7/1/09

salsa- two ways



Most of you that have read this blog for awhile know that I am a Potato Ho but did you know I'm also a Tomato Ho? If you put a gun to my head and made me declare which one is my absolute favorite... I would be dead because, really, how could I choose? They are both quite lovely in their own way. I refuse to choose! (and I'm a poet that doesn't even know it) (because all that just rhymed)



When it's 111 degrees outside a perfect summer dinner is chips and salsa. That's it. It's too hot to think, it's too hot to cook, it's so hot that you don't want to even lift a fork to your mouth. Tortilla chips are the perfect delivery system... not too heavy to lift and no dishes to do.



salsa verde: (use this recipe more as a guideline, it's all about proportions or ratios)

20 small- medium tomatillos, husked and washed
2 jalapenos
1 bunch of cilantro, washed
1 medium sized white onion
juice of 2 limes
salt

raw version:

Roughly chop tomatillos, jalapenos, and onion. In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, onion, and lime juice. Pulse until it is a course puree. Season with salt.

roasted version:

Roast tomatillos in a 375 degree oven until bubbly and parts of the tomatillo are smoky black or caramelized. Cool. Transfer the tomatillos and the leftover juice into a food processor or blender and add remaining ingredients. Repeat above steps in the raw version.



simple salsa: (adapted from The Kitchy Kitchen)

1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
1 12 oz can whole tomatillos
3 jalapenos, start with 2 and if you want more heat add the 3rd
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 big bunch cilantro
1/2 a red onion
8 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons whole grain dijon mustard
2 teaspoons pico pica sauce
1/2 a lemon, juiced
a splash of worcestershire sauce
salt

Place jalapenos, cilantro, onion, and garlic into a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds. Next, pour the liquid in the can of tomatoes, plus 4 tomatoes, 4 tomatillos plus 1/4 cup of the pickling liquid into a food processor. Pulse. Add everything else that is remaining. Blend the whole thing and taste.



Tasting Notes: It's salsa. It's my salsa. Make it, enough said.

12 comments:

TheKitchenWitch said...

YUM! Those look amazing! Great photos, too.

katie said...

Sounds great, interesting additions to the salsa (hot sauce as they call it here, the other one is green sauce-isn't Texas fun?!). I have never tried to make green sauce but I love it!

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I'm not a tomato fan but that salsa does look tasty. Can you send just a little of your heat our way? It's been raining since the beginning of June here. Today it's like monsoon weather. Total downpours, thunder, lightening, boomers that shake the house, oh yeah, it's been fun. Cross your fingers that we get at least a little sun for the 4th.

Melissa said...

I had already planned on doing chicken tacos tomorrow.

Then this morning I found a bag fill of garden produce on my desk from my coworker. It included jalapenos, and Anaheim and about 15 tomatillos.

Now you post salsas?

It's synchronicity! I will make - at least the verde.

SaintTigerlily said...

Ha! I'm catering a party on Saturday and needed a salsa recipe and you have played right into my hands!

Hahahahah! Mwahahahaha!

Ha...

Ha.

Krysta said...

oh tiger lily.... how i heart you!

melissa... wonder twins!!!!

lisa... you DO NOT want this heat. it's nasty.

katie... some places around here i have heard it called that too. texas is weird.

ms witchy... gracias!

maybelles mom said...

you know, I do have the love of both the tomato and the potato--and why choose. After all they rhyme!

Grace said...

potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto. i love em both, and i can hardly wait for tomato season to come around up here. fantastic salsas, krysta. it's practically christmas in july. :)

LilSis said...

I would never be able to choose between tomatoes and potatoes! That must be why you posed that question in last month's Potato Ho Down Roundup...

Both salsa recipes look like pure perfection to me. I am a chips and salsa kindof gal...Oh, did I hear someone say that Texas is weird?

Pam said...

You're right. Though, only a cruel,cruel person would try to make you chose between tomatoes and potatoes or as they say around here..maters and taters.

Familia said...

i was starting to suspect that you were a tomato ho. when is the tomato ho down?

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