Do you ever make fresh salsas at home? I always grow tomatoes and peppers, so I love this time of year for delicious fresh tomato salsas from my backyard. Fresh is so much better than anything you can buy in a jar, and vine-ripened tomatoes right out of the garden taste like nothing else!
Although I follow recipes for baking, I rarely do for cooking. So I tend to grab whatever is close by and build mixtures to taste (and smell). Today I made a fabulous Habanero & Chipotle Tomato Salsa. It is HOT!!
It started with my least favourite kitchen activity - peeling & seeding tomatoes. If you've never done this, it is messy and time-consuming, but easy. You dunk your tomatoes in a pot of boiling water, just for a minute or so, then fish them out and dunk in cold water. You will be able to peel the skins off easily with your fingers. Then you can either cut them open or use your fingers and scoop out the seeds.
I used maybe 8 or 9 Roma tomatoes and 2 Habanero peppers from my garden. I added a small red pepper, roughly chopped, and the juice of half a lemon, and chopped it all together in my Pampered Chef manual food processor, in two batches. (Love that machine!)
I transferred the salsa to a covered bowl and added salt, pepper, garlic powder (out of fresh) and a generous shake of the Pampered Chef Chipotle Rub. Gave it a good mix, covered it up and moved it to the fridge for the flavours to set.
It turned out great!! This is a pretty smooth-textured salsa. If you like something chunkier, just chop the tomatoes coarsely without peeling them.
Basically, a tomato salsa can be whatever you want it to be. Onions, green peppers, jalapenos, cilantro, parsley, whatever flavours you love. Sweet salsas with mangos or peaches are also easy to make and add a super flavour to chicken or fish dishes.
Get out there, find a local farmers' market if you don't have your own garden, and start experimenting!! I'm going to find my corn chips ...