As a child, you couldn’t get me to touch a raw tomato, nor would I even consider tasting the thick, red liquid that my sweet little momma seemed to have such an affection for. No way! I loved tomato sauce, of course, and spaghetti night was my absolute favorite night, but a raw tomato or any cold tomato concoction were just gross to me.
I’m not sure when this changed. I gradually started eating them in salads, then on sandwiches, and so on…and so on. Now, I’m a tomato juice loving, gazpacho worshiping, anything with tomato seeking monster. Isn’t it funny how our taste buds change as we grow up? Is it really a taste bud change or a mental change that makes us more open-minded and therefore allows in the possibility of liking something new?
Regardless, I pretty much have tomato juice for breakfast every morning during the week and sometimes even on the weekends. If I’ve allowed myself the time, I make this juice recipe for myself. I’ve tailored it to how I like it. I do still have some flexibility with the recipe though. For instance, if I don’t have lemons, I use a lime wedge. Worchestershire sauce and A-1 Steak Sauce are interchangeable to me in this recipe so I use whichever one I grab first. I always use some hot sauce, but if I have horseradish, I’ll throw that in too.
I bet you’ve figured out that what I’m actually making is very close to being a virgin Bloody Mary. In fact, the steak sauce additive was something that I picked up while out in Hoboken at a restaurant that has a Bloody Mary Make It Yourself Bar. I tried it and was hooked. Just a couple of drops though.
If I don’t have the time to make this juice, because I either stayed up too late reading or finishing a movie with Frank, and therefore was too exhausted to get up on time, and needed absolutely every spare second to get ready for my day, I simply grab a V-8 somewhere and call it a day.
There’s the usual morning weekday breakfast scoop! Do you have a mainstay breakfast that seems to be what you’re always craving in the morning?
Here’s the printable.
- 8 oz. organic tomato juice or vegetable juice (chilled)
- 1 lemon or lime wedge
- 2 shakes of your favorite hot sauce
- ⅛ tsp. Worchestershire sauce (or A-1 Steak Sauce, or both!)
- ⅛ tsp. pepper
- horseradish, minced, to taste (optional)
- Stir all of the ingredients together and enjoy.