Friday, August 5, 2011
Restaurant Style Salsa
Earlier this week I posted Nancy's Mexican Cornbread. A recipe I received from my close friend, Shannon's Mom, Nancy. When Shannon sent me her Mom's cornbread recipe, I found it was not your standard side of cornbread...it was in fact a main dish attraction, filled with ground beef, onions, jalapenos and lots of cheese. Nancy and Shannon both recommended serving this dish with a good salsa. I decided a jarred salsa would not do, and remembered that I had bookmarked a recipe from Brown Eyed Baker for homemade restaurant style salsa a few months back. Both the cornbread recipe and the salsa shared some of the same ingredients (onions and jalapenos), so I figured why not make them both at the same time. Homemade cornbread deserves homemade salsa, right?
When I saw the recipe called for canned tomatoes, I was a bit skeptical. I had assumed most fresh made salsas were made from fresh tomatoes. But my skepticism was unfounded because this salsa is as fresh tasting as it gets and totally delicious. I loved this salsa! It is light years and universes away from anything that comes out of a jar. It really is like the fresh salsa you get in a good Mexican restaurant. What I like most about this recipe is how easy it is to make. No cooking involved...just throw everything into your food processor. Pulse, pulse, times 3 and done! All future salsa served at this house will be fresh made. Or at least I'll try my best. Cause this is the good stuff.
If you haven't popped over to read the post about Nancy's Mexican Cornbread yet, go take a peek. It's about more than cornbread (which is yummy, by the way) and tells the story of mine and Nancy's recent battles with breast cancer and how my friend Shannon was inspired to take on a 60 mile walk to support a great cause. Shannon is walking in the 3-Day for the Cure as I type this post and will be doing so today, tomorrow and Sunday. See Shannon below at the opening ceremony. She is front and center with a cutout of Nancy, both sporting cute pink bows in their hair! Go Shannon!
I want to extend my sincerest thanks to everyone who left comments, well wishes and contributed to Shannon's 60 mile walk. She has now raised a total of $3,385! My friends, family and readers are awesome!
Restaurant Style Salsa
adapted from Pioneer Woman via Brown Eyed Baker
28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
2 10 ounces cans Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
1/3 cup chopped white onion (original recipe calls for 1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, stem removed, quartered and sliced thin (I also removed the seeds and ribbing to reduce the heat...even with the seeds gone, this is still a very spicy salsa. If you like a milder salsa try using 1/2 a jalapeno or even use a milder chile such as anaheim or poblano)
1/2 cup cilantro
Juice from 1/2 lime (if large or whole lime if small)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to desired consistency. (Note: I have an 11 cup food processor and this was pushing max capacity...if you have a smaller food processor, be sure to work in batches). Transfer salsa to a bowl or resealable container, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour. The salsa keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.