Friday, August 28, 2009

Salsa, Salsa, Salsa!!! Fire-Roasted Salsa

I can not claim the title of master chef or cook extraordinare, but I can make a mean variety of salsa. And last weekend at out Annual Tomato Harvest Party I made salsa, salsa, salsa.

I had promised a few Apron Goddesses that I would put up a recipe and here goes. I think that salsa is one of the most easy things to make, i.e. difficult to mess up, so give it a try with some fresh tomatoes from the farmers market.

The tomatoes are the most critical ingredient if you ask me... Super ripe, home grown are best! I really attribute the flavors of the salsa to the quality of the tomatoes at hand.

Fire-Roasted Salsa

The ingredients are very simple:
2-3 large tomatoes
1 large onion
2-3 Jalapeno peppers (cut in half and de-seeded)
3-4 Cloves garlic
Juice from two limes
White vinegar
Salt and Pepper

To "fire-roast" I use a cast iron skillet heated to sizzling then turned to low. You can also use a cookie sheet placed in the oven or cookie sheet on the BBQ to achieve the "roasting" effect. If in the oven heat to broiling and monitor the veggies until soft and blackening has begun. On the BBQ heat to about 350 and monitor closing lid during cooking.

To prep your vegetables, cut your tomatoes in half, slice bell peppers into fingers, cut onion into three or four large slices, bend the jalapenos in half so they can lie flat, and peel garlic. Place on heated cast iron surface or put on your cookie sheet into the heated oven/BBQ.

Let the vegetables roast for about 8-10 minutes or until browning occurs and veggies begin to soften as pictured below.

When tops of tomatoes are soft and liquid forms on the surfaces, i.e they are "sweating," flip them and let 2nd side cook. Turn all vegetables at this point.

Here's the browning on the onions and garlic.

After another 8-10 minutes of fire-roasting (all your veggies should be soft) place all your solids in the food processor or blender. You can chop by hand too if you don't have an "appliance of destruction" as pictured below. Squeeze in the juice from two limes and add cilantro to taste. (This is extremely subjective, I use about 15 stems ripped from the bundle). RESERVE TOMATOES!!! Do not add tomatoes in the first blending step.

Turn on food processor until small chunks are present.

Add tomatoes after heftier veggies are in small pieces. If you add tomatoes too early it all becomes a foamy mess. PULSE TOMATOES until they are broken up into small pieces. Too much blending will make froth. I am not fond of froth...

Add salt and pepper and about 2 teaspoons vinegar. Pulse a couple more times just to mix. I always taste and add more salt until it tastes right.

Get chips and hungry child...


My parting note is that all proportions are approximate and you can vary your ingredients based on what you have on hand and what you like. Add a couple more jalapenos if you like it really spicy!!!

Once you get comfortable with the process you can add in roasted corn (my favorite), chopped fresh fruit, and other ingredients. Give it a try Apron Goddesses. Bye for now.

12 Goddesses Have Spoken:

Aunt Spicy said...

Well I think I just figured out what I am going to do today on my day off! Make salsa!

Knitnut,Karen said...

I can't wait to try this. The family will be here this week-end. Guess what I'm serving!! Thanks for the receipe!!

Atlanta said...

That looks de-lish. I cant have chips on my diet, but I can have wheat tortillas. I'm soooo going to make some. YUM! ;) You go Salsa Goddess!

Suzi said...

If you want spicy, just add some of the seeds from said jalepenos. I like it a little hot, but have to tone things down for my sensitive mouthed boys/men.

I make my guac a little hot. I get complaints about the heat, but they come back for more.

Karen said...

Yummy! That looks delicious. Your photos are great and that little one is adorable.

San-Dee said...

thanks so much for the recipe, I too will be making some this weekend! We have some nice, ripe jalapenos ready for picking that aren't going into the dilled green tomatoes.

the ungourmet said...

I love that yummy fire roasted flavor! I've never made this kind. Thanks for putting up this recipe!

Ametisti Kuu said...

Thanks for the recipe! I have never made salsa before but just love it. Armed with your recipe and a good imagination, I can forsee many days of homemade salsa in my future ;)

Sandy said...

Oh yummy! Next year I'm going to make my own salsa. I can't wait!

fairyrocks said...

Love your salsa recipe, it looks fantastic, I am making a grocery list and I am going to try this one. Thanks.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

This looks so good I called husband over to drool with me. Wondering if I will be able to use the fire-roasted veggies or if I'll eat them all up before they make it into the processor.

Zeemaid said...

wow, that has got to be the best salsa recipe I've ever seen.

Can't wait to try it. Thanks ;)