Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bella Sun Luci's Sun Dried Tomatoes+ Pasta n' Pizza!


Straight from Mooney Farms and manufactured in Northern California, a family owned and operated company, Bella Sun Luci's, is the largest producer of sun dried tomatoes in the U.S.

Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta is an authentic family recipe that consists of sun ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, premium olive oil, and Italian herbs.
Bella Sun Luci's most traditional use of their products is to spread their bruschetta directly onto your favorite toast, for a delicious appetizer! You can also stir it into cooked pasta, use it as a sauce on your pizza, spread it on a Panini or a wrap..so many possibilities!

The first jar of Sun Dried that I tried was the Bruschetta Sun Dried tomatoes. I put these in my cooked pasta as an added filler and new texture.

The flavor was interesting, something I don't think I've ever had before. I think the Extra Virgin Olive Oil that they are soaked in, gives them that wet texture, making me feel like I needed to cook them on a pan and eat them dry as if they were a tomato jerky...and that's just what I did! I cooked these tomatoes slightly so they became crispy and slightly burnt..and then ate them like they were a vegetarian Beef Jerky! They were delicious! But the grease of them soaking in olive oil made them extremely greasy, which ended up giving me a major belly ache. I used Sun Dried tomatoes as a topping to my homemade pizza as well. This worked good, but not as good as the "tomato jerky" haha.


Next I had the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce with Whole Pine Nuts. This was my absolute favorite!! I loved it! I spread it across my homemade thin crust pizza dough, topped it with Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese, a little bit of ham pieces, and some Bacon Alfredo sauce drizzled on the top. Once it was baked and cooled, this was my first to try and it was absolutely delicious. A new favorite of the family! It has the perfect taste of smokey tomatoes and works as a nice substitute if you don't eat meat.
This one is worth trying!



I'm looking forward to making some of the recipes from Bella Sun Luci's, using their other Sun Dried tomatoes. Here are a few on my list to make: Sun Dried Tomato Dip, Spinach, Ricotta, and Tomato Artichoke Lasagna, Sun Dried Tomato Quiche, and Macaroni and Sun Dried Tomato Gratin with Sharp Cheddar...mmm making me hungry. You can also use the Sun Dried tomatoes to make your own sauces! Much like this Sun Dried Tomato Marinara. Yum! To find more Bella Sun Luci's Sun Dried Tomato Recipes, visit http://www.mooneyfarms.com/recipes/

*Now for the Contest Fun: 
If you create a recipe using 
Bella Sun Luci's Sun Dried Tomato products, 
you can enter to win $2500!! 
(open til July 1, 2014)
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