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For the first course of our “You Can Grill That??” series… my FAVORITE!
Smoky fire-roasted salsa.
It’s actually kind of crazy how easy it is to make homemade salsa, and how incredibly delicious it is. Roasting all of the veggies on the grill first adds something amazing and is totally worth the extra time.
Let’s get right to it!
What you’ll need:
3 large tomatoes (ripe but still firm)
1/2 white onion
1 jalapeño (use 2 if you like it spicier)
juice of 1/2 lime
1 bunch cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
What you’ll do:
Clean your grill, then brush the grates with olive oil. Get your grill hot. Cut your onion in half. Cut the jalapeño in half and remove seeds to your spice preference. (Even if you remove them all, it’s still going to be a bit spicy.) Wash your tomatoes and remove the stems, but leave them whole.
Place the 1/2 onion, tomatoes and jalapeño directly on the grill. (Actually, I’d grill the entire onion and use the other half to make something delicious. Like, guacamole.)
Let the veggies grill for 5-8 minutes on each side, or until they have a nice char on the outside. When the onion and pepper are done, set them aside. When the tomatoes are done grilling, place them in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for a few minutes to steam. This will allow you to easily take the skin off. (It has a papery consistency, so get rid of it. Trust me, you’ll still have the flavor of the grill.)
Place the grilled tomatoes, onion, pepper, cilantro, and salt in your NutriBullet or food processor. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with the NutriBullet. (Be extra careful if your ingredients are still hot. Cover well while blending, and use caution when opening your blender, too.) Add the olive oil and squeeze in the lime juice, then pulse and few more times to combine. Do a little taste test to see if you need more salt.
Now get yourself some good tortilla chips!
(A quick, important note.. If you’re using a wire brush to clean your grill, please make sure that it is in good condition and isn’t breaking down. Those little metal wires can easily break off and end up on your grill, eventually ending up in your food. I was recently at a BBQ and had a piece of a grill brush appear in my mouth had made it’s way onto a hotdog. I know, maybe it’s a sign that I shouldn’t have been eating a hot dog. But seriously, the nurse in me needs to make a public service announcement about this, because obviously, swallowing a sharp little piece of metal could be very dangerous. Check your grill brush, wipe down your grill again. It’s not worth it.)
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