The tomatoes just keep on coming into the start of Fall here. With that I’ve had to trim back my tomato plants quite a bit. In the process I ended up with a boatload of green tomatoes I didn’t know what to do with. If they would have been full size ones I would have made some awesome fried green tomatoes with chipotle mayo, but they were small ones and there were a lot of them. I asked my kids, and I asked their friends – they all said one thing…Salsa Verde! OK so half the kids are taking Spanish and I think they just wanted to be able to use verde, needless to say I took their advice.
Using my fall back simple salsa ingredients I decided to give it a try. I washed those babies off and dumped them into the food processor. Added some lime, olive oil, salt, onion, cilantro and jalapeno and there you have it – so so simple. It makes a statement because people aren’t used to seeing it. We love fresh salsa instead of cooked so this is amazing for us. If you want more of a cooked salsa I would blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes, dump into ice water then proceed. You can also make the salsa as chunky or smooth as you’d like it. We like it a little juicier, less chunky. That’s the best thing about making your own – you can have it exactly the way you want!
I had enough of the little buggers to make two bathes of salsa. So we now have several jars frozen that will be a great reminder of our summer garden in January when I pull a jar out for snacking some Saturday afternoon. And by storing it in the garage freezer it will last because nobody goes out there except for me! This makes great gifts as well if you have more then you have any idea what to do with or if your freezer is already overflowing. Grab some corn chips and invite the neighbors over.
- 8 cups green tomatoes
- 1 small onion
- ¼ - ½ cup of fresh cilantro (to taste)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3 TBSP olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ - 1 jalapeno (depending on the heat you want, start small and add to it to get desired heat level.
- Wash tomatoes and place in food processor or blender. Add all other ingredients and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy with your favorite corn chips and in all your favorite Mexican dishes!
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What’s your favorite thing to do with green tomatoes?