Roasted Garlic Salsa

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2012 | 6 Comments

Back in August (I’ve been terrible about writing lately), my husband and I decided to enter our local Farmers’ Market’s salsa contest. We love salsa and we eat fresh homemade salsa all the time. So, we thought we’d give it a shot. And by “we,” I mean that my husband did most of the work while I made banana bread (the bananas REALLY needed to be used). Unfortunately, the banana bread was a flop. The salsa, however, was not. In fact, the three celebrity judges (local chefs and the newspaper editor) tied ours for first with 3 other salsas out of 21 total. Yup, we got top four with this recipe. Unfortunately, the tie breaker decided ours was not the best (in our defense, ours had been set out for tastings and there wasn’t much left when the tie breaker tasted it). This recipe is at the very least a personal best for my husband’s salsa making career.

 

Ingredients

1 ½-2 cups local* cherry tomatoes

3 medium to large fresh local* tomatoes

2 local* sweet Italian red peppers

4 cloves of garlic

1 medium onion

1 spicy fresh local* jalapeno

2 handful/bunch fresh cilantro

vinegar

salt

1 Tbs. local* honey

dash cumin

secret ingredient (Husband’s choice to keep this one secret, but I’ll give you a hint: We put it in EVERYTHING.)

*It was a farmers’ market competition. So, I specified which ingredients were sourced locally. Do as you wish.

Preparation

  1. Roast the following ingredients on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle oil and salt over vegetables before roasting.
    1 ½-2 cups local cherry tomatoes
    2 local sweet Italian red peppers
    4 cloves of garlic
    ½ medium onion
  2. Chop the following ingredients and combine in a bowl.
    3 medium to large fresh local tomatoes
    ½ medium onion
    1 spicy fresh local jalapeno
    2 handful/bunch fresh cilantro
  3. Add the following to the bowl to taste
    vinegar
    salt
    1 Tbs. local honey
    dash cumin
  4. Chop and add the roasted vegetables to the bowl.
  5. Mix together.
  6. Eat with your favorite chip (or cucumber slice)!!

 

6 Comments

  1. Grandma
    October 15, 2012

    Hi, Hali – congratulations!
    I wish I could send you some of the local Hatch green chiles – they are unique. We had a chili-peeling party with some friends & now have several quarts frozen – very hot, very tasty!
    Wish you were here…
    Lots of love,
    Grandma

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    • Hali
      October 15, 2012

      I love you, Grandma! I wish I could get some of those chiles too. They sound amazing. And I wish I was there too. I hope to visit soon.

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  2. Morgan
    October 15, 2012

    Sounds yummy! I feel pretty clever that I can guess what that secret ingredient is!

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  3. Mom
    October 15, 2012

    Nice post, hon. Clint and I were toying with the idea of growing some garlic this fall. I wish we had, but it might be a little late to plant now. Congrats, Max!

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  4. Diane
    November 9, 2012

    Hali, (And Max) I finally got around to making the salsa! Was able to get organic veggies at our co-op but of course they are a bit “out of season” now. Nevertheless, it is delicious, even without the “secret ingredient” (John prefers less hot) Ate it with chips for lunch and will be putting it on everything until it is gone.

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    • Hali
      November 9, 2012

      I’m so glad you got to try it out and that you enjoyed it! I really do have to give Max the most credit for this one. He’s a genius in the kitchen.

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