I will never buy pre-made store bought salsa again, not even in the dead of winter!

Salsa is so versatile and so good for you too! And although nothing beats the fresh homemade stuff with garden tomatoes, it isn’t very practical during winter in Wisconsin; tomatoes from the grocery store, even organic ones often have little taste and are expensive.  

Store-bought jarred salsa usually contains preservatives, lacks flavor, and is quite expensive- especially the good quality stuff. I don’t care much for the consistency either. Enter: the simple canned tomato; clean and inexpensive, and when you pair it with a few fresh ingredients, you won’t be disappointed!
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WINTER IN WISCONSIN SALSA
2 jalapenos, seeded and roughly chopped
½ cup roughly chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, grated with a microplane
½ tsp salt
1 Tbs fresh lime juice
1- 15oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes*
2 Tbs fresh chopped cilantro

1. In a food processor or blender combine jalapeno, onion, garlic, salt and lime juice: pulse several times until ground finely but not quite pureed. 

2. Add in the tomatoes with their liquid and the cilantro and pulse until the desired consistency is reached. I usually run it for about 10-15 seconds; I like it smooth.

*My favorite brand of canned tomatoes is Muir Glen Organic. Get the “fire-roasted” style: it really adds a lot to this recipe. 

This is a pretty flavorful salsa, add less jalapeno and garlic if you like less flavor. But I will say that I think the amounts indicated are needed to fully get rid of the "canned tomato" taste. 


 


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Shari
03/26/2012 10:48

Hi Dr. Schmidt,
Your recipes look great and I will be trying most of them. I went to your web site as I was hoping I could email you with some concerns I'm having with some recomendations you have given me in the past. (I was a patient of yours in Eau Clarie) Maybe you could email me?
Thanks

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