Grandma's Homemade Ketchup

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes
Show: Chuck's Day Off Episode: The Wait Staff
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 5 min
YIELD: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 peach, blanched, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 6 to 8 tomatoes, blanched, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • Dash garlic-flavored hot sauce (recommended: garlic-flavored Tabasco)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 spaghetti squash
    • 1 head garlic
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 cups bread crumbs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
    • 5 to 6 Yukon Gold potatoes, boiled, but not peeled
    • 1/4 cup melted butter
    • 1/2 cup smooth goat cheese
    • 1 cup 35-percent whipping cream
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped
    • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
    • 6 cups wild mushrooms
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup dried du puy lentils (green), cooked
    • Fried shallots, for garnish
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    In a large saucepan, add the oil, onions, apples, and peaches, sauteing until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, chile flakes, vinegar, and hot sauce. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and lower the heat. Cook for about 1 hour, until reduced by half.

    Serve with the Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, recipe follows. Will last in the refrigerator for 1 week.

    Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie:
    Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

    First, cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Place the squash on a baking sheet and bake for 1 1/2 hours. As an alternative, place on a plate and cook in the microwave on high power for about 20 minutes.

    Roasted Garlic:
    Put the garlic head on a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and put in the oven for 30 minutes or until the garlic is very tender.

    Bread Crumbs:
    In a bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the milk. Let stand for 5 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Mix in the pine nuts, the eggs, basil, thyme, and parsley. Put aside.

    Mashed Potatoes:
    Mash the potatoes with the butter, goat cheese, cooked garlic puree and cream to make them nice and smooth. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.

    Remove the spaghetti squash flesh with a fork and put it in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and put aside.

    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

    Heat the remaining oil in a large pan and saute the onions, carrots and celery over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and continue cooking until brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked lentils and the reserved bread crumb mixture. Stir and put aside.

    In an 8 by 11-inch/20 by 28-cm baking dish, spoon the vegetable mixture onto the bottom. Layer with the spaghetti squash, then the mashed potatoes and smooth them down. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or so, until the top is slightly browned. Garnish with fried shallots, to taste.


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