Monday, June 13, 2011

3-2-1 salsa

Father's Day is coming up, and in honor of our dad's This Week's Cravings is featuring their favorite foods! 

I thought long and hard about what to post.  My dad loves to eat just about anything but black-eye-peas and spinach, so I have plenty of foods to choose from!  I considered going to the grocery store and taking a picture of a can of Dr. Pepper and a bag of Doritos.  Then, I called my mom and asked her what his favorite food was.  Even though he was standing right next to her, she decided to answer for him (that's the way our family works).  She thought the Dr. Pepper and Doritos was dead on...or ribs...or tacos...or pecan pie.

Did we ask my dad?  Nope. :)

I think I know him well enough, though, to know that he would love what I'm going to post today.  In honor of his love of Doritos, I'm sharing a salsa recipe that Cookie Bandit and I whipped up the other day.  It's made from all fresh ingredients, and it's nice and chunky (just the way Dad likes it).  And even though it's got a touch of sweetness, it's hot, hot, hot (at least I think so...Cookie Bandit thinks I'm over exaggerating, as usual).

We call it 3-2-1 salsa because it contains the following...3 habaneros, 2 jalapenos, and 1 green pepper.  It's a recipe for success.  This recipe is meant to be canned (although you could whip up the whole batch for a large gathering).  If you are unfamiliar with canning, check out my tutorial here.  It's super fun and a great way to store all of the fresh summer veggies growing in your garden.

3-2-1 Salsa
1 1/2 cups finely diced onion
1 T. minced garlic
1 cup apple cider vinegar
10 cups coarsely chopped, seeded, and cored Roma tomatoes (about 25 tomatoes)
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
2 jalapenos, finely chopped
3 habaneros, finely chopped
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro, loosely packed
1 T. oregano
1 T. sugar
1 T. Tabasco
2 t. cumin
1 1/2 t. salt

In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine onions, garlic, and vinegar.  Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and boil gently for 2 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes and peppers.  Return to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and return to a full boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, just until the peppers are tender (3-5 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Fill 8-9 jars (8 oz each), leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.

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  1. Oh, that salsa looks really good in those jars. I bet it tastes good with some tortilla chips ;) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  2. You just can't beat homemade salsa! Beautiful color, you should enter it in your county fair!

  3. Better have two Dr. Peppers to go with that salsa!!!!! I bet it will really clear the sinuses. Dad.


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