Today I made it with sun ripened farmer's market tomatoes as a little welcome gift for some very sweet new neighbors. I did feel a tiny bit Bree van de Kampish walking down the street with my basket. Thankfully I wasn't carrying muffins! Seriously it is good topped on grilled chicken, with omelets, fish, on baked or fried potatoes, and of course with chips. It is not spicy, so if you want a salsa with heat you'll have to add a little somethin', somethin' to this.
8 plum tomatoes, halved and seeded
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 small white onion, peeled and quartered
1 jalapeño pepper, halved and seeded
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Before & After Roasting. They don't turn black, not completely charred.
Preheat oven to 500°.
Place first 4 ingredients on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 500° for 20 minutes or until charred; stir occasionally.
(I remove garlic after 20 min, and then roast the other veggies for 5 more min)
Remove from oven; cool.
Place vegetables in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until chunky.
(I pulse longer because I don't like big chunks)
Place in a medium bowl, and stir in cilantro and the remaining ingredients.
Cover and chill.
Note: Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week, but it won't last that long!.