Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is the ultimate side and/ or condiment. Salsa has become one of the top American condiments and dips. If you like any jarred salsa, then you just have to try this easy Pico, which is an uncooked salsa. Lately i've gone a little crazy with it, topping not just tortilla chips but burgers and dogs, pizza, and even mixing it into tuna and chicken salad. It will add freshness, some texture, a little (or a lot of heat), and most of all, great taste! Please note that while i use plumb tomatoes in my recipe, your favorite tomato is just fine. I like the plumb tomatoes because the meat is firm, they are easy to prep, and they seem to hold up to the lime juice without breaking down too quickly. Also Any onion can be used, and purple onions work well also. This is a large quantity recipe, can be halved easily enough to try.

1 Lime
1 Tsp Sugar
2-3 Jalapenos - diced about 3-4 tbsp. Seeds optional for heat
8-10 Plumb Tomatoes
1 Vidalia Onion, Large, Diced to preference.
Fresh Cilantro
Salt and Pepper to Taste

In a large bowl, zest and juice the lime. I add a dash of salt, about a tsp of black pepper for my taste (like the bite) and the sugar.Give everything a quick whisk. The tomatoes will take a little time, but this method is well worth it. I use a small knife to cut the stem area out, a small cone will usually do. Next, cut all the tomatoes in half lengthwise. Over the sink, use your fingers or a spoon to take out the seeds and pulp, leaving the firm outer flesh of the tomato. I slice ribbons lengthwise and then across to dice the tomato. If you like it chunky, go big dice. Like it fine, go small. Your Pico, Your Choice! Add to the lime juice. Add the chopped onion. I am usually looking for the onion to tomato ratio to be a little more than half. I prefer just slightly more tomato than onion, but its your call. I take a good handful of washed  & dried cilantro and chop fine, add to the bowl. I dice the jalapenos last, so if i get pepper juice on my hands, and i do every time, i am not burning my own eyes out until the end. Toss well. Best taste will come after sitting in fridge for a while for flavors to blend.


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