Our first freeze of the season caught us with six pounds of green tomatoes. These beauties are fantastic when roasted on the grill and made into green tomato salsa. I also like to can the roasted green tomatoes after being blended in the food processor. I find this is simpler and lends itself to many other recipes like roasted green tomato tortilla soup.
First place your green tomatoes on the grill and roast until nicely charred. I have a grill pan that works great for this job. You can also roast the tomatoes in the oven if you don’t have a grill.
After roasting the green tomatoes, blend them up in a food processor or blender.
Add fresh cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and onion. I like to roast the onion to give it that wonderful sweet caramelized flavor. Blend until smooth and add salt to taste.
That’s it. Serve with tostadas or over cream cheese with crackers. It is a fantastic appetizer and brings such a bright freshness to any meal.
What a great way to put a wonderful harvest of green tomatoes to good use.
So I re-read this fantastic article this week on NPR, Giving Thanks for can freeThanksgiving, http://www.npr.org/2012/11/13/165057852/giving-thanks-for-can-free-cooking?sc=emaf#commentBlock. Peter Ogburn said everything I wanted to say and included recipes.
If you are not a can free Thanksgiving person try a few new recipes and break out of the cycle. Fresh cranberry sauce is ridiculously easy and once you make fresh cranberry sauce you will never go back to that gelatinous goop that falls out of the can. Real pumpkin pie made from oven roasted pumpkins is divine and with a scoop of fresh whip cream you’ll be in heaven.
This year we are cooking a heritage breed turkey raised in New Mexico by a local farmer. For the past five years we have been cooking heritage birds that we ordered through Heritage Foods USA, http://www.heritagefoodsusa.com/, and we are hooked. I use to be one of those people who would dig for the biggest bird I could find at the market. But now since we have switched to heritage birds there is no turning back. They are not the typical 22 pounder you pick up frozen at the grocery store. Heritage birds are slower to grow and reach a nice size between 10 and 14 pounds. Much to my surprise, a 14 pound bird was more than enough to feed 8 people and have copious amounts of left overs. Plus heritage birds cook quicker and don’t require you to wake up at 4 a.m. to get the butterball in the oven. There is still time to place an order for this Thanksgiving with Heritage Foods USA. They have a fantastic selection of meats, sea food, and birds and they support local artisan farmers.
Think outside the can! Enjoy!