Saturday, December 18, 2010

Salsa (Red, Medium)

Kid Rating:  2 out of 3 like it
Do Again?  Yes

This is an adaptation from two different recipes from two different friends.  It's soooo good and versatile.

Ingredients:
1 -- 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 -- 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (I like fire-roasted)
(About the tomatoes:  If you have fresh, flavorful tomatoes available to you, use them instead.  Yum!)
1/2 onion chopped (I chop them finely so they are less overwhelming to the kids)
2 cloves garlic pressed (I've used garlic powder before)
1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped (leaves and stems -- the stems are so flavorful)
1 jalapeño pepper*
few shakes of cayenne pepper sauce 
1/2 tsp lime juice
1-2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
black pepper


Chop cilantro.

Add lime to cilantro and stir.

Add onions and jalapeño pepper.  The seeds are the
hot part.  I cut out the pith then scrape the seeds
into the mixture.  I discard the pith and chop the
rest of the pepper.

Add the remaining ingredients.  Stir.


Options:
Put the salsa in the blender for a smoother texture.


*Experiment with different peppers.  Here's a guide from my friend, Wes:
Mild Salsa -- 1 Anaheim pepper
Medium Salsa -- 2 Jalapeño peppers
Hot Salsa -- 1 Habinero and 1 Jalapeño


Family Review
5 y.o. -- Didn't give to him; it's probably too hot.
9 y.o. -- Liked it (good flavor -- not used to the heat -- digs in when it's more mild).
11 y.o. -- Liked it a lot.
Husband -- It's a favorite.
Me -- Love it.

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