Roasted Tomato Salsa


Have you tasted the tomatoes this summer? They are simply outstanding. Combine a pint of cherry tomatoes with onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, and spices? Heaven.

It works as a quick and easy dip, as a condiment for tacos or burritos, or — and I urge you to try this — as an ingredient in your next meat loaf. Oh yeah.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Think about how much heat you want before we start.

I like it a bit spicy. Not killer hot — no one else would eat it around here if I did. So I chop my jalapenos and remove the seeds. I get the flavor without too much heat. In the recipe where I say the peppers are optional? They’re not optional for me. But they can be for you. If you want and like more heat then feel free to leave in the seeds. You could even add a bit of cayenne pepper or Tabasco if you wanted. Or use hotter peppers like serrano or even habanero. You do you.

Just promise me you’ll taste it before you season it. And don’t ramp up the heat too high before you’ve let it sit in the refrigerator for a while. It will usually get hotter as it sits.

 

I start off with a rimmed sheet pan and a piece of aluminum foil to line it. I brushed that with about a tablespoon of olive oil. I use my everyday oil, the good stuff would go unnoticed here.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Roughly chop the onion and jalapeno peppers, peel the garlic, and toss these around on the baking sheet along with the tomatoes to coat them with the oil. Sprinkle with about a teaspoon of kosher salt.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Into the oven under the broiler for 5 – 10 minutes.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Keep an eye on it — you want some charring to occur but we’re not trying to completely burn it.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Let it cool down for a few minutes. Seriously.

Then combine the spices, cilantro, lime juice, and roasted vegetables in a blender and pulse until… well, until it looks like salsa.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Do not puree it. It should look mostly smooth, like a sauce, with a bit of texture left intact.

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

 

Like most sauces, my tzatziki or garlic scape pesto for example, cover and refrigerate to let the flavors develop and meld together.

Adjust the seasonings and serve.

Or use it in that meat loaf we talked about earlier. If it lasts that long!

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 bowl
Author: Bill

Roasted Tomato Salsa made from fresh farmers market ingredients can be the secret to many outstanding dishes -- even meat loaf! It's just that good. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 onion, medium, rough chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about half a lime)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers, sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil and brush with the olive oil. 

  2. Toss the tomatoes, chopped onion, peeled garlic, and sliced jalapeno peppers (if using) on the sheet to coat with the oil.

  3. Place the baking sheet under your broiled for 5 - 10 minutes or until everything starts to char. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Exercise some caution here: hot liquids in a blender can be a bit dangerous.

  4. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until relatively smooth.

  5. Cover and refrigerate. Adjust seasonings (salt, pepper, lime juice) before serving if needed.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy!

 


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