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Garden-Fresh Tomato & Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo recipes continued. I searched online for a simple salsa recipe to modify and add tomatillos to. This is what I came up with:

Ingredients (Makes approximately 5 cups):
3 cups chopped tomatoes (I used a variety of garden-grown heirloom tomatoes)
1 cup (8 ounces) tomatillos, husked, washed, and chopped
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2 frozen cubes of freshly squeezed lemon juice)
½ jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic salt, to taste

Preparation:
1. Place tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, and jalapeno pepper in a blender. Add the lemon juice and blend until desired consistency.
2. Add spices (cumin, sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic salt).
3. Enjoy fresh with chips.
4. Keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days. Alternatively, the salsa can also be frozen or canned for longer storage. I will post a more detailed blog about storage under “Useful Ideas” (RECIPE WILL APPEAR HERE).

 

Note: I seeded the tomatoes before using them. Not because of the taste or consistency but in order to preserve the seeds. We want to be able to plant these heirloom tomatoes again next year. I will post how to save tomato seeds some time soon under “Useful Ideas” (RECIPE WILL APPEAR HERE).

Recipe inspired by http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-fresh-tomato-salsa/

Note: You can find two options for storing salsa here: https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/how-to-preserve-summer-time-salsa-for-winter/

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Tomatillo Salsa

While I am making another batch of the Sweet Potato Tomatillo Soup https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/sweet-potato-tomatillo-soup/, this time to freeze it, I am trying to catch-up with posting recipes.

Here is another tomatillo inspired recipe: Tomatillo Salsa. Not only had I never made salsa before, I also had never made Tomatillo Salsa before. The recipe is super-simple to make. We took some to a Halloween Potluck and everybody liked it.

Ready-set-go!

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and quartered
small piece of jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 large white onion, cut into 4 wedges
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
salt, to taste

Preparation:
Coarsely purée tomatillos, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, and water in a blender. Transfer to a large heavy skillet, this is when I added the lemon juice (as I used a lemon cube). Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature and salt to taste.
Make sure to chill and then enjoy with organic tortilla chips.

Note: We also jarred some of the hot salsa into canning jars for later use, see steps on how to can salsa below.

Super delicious Tomatillo Salsa

Super delicious Tomatillo Salsa

 

Recipe inspired by http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Tomatillo-Salsa-239969

Note: You can find two options for storing salsa here: https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/how-to-preserve-summer-time-salsa-for-winter/