Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fresh Salsa!

We have an abundance of grape tomatoes growing in our garden.  We have one tomato plant and it is out of control.  It's huge and it is taller than me.  It's growing over and around our fence (thankfully we don't have neighbors on that side of the fence yet).  In past years my tomato plants haven't done very well, so this year I decided I would only plant one and not waste precious garden space.  Little did I know it would take over a huge portion of one of my raised garden beds.  Last Friday we had about 4 bowls full of tomatoes so Chris and I made salsa after the boys went to bed.  Neither of us had made salsa before so we were kind of winging it with the recipe.  I do have to say it turned out pretty tasty!  Plus it was something fun to do together.  A good at home date night idea!

Fresh Salsa

Out of control tomato plant

Salsa Recipe

6 Cups Tomatoes - We used grape tomatoes, because that's what we have growing in our garden, but any tomato will do.
3/4 of a Medium White Onion
1 Green Pepper
3 Teaspoons Garlic
1/4 - 1/2 Cup Cilantro - This was two handfuls chopped up finely.
2 Jalapenos with seeds
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
3 Teaspoons Sugar

Dice tomatoes, white onion and green pepper put in large bowl.  Chop jalapenos and cilantro finely and add to bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix together.

We used the seeds from both jalapenos and I would say the salsa is medium-hot.  If you want a medium salsa add seeds from 1 jalapeno and no seeds for a mild salsa.  If you are concerned about the heat, set aside all the seeds from the beginning and then slowly add them in after combining all other ingredients.

We diced all our ingredients pretty small, so it isn't too chunky.  If you prefer a smoother consistency you could put all the ingredients in a food processor.

I will definitely be making salsa again!  These pictures make me want chips, salsa and a corona.

Happy Champagne Thursday!


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