Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes – A Sweet Stewed Tomatoes Recipe

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Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  Sweet stewed tomatoes is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal.

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes Recipe

I’ve been making this recipe every summer for several years. It comes from the cookbook Recipes on the Side, one of my favorites. It’s a great way to use fresh tomatoes from the garden (along with our Grandma’s Homemade Ketchup).

There is something special about Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes.  The natural sweetness of the tomatoes combined with the added sugar complements the buttery onions and peppers.  I am guessing this recipe was created to use up leftover bread.  If you’ve got some stale bread sitting around, toss it in a bag and put it in the freezer to save for this recipe.

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  Sweet stewed tomatoes is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal.

Sweet Stewed Tomatoes

You can also make up this recipe, and store in small freezer contains.  In the middle of winter, pull one out and savor the fresh flavor of summer tomatoes. It will be sure to hit the spot.

There’s nothing like eating a vine-ripened garden tomato, and now you can have that all year long.

If it’s too hot to use the stove, try our microwaved Southern Scalloped Tomatoes recipe!

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

Southern Stewed Tomatoes Ingredients

Butter

Onion, diced

Green Pepper, diced

Garlic, minced

Fresh Tomatoes, seeded and diced

Water

Sugar

Bread Cubes (leftover or stale is perfect)

Salt and Black Pepper

How to Make Stewed Tomatoes and Bread

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet, add green pepper and onions, and cook until translucent; add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Add tomatoes, sugar and water, and cook for 20 minutes or until tomatoes begin to fall apart.
  3. To the mixture, stir in torn bread and cook until bread is soft but still retains its shape.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the full recipe and ingredient amounts for Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes scroll to the bottom of this post.

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

Notes About Easy Stewed Tomatoes:

  • The original recipe for these stewed tomatoes says to peel the tomatoes.  If you prefer to do this, then go for it.  The easiest way is to boil the tomato for 30 seconds and then put into ice water.  The peels should come right off.  However, if you are lazy like me, then leave the peels on.
  • Be sure to squeeze out the seeds and excess juice from the tomatoes before chopping.
  • Chop the green peppers and onions as fine or big as you prefer.
  • If you prefer a less sweet stewed tomatoes and onions, then reduce the amount of sugar.
  • Stale bread works better if you have it.  If you have fresher, softer bread, you won’t need to cook the mixture as long in the last step after adding the bread.
  • I love to freeze these sweet stewed tomatoes to eat later on.  It’s like eating a summer tomato in the fall or winter.
  • Looking for other recipes for garden vegetables? Try Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole, Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie, Mom’s Cucumbers and Onions, and Easy Asparagus Corn Salad.

 

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

How to thicken stewed tomatoes?

The easiest way to thicken a batch of stewed tomatoes is with plain, old bread. That’s right. Tear up small pieces of bread (or stale bread) and add to the stewed tomatoes.  It will instantly thicken the stewed tomatoes without changing the flavor.

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

Other Garden Fresh Recipes

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Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 
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Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes

Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes, Stewed Tomatoes, stewed tomatoes and bread
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 small green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 large ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 slices white bread, torn into 1-inch pieces

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
    Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 
  • Add chopped green peppers and onion, and cook until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
    Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 
  • Add minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, sugar and water, and simmer until tomatoes begin to fall apart, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Stir in bread cubes. Start with 2 slices of bread that have been torn into 1-inch pieces, and if the mixture seems soupy, add an additional slice. Cook until bread barely holds it shape.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
    Old Fashioned Stewed Tomatoes are a treat for your taste buds.  Sweet garden tomatoes are cooked slowly with onions, green peppers and butter to form a rich sauce which is soaked up with chunks of bread.  This is the perfect accompaniment for any summer meal. 

Notes

  • The original recipe for Grandma's Stewed Tomatoes says to peel the tomatoes.  If you prefer to do this, then go for it.  The easiest way is to boil the tomato for 30 seconds and then put into ice water.  The peels should come right off.  However, if you are lazy like me, then leave the peels on.
  • Be sure to squeeze out the seeds and excess juice from the tomatoes before chopping.
  • Chop the green peppers and onions as fine or big as you prefer.
  • Use a large skillet like this one which is my new favorite from Amazon. 
  • If you prefer a less sweet stewed tomatoes and onions, then reduce the amount of sugar.
  • Stale bread works better if you have it.  If you have fresher, softer bread, you won't need to cook the mixture as long in the last step after adding the bread.
  • Looking for other recipes for garden vegetables? Try Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole, Grandma's Rhubarb Pie, Mom's Cucumbers and Onions, and Easy Asparagus Corn Salad.

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4 Comments

  1. I love stewed tomatoes! My ma always made these when she would make mac and cheese. She would make ahead then throw in the oven with the homemade mac and cheese. The only difference is she would toast her stale bread. It holds it shape better and doesn’t absorb too much of the juice. Good old fashion comfort food.

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