Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Annie's Salsa

I am the first to admit that I don't care for Mexican food. If I were to go to a Mexican restaurant, I usually only eat a handful of items, and one of them is salsa. I just love tomatoes! I can eat it raw as a fruit, I love tomato-based meals, and I put ketchup on everything. Salsa is so versatile- you can put it on scrambled eggs, omelettes, add it to melted cheese for queso, spice up any Mexican dish, or eat as is. I went on the hunt to find the "best" salsa ever, and when Annie referred me to hers, how could I resist? It was her "Favorite Salsa Ever". So my DB and I went and picked up all the ingredients and made it tonight. It took me 15 minutes total to wash, peel, cut and make this salsa. The texture, as Annie describes it, is a mixture of chunky and thin. I have tried a variety of pre-packaged salsa at the grocery store, but nothing tastes as good as homemade. You can taste the freshness of the tomatoes and cilantro, you can feel the crunch of the chopped onions with a slight hint of lime. You can tell there is a "kick" to it from the first bite. This recipe makes a lot (4 cups).

2 fresh jalapeno peppers
4 cloves garlic, halved
1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
28-oz can diced tomatoes (drained or not, depending on how much liquid you want in your salsa)
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime

1. Seed and coarsely chop the jalapeno peppers.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the peppers and garlic.

3. Process until finely chopped. Scrap down the sides of the bowl.

4. Add all other ingredients to the food processor. Pulse in very brief pulses until the vegetables have reached the size you desire (it doesn't take many pulses so don't overdo it.)

5. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to marry.

Source: Annie's Eats


Joelen said...

That salsa texture looks great!

Ellie said...

This looks delicious!

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