So yesterday morning I walked out to the garden to gather the mixin’s for some fresh, home made salsa. It is very simple to make and mixes up real quick. I picked 3 tomatoes, 1 bell pepper, a couple of jalepeno peppers and some fresh parsley. I went back to the kitchen and a grabbed my Better Homes and Garden cookbook. Opened to the last page of the section titled sauces and relishes and began the preparation. Fifteen minutes later I have a bowl of salsa chilling in the refrigerator for later.
Our afternoon was going to be spent watching our son play in the first round of his basketball tournament. I was hoping for a win so that we would have been done about 3:30, we could head home for a little wine on the patio and then a great steak dinner. Well, it did not turn out that way. They lost their first game and were set to play again at 5:30. It was a double elimination tournament and there was a delay. Game started after 6 p.m. and when they finished, with a win (back on Sunday) it was after 7:15.
We headed home for the evening and while our son went off to play with the kids in the back yard, we settled in for a cup of coffee before heading up to the neighbors fire pit. Next thing we know our foodie friends pop in, with a bottle of wine and his home made salsa!
So this morning we out the two to the test! My salsa is on the right.
Hubby says it’s a draw, daughter says I win and our sone, the food critic says foodie’s wins!
1 cup finely chopped tomato
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 jalapeños finely chopped (leave seeds in)
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons of snipped cilantro or parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove of garlic, pressed
Several dashes of bottled hot pepper sauce
In a mixing bowl combine tomatoes, sauce, jalapeño, scallion, green pepper, cilantro or parsley, lemon juice, garlic, hot pepper sauce and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Place about half of mixture in a blender container or food processor. Process until smooth, add back to tomato mixture. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Use for tortilla dip, top chicken pieces fresh from grill or use over vegetables, eggs, etc.