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Sauce Portugaise (Portugese Sauce)

1 Servings
3 T olive oil
2 tomatoes,peeled, seeded,
1 and,Chopped
1 green bell pepper
1/2 lg onion
1 clove garlic,chopped
1 t dried thyme,Crushed

Start sauteeing/cooking tomatoes in the olive oil. While this is going on, clean ribs and seeds out of the green pepper and slice in thin julienne strips. Add to tomatoes. Do the same with the onion. Add thyme and garlic. Simmer sauce for 15 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.
This is a pretty versatile sauce. You can add cubes of smoked chicken or smoked albacore, or cubes of drained eggplant, and serve it over pasta or rice for a quick meal.
If you add 1/4 tsp. (or to taste) cayenne or hot paprika, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric to the basic mixture, you can make depressions in the sauce and poach eggs in it.

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