I’ve had some really good salsas lately that were fire roasted, so I decided to try making some. The key to making a fire roasted salsa is to roast the vegetables on the grill. The “fire” from the grill gives the salsa a delectable smoky flavor. (Okay, it’s really smoke from the coals that adds the smoky flavor, not fire, but “smoke roasted salsa” just doesn’t have the right ring to it …)
It’s very simple to do, really, but it makes for such a delightful-tasting salsa. So the next time you fire up the grill, I suggest tossing some peppers, tomatoes and onions on there and make up a fire roasted salsa. It’s the perfect healthy, delicious condiment to go with a good quesadilla (like this chipotle black bean quesadilla with avocado cream I made the other day), tacos, eggs, and so much more … I really love a good salsa and always have some homemade salsa in my fridge. This fire roasted salsa has totally won my heart. Strangely, it’s the simpler red one that I love the most, although the hearty Adobo salsa with cilantro and white beans is also lovely in its own chunky way. They each have their own personality, so to speak, just like sisters.
Rojo Fuego Salsa (Red Fire Salsa)
For this salsa, I peeled the tomatoes and peppers after grilling them, resulting in a brilliant fire-red colored salsa.
- 4 whole hot chili peppers (use more or less depending on how hot your peppers are and how hot you like your salsa. Mine were super-hot and a brilliant red color!)
- 4 large garden fresh tomatoes
- 1 onion, cut in fourths (skin on!)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Heat up the grill and put the chili peppers, tomatoes, and onion directly over the heat to roast. Turn as they cook so all sides are roasted. The skins on the peppers should turn black and charred on all sides, the tomatoes should be soft with the skins cracked, and the onion should be lightly brown.
- Once they are cooked on all sides, remove from the grill and let the vegies cool off until they are cool enough to touch. Pull the skins off the tomato and peppers and onion and discard the skins.
- Put the peeled vegies into a blender or food processor and pulse till everything is very finely chopped and mixed well. If you want a smoother salsa, puree in the blender/food processor to your liking. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
Adobo Fuego Salsa (Adobo Fire Salsa)
When I made this salsa, I didn’t peel the peppers after roasting. The charred bits of skin add a bit of extra smoky flavor to the salsa.
- 2 large garden tomatoes
- 2 – 7 jalapeno peppers (adjust the number of peppers for how hot you want your salsa … if you want a very mild salsa, use bell pepper in place of the jalapeno)
- 1/2 onion
- 2 -3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup cooked white beans
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
- A few sprigs of cilantro (just the leaves, not the stems)
- Heat up the grill and put the jalapenos, onion and tomato directly over the heat to roast. Turn as they cook so all sides are roasted. The skins on the peppers should turn black and charred on all sides, the tomatoes should be soft with the skins cracked, and the onion should be lightly brown.
- Once they are cooked on all sides, remove from the grill. Do NOT peel the peppers, but do pull the peel off the tomato and onion.
- Put the tomato, jalapeno, and onion into a blender or food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse till everything is very finely chopped and mixed well. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
I went looking for an easy Thai Peanut Sauce recipe last night because I’m enthralled with Thai food and I wanted to make Thai Chicken Pizza, but I can never find all the ingredients that authentic Thai recipes seem to require. I couldn’t believe my luck! If you can find fish sauce and Thai-style curry paste, you can make this.
I didn’t follow her recipe very well though, I’m afraid. I just read her recipe, then made it up as I went. The sauce turned out so good, I was using my finger to wipe up every last drop from the bowl. And then I was dreaming of other things I could make with it last night. You do that too, right? Dream about food? Please tell me I’m not completely insane …
Super Simple Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce
Adapted from She Simmers
- 1/2 of a 15-oz. can of light coconut milk
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 Tablespoons red or green Thai-style curry paste (I had some green open, so I used green, but red would probably be better …)
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or Sriracha (optional … I just wanted my sauce to have a little extra zing)
In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, whisk all the ingredients together. Simmer for 3 – 5 minutes, stirring frequently to keep it from sticking on the bottom of the pan.
Use it as a dipping sauce for shrimp or other little bites, or as a funky pizza sauce for a thai-style pizza … or drizzle it over a sandwich or salad. I’m planning to do all of those things … I probably should have made a bigger batch.
Ann at The Fountain Avenue Kitchen tried this recipe … go see her version too.
I don’t know if this is really a recipe, but I have to tell you I am so happy to be back in my own home with my own kitchen where I can walk in and make funky popcorn anytime I want. And I have all my spices! YES! … so I can season things like I like them …
I was only gone for two days. And I do love to travel. Really, this should not be a big deal. But I’ve grown sooo attached to my kitchen. Perhaps I need a portable spice suitcase. And hotels to actually deliver what they promise. This was supposed to be a “suite” … with 2 beds, a microwave, mini-fridge, sofa bed … it wasn’t. It was a bed, a desk, and a chair. No microwave, no fridge, no sofa at all. And they overcharged me. But they let us check in early, which was handy because my girl needed to get ready for her dance competition. So I’m not REALLY complaining.
I’m just glad to be home. With my popcorn popper. My kitchen. My spices. My cheese drawer. Real wine glasses. My bed. My cats. My plants. My pillow. My trees. I love it here.
“It’s good to be home” Cheesy Cajun Popcorn
- A large bowl full of air-popped popcorn (about 10 cups or so? something like that … it fills my mixing bowl)
- 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
- Cajun seasoning mix
- Cheesy popcorn seasoning (I found this at our local Natural Foods Coop … if you have some, use it, if not, the popcorn will still be delicious …)
- Cayenne (if you want it hotter)
- Freshly shredded parmesan (about 1/2 cup)
Melt the butter. Drizzle the butter over the popcorn as it pops, and sprinkle with the cajun seasoning mix, the popcorn seasoning, the cayenne (if desired) and the salt. Add the parmesan in there too if you can manage it … if you can’t, just sprinkle it on top. It will sink as you eat the popcorn anyway. Grab bunches of it with your fingers as you eat the popcorn. It’s so good that way.