Smoked-Tomato Salsa on the Recteq

6/27/2024 – This was the second prep. What was done in the first is shown below on 6/23/2024. This prep also turned out well and the quantities are identified a bit better. The tomatoes used were fully ripe and hence the salsa turned out a bit sweet. The jalapenos did not provide any noticeable heat.

Ingredients per Half Baking Sheet

  • half-baking sheet of tomatoes cut into 1.5-inch chunks
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers quartered, seeded, and laid on top of the tomatoes
  • 1.5 medium-sized red onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt to taste

Directions

  1. Preheated Recteq to 220°F. Smoked tomatoes and jalapeños in a baking sheet until somewhat collapsing, about 1 hour. Turned up the temp to 350°F for about 30 minutes.
  2. While smoking, place onion, cilantro, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until chopped but not fine. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. Place tomatoes, jalapeños, lemon juice, and salt in the food processor; process until slightly chunky. Transfer to bowl with onion mixture; stir to combine.

6/23/2024 – This was good and was inspired by the recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. plum tomatoes, cut into 1.5-inch chunks
  • 2 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 medium-sized red onion, coarsely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheated Recteq to 225°F. Smoke tomatoes and jalapeños, in a baking sheet until somewhat collapsing, about 1 hour. Turned up the temp to 300°F for about 30 minutes.*
  2. While smoking, placed onion, cilantro, oregano, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. Place tomatoes, jalapeños, lime juice, and salt in food processor; process until slightly chunky. Transfer to bowl with onion mixture; stir to combine. Cover; chill at least 45 minutes before serving.

Next time:

  • * After an hour, raise the temp to 350 to roast the tomatoes and peppers.
  • Try mixing in corn, ripe avocado, black beans, (smoked) bell peppers, and more.
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