I don’t know about you but I have my go-to dish for any kind of potluck or get together. It’s become even more important now that we’re gluten free. I have to be able to bring something that I like and that might end up being the only thing that I eat.
So I bring salsa. I grew up in Southern California and spent four years in Arizona so I love good Mexican food. When I moved to the Midwest, I made salsa and tacos to anyone who would eat them. And got a lot of requests for my salsa recipe. Which is more of a taste-as-I-go-along than a real recipe. But for all of you who asked, I actually decided to take pictures and make notes when I made salsa this last time. So, in all it’s glory, here’s my salsa recipe.
|Yummy salsa ingredients|
- 6-8 ripe, flavorful tomatoes
- 1-2 bunches of green onions
- 1-2 bunches of cilantro
- 1-3 jalepeños
- 1 lime
- kosher salt
Before you begin you need to roast your jalepeños. I turn my oven on to 400 degrees and spray the peppers with olive oil and put them directly on the rack. By the time I’m ready for them, they’re usually nice and roasted. You could also use your broiler, but you’ll need to watch them so they don’t burn.
Chunk up the tomatoes and throw them in your food processor. You can make salsa without a food processor but it’s hard to get the onions and jalepeños small enough so they blend seamlessly with the tomatoes. You don’t want a big bite of spicy (or maybe you do!)
Pulse the food processor so you don’t end up with tomato soup. Keep the tomatoes chunky.
Dump the chopped tomatoes into a big, non-reactive bowl. If you put tomatoes in a metal bowl, they will start to taste like metal. Use glass, ceramic, or plastic. Liberally add kosher salt in a layer over the tomatoes. This will pull the juices out of the tomatoes. You will need more salt than you think. A lot more.
Next comes the cilantro. It looks like flat leaved parsley but it has a peppery flavor. Rinse well and chop off most of the stems. Cut into a couple of big chunks and throw in the food processor. Pulse, dump in the bowl with the tomatoes.