate and freeze. Once frozen, I wrap the dollops in plastic wrap, put into a freezer zipper bag and store in the freezer.

When I need some tomato paste, I just take out what is needed from the freezer.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:23 PM   #7
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If you are concerned, use less. Try two tablespoons.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:40 PM   #8
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Like Andy M. said - it adds a unique, deep, and slightly-sweet (acid balancing) flavor. It's not going to taste sweet.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:49 PM   #9
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hmmm perhaps i will slip in it in then, just for experimentation sake ;) - i haven't tried the recipe before either, so if it's crap its crap, what can i say hehehe...freezing sounds good lol.

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I agree with Andy and Michael. The tomatoe paste adds depth of flavor and a richness that makes the dish great instead of just "good." Don't leave it out. You won't taste the tomato paste, you'll just notice how good the dish is. There's a reason for everything in a recipe.
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