Sunday, October 12, 2014

Roasted Garlic Salsa

This recipe really is my husbands' baby.  He has made it many times and it is always incredible.  The idea was actually born out of necessity.  Each spring we plant fresh vegetables in our garden and this year, for reasons unknown, my husband planted 8 jalapeno plants.  A few months later, we literally had a bush of jalapenos and needed to make something with them quickly before they went bad.  Our family absolutely loves Mexican food and chips and salsa might be the thing we crave the most when we are having a cheat day.  Homemade salsa seemed like a given, and roasting the jalapenos actually makes them a little less spicy, so it was a good way to use them up.  The end result was a super simple, spicy, garlicky salsa that was fantastic on just about anything.  Even though our jalapeno plants are done for the season, we still make this all the time.  It is cheaper to make your own and a wonderful homemade gift to bring as a hostess gift to a friend or neighbor. 

Here is what you need:

1 1/2- 2 lbs of Roma Tomatoes
2 small or 1 large Onion
10 cloves of Garlic
2-4 Jalapenos (roast all of them but only add one at a time to the blender until desired spice level)
1 bunch of Cilantro
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1/2-1 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of pepper
2 Limes juiced

Here is what you do:
Slice and season veggies, broil for 15-20 minutes and let cool for about 30 minutes.  Then you will dump the veggies and juices from the pan to a blender and add the cilantro and lime juice and check the seasoning.  Cool and then eat!
Makes about 2 pints

Preheat your oven to broil.  Slice your tomatoes in half and the tops off of your jalapenos.  Quarter your onions and remove the skin from your garlic.

Next, season with 2 tbsp of olive oil and salt and pepper. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread your veggies out.

Broil your veggies for 15-20 minutes.
Your house will smell incredible.

Let the veggies cool for about 30 minutes, then transfer to a blender.  Only add one jalapeno at first and make sure you get all the yummy juices from the pan in the blender. Try to keep the onions near the bottom so they can breakdown easier.  Now, blend away!  Taste this and if you want it more spicy, add another pepper and repeat.  Keep doing this until the spice level is how you like it. 
When this has been blended to your liking, add the fresh lime juice and cilantro.  Blend again and then adjust the seasonings to your taste.  I usually add a bit more salt at this point.

After this all blended and seasoned to your liking, transfer to a mason jar or Tupperware and do your best to let it cool in the refrigerator for a little bit before eating.  This will allow the flavors to set up and it will taste even more amazing.

My husband and I hope you love this recipe as much as we do.  Especially my husband, who now says that he knew all along what he was doing when he bought 8 jalapeno plants.