This recipe first posted on July 28, 2011.
Since we are getting ready to launch our new blog, I thought it would be fun to share the very first recipe I ever posted. Haha. The photo quality isn't all that, and I did have a date stamp on the photo. Didn't know about PicMonkey back then or I would have cropped that out and done a little more editing! But still, this is one of my favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy it again!
(Sorry about the date stamp! I'm a newbie.)
When I left El Paso, TX 9 years ago, one thing I brought back to North Carolina was a good salsa recipe. I learned how to make it in a Relief Society Homemaking mini-class (the Relief Society is the women's auxiliary of our church). I loved our Hispanic members and learned so much from them, including how to make homemade tortillas. This recipe started there, but I have tweaked it along the way.
6-8 roma tomatoes
1-2 fresh jalapenos
1 clove garlic, minced
Fresh cilantro (I use a handful)
Lime juice, to taste
Salt, to taste
1. Roast the tomatoes and jalapenos in the oven until skins are nice and crispy. I put mine in a toaster oven. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle them.
2. Peel the tomatoes and "gut" and de-stem the jalapenos. If you leave the seeds in the peppers you will have a spicier salsa--muy picosa!
3. Place tomatoes and jalapenos in a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients and process to desired consistency. I prefer slightly chunky. You can add water to thin it.
4. Serve with tortilla chips.
A few tips--a squeeze or two of lime juice is all you need. Salt to taste, but take into consideration the saltiness of your chips. I buy a dozen or so jalapenos at a time and roast them and then keep them in the freezer so I can have them on hand when I need a salsa fix or when my sister Amy comes to visit.
"Cool" Tip--I used to waste so much fresh cilantro until I saw a neat thing on an Emeril Legasse show. Loosely chop the cilantro bunch and distribute into the sections of an ice cube tray. Lightly fill with water and freeze. Once frozen, pop cilantro cubes out of tray and store in a Ziplock bag in the freezer. Easy to pop into soups, pasta sauce, chili, etc. I thaw several cubes out when I am thawing the jalapenos and then they are both ready for the salsa.