It feels good to get back in the kitchen! I was inspired (and finally had time) to take a shot at canning after visiting my brother and sister-in-law’s house. She had canned cases of fresh tomatoes, greens beans, and beets all that came straight from the farmer. They sent us home with with one of each. I thought I would take a shot with the abundance of green tomatoes I have in the garden. The tomatoes are ripening at a slow pace and I am afraid a frost is going to ruin them before we can eat them up. I have the same issue every year, last year I created this salsa verde recipe in an effort to save the green tomatoes. It turned out great and used up a fair amount of the tomatoes. All the ingredients I used were either from the garden or the farmer, except the canned green chilies obviously. I had a those leftover from when my sister made the green chili chicken last week.
- 5 large green tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 small can diced green chilies
- 3T tequila
- 1 T each basil, cilantro, chives, minced
- cayenne pepper to taste
- 1 t salt
- Combine all in a saucepan.
- Bring up to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 50 minutes.
This salsa verde is great straight up with chips, though my favorite way to use it as a sauce for enchiladas. Vegetable enchiladas are a great way to use up vegetables we get in the CSA. I sauté them, mix with cheese, roll in corn tortillas and spread this sauce on top. Top the whole thing with cheese and bake. Even the kids eat them up.
Taking a boil bath.
Chillin’ on the counter.
I made a double batch so that I could can them, got three jars canned with enough left to eat this week. The process of canning wasn’t difficult, though it it a bit time consuming. I order this Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit from Amazon to get started. The starter cookbook and basket were the perfect thing to get me going. We even did a trade this weekend with friends that had made some pickled vegetables. Using all these home canned vegetables this winter will be a treat over the store bought. Now I think I am confident enough to take on some new recipes and bigger batches.