Homemade Thriving (Husband's) Salsa
I like salsa. I like chips. I like salsa with my chips and I like it spicy...very spicy. I tend to buy a different salsa each week trying to find just the right blend for my pallet. My TH is not a tomato fan, so I have to be sure to find one that has minimal chunks. Since I myself am a tom lover, I like it super chunky...pic de gallo style, but that just doesn't work for the greater good of my household. Boo.
After many failed attempts to find the right salsa combo for my house, my TH had had enough. He was going to make his own, but where was he to start? He decided to take it to work. After a few shifts at the firehouse collaborating with fellow salsa lovers, he got some ideas and then made it his own. Before making his recipe a reality, he had to go to the store.
For this Thriving Husband Made Salsa you'll need:
-5 jalapenos (cored & chopped)
-1/2 cup chopped white onion
- 8 stalks of green onion (chopped)
- A handful chopped cilantro
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (he got the one with added green chiles, that is optional of course)\
- 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic
- Dashes of salt, pepper & cumin (to taste)
Once he had all his ingredients he had me core the jalapenos. With my floral paring knife, I took to it. The goal is to take out the core but leave some seeds for maximum spice. I think I did pretty well considering it was my first time.
Once we were all chopped and ready to go we started the layering process (or as he says, "just throw it all in"). I like things tidy so I went for the layering technique. Tomatoes, onion, cilantro, green onion, , jalapeno, garlic then spices. Get it ready and just hit BLEND.
Once the blender got going I suddenly had clear senses. The spices were taking to the air and getting me ready for a chips and salsa party a la Thriving Husband!
After a few helpful stirs to get things fully blended we were done. My TH advised me to put it in the fridge for a couple hours to really let the flavor "come together". I of course made the mistake of just having one chip taste...and my tounge nearly fell off. My lips were on FIRE. Was this right? This may be the hottest thing I had ever tasted! Where had I gone wrong? He coached me through the whole thing, I had tried his blends in the past, what did I do?! He advised me to relax, it would all work out and maybe take a swig of milk. I followed his instructions and just waited...impatiently.
Alas, a mere two hours later I came into the kitchen and he was getting out my organic chips and setting up the perfect salsa party! YUM was all I could say. It was good. Hot, spicy but did not set my tounge and lips on fire in a bad way. Just kept me eating more and more!
TH Tips for the Perfect Salsa:
-"Be aware jalapenos vary in heat. The more seeds you use the hotter it will be, use caution".
-"Just you know.... if you don't like spicy, you could sweat (sear each side and place them in a bag to sweat) the peppers and take the skin off of them which will make it sweeter".
-"Salt to taste".
-"I guess that's about it".
Does your TH have any recipes you just love? Let us know about them!