Showing posts with label salsa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label salsa. Show all posts

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Roast Red Pepper Sauce

Great as a dip, as an alternative to pesto, with pasta, with chicken, with kebabs, with potato wedges. Best made a few hours or a day in advance.

Roast three whole red peppers on an oven tray for about 40 mins at 200c.

Skin them by putting them in a plastic bag for a couple of minutes so the skin goes loose and can be easily peeled off. (Make sure any juice from them goes in the pan, throw away the seeds and stalks)

Blend the pepper flesh with about 5 fl oz of water (enough so you can blend them - if you need to add more then you can just simmer for longer to reduce)

Add about a teaspoon of olive oil, some black pepper and about 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and simmer with the lid half on gently for 10-15 mins, until it is the thickness you want. Taste and add a pinch of salt and sugar as required (the sauce will get a bit sweeter anyway as flavours develop) and maybe a bit more balsamic vinegar.

Then crush and rip into small pieces a handful of basil leaves (about 6-8 big ones) and leave to cool.

(You can also roast some garlic or a red chilli with the peppers)

You might also like:

Salsa Salad

Rib Marinade

Barbecue Sauce

Stuffed Peppers

Devilled Sauce

Potato Wedges

Sticky Onions

Loaded Skins

Tomato Sauce

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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Salsa Salad

This is good at any time of year.

We usually have it with grilled chicken and tortillas to make wraps; it also goes nicely with tuna steaks or salmon fillets and new potatoes.

Serves 4

Finely chop one or two green chillies (I usually stick my hand in a sandwich bag, cut the stalk off, cut in half lengthways, scrape the seeds out and then use a rocker-chopper (mezzaluna) to chop without getting covered)

Chop finely a good big handful each of fresh parsley and fresh coriander (again I use the rocker-chopper as it's quicker)

Slice a bunch of spring onions, thin slices for the white bits, short lengths for the green bits.

Grind in some black pepper then add some lemon juice, about a tablespoon or two, you want it moist without being sloppy.

(If you are making it in advance, stop at this point and put it in the fridge. It will get too soggy if you add the cucumber and tomatoes too early)

Cut a cucumber in half longways and scrape a spoon along to take out the wet seedy centre. Then chop into small chunks. (I cut each piece into three or four lengthways and then cut across)

Cut a box of cherry tomatoes in half. (You can use big tomatoes chopped too, but they tend to be a bit too chunky if you are doing wraps, so I would serve on the side if this is what you are using)

I know this amount of chopping seems like more effort than a salad should be, but it really is worth it!

Quantities are very adaptable, it's not going to suffer if you only have two or three spring onions or fewer tomatoes for example, and the amount of chillies, parsley and coriander is very much to taste.

You might also like spicy prawn salad

Ribbon Salad

Spicy chicken drumsticks

Barbecue Ideas

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