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Quemada Salsa

Recipe from: Houston Chronicle
Servings: About 3 cups

"Quemada" literally means "burnt", and that is what is done to the tomatoes and green onions, giving the salsa a smoky flavor and rich color.

1 Pound tomatoes, cored
1 Bunch green onions, trimmed and washed
½ Bunch fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
3 serrano chiles, stemmed
1 Tablespoon garlic purée
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1 Teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
½ teaspoon ground oregano
1 cup water

Place tomatoes and green onions on a hot mesquite grill (over hot coals, not flames). Pile the cilantro on top, so that it does not touch the grill. Grill the vegetables 10 to 15 minutes, or until the peppers are soft. Place the vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the serranos and sauté until the peppers are soft. Place the serranos, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until coarsely ground. Remove tomato mixture to mixing bowl and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed. In a separate bowl, mix garlic, lime juice, salt, white pepper, oregano, and water until well- blended. Add garlic mixture to ground vegetables and mix thoroughly.


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