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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Orange Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Heirloom tomatoes come in all kinds of funky shapes and colors, from round little brown and green striated specimens to big, bumpy, teardrop-shaped orange and yellow ones.  Italians love them, organic/natural food advocates love them, farmers' market shoppers love them, and Sizzle Grove loves them.  Many of them have a richer flavor than standard tomatoes, lower acidity, far fewer seeds, and less tomato goo.  You know what I mean.

As you know, we love to serve salsa with barbecue, particularly when we make barbecue leftovers such as pulled pork enchiladas.  Next time you cook up some meat outside and want to serve something other than barbecue sauce, try this vibrant, fresh, spicy orange heirloom tomato salsa.

One large orange tomato, chopped small
One slice of white onion, chopped small
1 small clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 jalapeno (with seeds for hot), minced
Handful of red bell pepper, chopped small
Juice of 1/4 lime
Pinch salt
1/2 tsp dry oregano, or a few sprigs fresh chopped
Very tiny pinch cumin

1. Mix white onion and garlic in bowl, pour on salt and lime juice.  Let sit a few minutes.
2. Add all other bulk and dry ingredients, stir.
3. Refridgerate a couple hours, then enjoy with enchiladas, tacos, smoked beef, or any of your other favorite dishes.

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