Fran Lane

In My Kitchen~ Tom's Garden Salsa Recipe

August 28, 2019

Excellent eats in my kitchen this week – My husband Tom’s homemade salsa using tomatoes from our garden. This time of year there are plenty of fresh, ripe tomatoes in our garden and here’s a great way to use them. Everyone seems to love salsa and this salsa has become a family favorite!  It is easy to make and can be frozen to use any time of the year. Beware…this salsa is addictive. Enjoy!

Tom’s Garden Salsa

3 lbs fresh picked tomatoes / 1 medium to large onion diced / 1 habanero pepper finely chopped / 4-5 cloves garlic(minced) / 1/3 bunch of cilantro chopped / Maryland seasoning to taste (I like Wye River) /  1/2 - 1 teaspoon cumin / olive oil

First, slip-skin the tomatoes by bringing a pot of water to the boil. Score the tomatoes with a sharp knife. Drop about 3 tomatoes at a time into the boiling water for about 30 seconds and remove them and place them in a colander and under cold running water and slip the skins off of them and with a paring knife, cut out the hard stem area of the tomato. When you finish slip-skinning the tomatoes, roughly chop them up. Then, pour a little olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion, garlic, and habanero until almost soft. Add the tomatoes, Maryland seasoning, and cumin. Heat till it just comes to a boil and simmer for about 2 minutes. You can mash them down to the consistency that you like. Tom uses an immersion blender to create a smooth consistency. Turn down heat and stir for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chopped cilantro and cover. This salsa is excellent served warm or cold with your favorite tortilla chips.