Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fresh-From-Grandma's-Garden Salsa (Hot!)

A few days ago, Grammy, Papu and Noni returned from South Georgia, where they collected grocery bags full of homegrown vegetables from Grandma's garden, and brought some home for us. What a generous and unexpected treat! A great man once said, 'there's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes.' Ain't it the truth.

One slight problem with this unexpected bounty: I had just gone grocery shopping and already had more tomatoes than our family of four can eat quickly enough. What to do? Make salsa! I had never made homemade salsa before and after doing so, I wonder why I haven't been doing this all my life.

12 tomatoes
2 jalapenoes
2 mild(er) chilies
1 onion
1/2 head garlic
1 lime
2 tsp. salt

Boil a large pot of water. Cut x's in the bottoms of your tomatoes, and plunge them for just a second into the pot. Pour into colander and let cool a minute, then they're ready for easy peeling. Get out your food processor. Peel, core and quarter the tomatoes. Plop them into the food processor, along with the peppers (de-stemmed), onion (quartered), garlic (peeled) and lime (juiced). Salt to taste. Strain a bit of the juice off and serve with tortilla chips. Caliente!

1 comment:

gana said...

it was yummy... thanks! i know you were out of cilantro... can't wait to try it with next time! :)