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I put out the call on the CGE facebook page that I needed HALP with homemade salsa. (Side note: God bless the Social Network.)
I have never been able to duplicate the flavor of my favorite store-bought salsa, Green Mountain Gringo, despite how simple the ingredient list is. I suspect it has something to do with my ineptitude with one of their ingredients – Apple Cider Vinegar. About the only thing I know how to do with ACV is pour it in Bison Chili (eek! I gave away a secret ingredient!) or dump it over my head in the shower – no finesse required.
Ha! The preceding hair care pun brought to you by My Awesome Subconscious.
I've been in a staring contest with a salsa recipe generously bestowed upon me by a friend of my beloved In-Laws; the ingredients (and I exaggerate): one part tomato, fifty thousand parts jalapeño. I haven't built up the bravery yet.
I got some VERY helpful feedback on the Salsa Plea. My friend Kelly was one of those who chimed in. Kelly is awesome because she's totally primal-ed out (start a blog, dammit!), she lives in Chicago IN THE WINTER (!) and above all, she's my friend. Here's a photo of us at our high school reunion:
Kelly's most important point of advice was roast the veggies first. As you'll see in the photo, I crowded some of those veggies way too much. Also, I should have removed the skin from the roasted tomatoes before blending. My bad. Otherwise, this was delicious.
Kelly's Chirove (Chicago + Roasted + Veggie: Chih-Roh-Vey) Salsa
Mango or peach, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Roast tomatoes, red pepper, onion, jalapeño and garlic (for more heat, add jalapeño after roasting). I also roasted sweet potato as part of the rest of the meal.
Peel skin from tomato and pepper if desired (if roasted properly, it should peel easily). Then pulse in blender with lime juice, cilantro and salt & pepper. Top with mango or peach.
The complete meal consisted of a few favorites from Primal Palate (check out this post for more on the taco seasoning and grain-free burrito and this post for my prior experience with it), sweet potato, and some basic homemade guac.
I realize this blog is a recipe-hound's nightmare, incidentally. When I find something I like, I make it over & over again. If you want more creativity, Primal Palate, The Paleo Table, and Life As A Plate provide most of my food porn.
The final product: Grain-free spicy burrito with Kelly's Chirove Salsa, roasted sweet potato, and guac.
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