Spring is here in Ohio for good! My wife and I took the opportunity last week to enjoy the warmer morning weather at a local arboretum. Cox Arboretum is a great place to visit in Dayton, Ohio, especially as flowers begin to bloom. We stopped at Starbucks to get her some coffee (they were close by), and also tried their new breakfast sandwiches. I’ll let you decide for yourself what you think of them, but I’d advise just getting an egg mcmuffin. That didn’t dampen the mood of the day, though.
The good weather had me wanting to fix something quick and easy, and, several month ago, I said I was going to do a monthly Tyler Florence recipe, so I decided to finally make one.
Out of all the recipes in “Dinner At My Place” by Tyler Florence, my wife selected the one she wanted me to try first, and it’s likely the simplest of all the recipes in the entire book… San Marzano “Quick” Salsa. And it is quick, simple, easy, but pretty good.
The ingredients are even simple:
- 1 28-ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes
- 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 serrano chile (I used a whole one)
- 1/4 bunch of fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup olive oil (I used half of this)
- the juice of 2 limes
- salt and pepper
That’s it! Very simple. My food processor is small, so I did the salsa in 2 parts. There’s not much to think through, just put the ingredients in the food processor, and hit the pulse button, with the blade in the food processor.
I didn’t use any of the extra juice from the tomatoes for the salsa, but you can if you want it more watery. It’s not a chunky salsa, but the flavor is actually very good.
I made this twice so far, just because it’s so simple and still tastes great. The second time, I couldn’t find a serrano chile, so I got a jalapeno chile instead. It worked just fine, but I think the serrano gives a deeper flavor, while neither are hot. For hotter salsa, just add more chile!
My wife made the chips to go with the salsa. She simply cut tortillas up, put them on a cookie sheet and lightly spritzed with some oil, added a touch of salt, and baked at 350 degrees F for a 12-15 minutes, watching closely to make sure they didn’t burn. I really like these chips, as they aren’t all the badness of the bags of chips, and the crunch is really nice.
The salsa also worked great on turkey tacos! The shells were the worst part of the tacos, as we used very little cheese, lowfat ground turkey, chopped olives and just touch of sour cream. I figured that 2 tacos were about 11 points total, which isn’t bad for a dinner at all. Using the salsa really helped, as it added a freshness without adding the stuff I don’t need!
If I’d chosen this as the recipe to start with, I would have felt I chickened out, as there was no cooking involved. But my wife chose it, and it turned out really very good. This is a good go-to salsa recipe. The cilantro and lime juice are great in it. I did try some non-San Marzano tomatoes, and I could tell a bit of a difference, but I don’t know if it’s enough to care about; had I not tried them side by side, I probably wouldn’t have known.
So what’s my next Tyler Florence recipe? I’m not sure, but I’ll pick something for next month. Say what you like about TF, I’ve found his recipes to be very good. If you have any TF recipes you’ve wanted to try, let me know; I’ll add them to my list!