Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pico de Gallo for a Saving Summer #SundaySupper



I loved the whole idea of doing a Sunday Supper around saving the wonderful bounty of summer. For the last few years I have grown my own tomatoes, and love doing it. There is just something so satisfying about growing your own food, and then using it in a dish. I have grown peppers the last two years, but my tomatoes have always been my #1 favorite. We love tomatoes just about any way you can prepare them. Fresh, roasted, grilled, smoked, you name it and we will eat it!


It is actually kind of funny that I feel the way I do about tomatoes now because growing up I despised, and mean with a passion I despised them. My Mom got so frustrated with my tomato boycott that she actually sat me down at the table and made me eat a cherry tomato. Oh I fought it for quite some time, but finally gave in when she told me that I couldn't leave the table until I ate it. Soooooo I ate one, and it did't stay down long. After that my Mom left me alone when it came to my tomato aversion.

There is actually a song by Mason Williams entitled "Tomato Vendetta" and it made me laugh every time I heard it....

This song’s about the Tomato Vendetta,
and the tale of a man who let a
Hate for tomatoes cause him strife,
He lost his job, wife, home, car, kids, and life.

He’d go downtown to buy some groceries,
He went because his family was hungry,
He always bought red meat and potatoes
But he wouldn’t touch those ugly tomatoes…

He didn’t know why he hated tomatoes,
They were just as ugly as far as ugly goes,
There in the store, when no-one was watchin’,
He’d set melons on them and laugh at their squashin’.

One night after shopping and on his way home,
His loathing for tomatoes cut to the bone,
He just couldn’t stand the strain any more,
He vowed to destroy the Tomato Horde.

He turned around, and viciously hopin’
The grocery stores would still be open,
His eyes grew cold, for he was a man,
Whose Moment of Truth lay close at hand.

All over town, in every store,
Tomatoes were hurt and spilled on the floor,
Big melons, and turkeys, and large sacks of grits,
Were dumped on their sections to mash them to bits.

At the last store he finished his plan,
But on his way out, a delivery van,
Full of big ripe Tomatoes drove in and hit him,
Tomato Vendetta had claimed its victim.

The incident of the Tomato Vendetta,
Caused a sensation that was something that the
Public could relish, and readily snatch-up,
Popularly known as the t-o-m-a-t-o k-e-t-c-h-u-p….



But in my adult years I have learned to love those fresh little read balls of joy, and coming from Southern California one of my absolute favorite ways to nosh on them was in fresh pico de gallo. Oh boy, I can't even imagine how much pico and tortilla chips I have put down over the years. I could actually make a meal of it if I had to. Give me an ice cold Corona, fresh tortilla chips, and some of this gorgeous pico de gallo and I am one happy camper!!



Pico de Gallo

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/09/2014
Pico de Gallo

Ingredients

  • 6 vine ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 4 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Place in pint jars, making sure the lids are tight.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: Approx 2 pints
Prep Time: 01 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 15 mins.
Tags: tomato, white onion, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime, #sundaysupper, Sauces and Spices, Appetizers and Starters

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51 comments:

  1. "It didn't stay down long." Oh, my, Bobbi! What a story! And to think that you love tomatoes so much now. I'm curious about what made you try them again after that! Pico de gallo is one of my favorite things too. Yours looks so fresh and wonderful! Pass the chips, please.

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  2. Amanda BoyarshinovAugust 10, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    I love the smell of cilantro in my cooking and on my plate. Add some black beans and you have a meal!

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  3. Oh my goodness look at how bright and fresh and colorful and vibrant your pico de gallo is - wow! I'd want to gobble up a whole jar of it.

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  4. I've never heard the tomato vendetta song but it was funny. Glad you enjoy them now, and your pico de gallo is so beautiful!!!

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  5. Ha ha Love the song! Your salsa looks delish! Chips and salsa are one of my all time favorite snacks!

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  6. LOL, on the tomato aversion!! II was super picky growing up to, didn't like lots of stuff including tomato sauce (my post of today)!!! Now I can't get enough of them. I love your pico de gallo and would eat that whole bowl myself!!

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  7. Oh, I adore pico de gallo with chips, too! Please pass me a bowl of yours!!!!

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  8. I love this, give me some chips I love to have some now :)

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  9. Okay, chips and pico de gallo...not sure if there is many things better than that :)

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  10. Nothing like some fresh pico de gallo in the summertime!

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  11. I have to keep myself from doing just that Renee :)

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  12. Oh I totally agree, i just love how this pico smells!

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  13. You know Stacy, I am not really sure. I think when I started trying to cook healthier I decided to give them a try again. I learned that if I seeded them and just ate the flesh I like the taste. Then began roasting them, and now I love them raw.

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  14. I love a good pico de gallo and this looks fabulous. Great job Bobbi! :)

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  15. What a great song! I am funny about tomatoes - I love them mostly, but I hate biting into cherry tomatoes - something about the seeds! Your pico de gallo looks absolutely delightful!

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  16. I make poblano pesto at times. A bit less heat than Hatches, but the good flavor of poblanos.

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  17. I love poblanos, they would make an awesome pesto too!

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  18. Oh thank you so much for sharing your recipe for Pico de Gallo! Just bought some at Whole Foods this week at $7.00 a pint! Ouch! And it wasn't that good. I have just GOT to make this since I love Pico soooooo much! Thank you!
    Roz

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  19. That was a funny story!!! Your pico de gallo looks delicious. So fresh and yummy!

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  20. Confessions of a Culinary DivaAugust 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I've never heard that song, I'm going to have to look for it.
    I LOVE tomatoes and always have. I can't wait for our fall season when I can start growing them again. Lovely Pico de Gallo -

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  21. I love pico de gallo! So simple, but so wonderful!

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  22. Perfect recipe! I made this today for my kids and they ate it with carrots and pitas! Yummy, yummy!

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  23. Hehe there is a video of a woman singing it on Youtube

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  24. I know, it is crazy how much they charge for it, and it is super easy to make :) so go for it!!

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  25. Not meaning to be gross, but when I was a kid I called the "squish" when you bight into a tomato...tomato snot LOL

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  26. Shanaka Mama Bee DoesAugust 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    I've never heard that song before. I've never attempted to make Pico de Gallo before either.

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  27. Break out the freshly fried tortilla chips!

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  28. Do you have a cookbook?

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  29. No, not yet Diana, but I am working on one. One of my cookie recipes will be in a cookbook the end of this summer. I am working with several different bloggers to put together a small e-cookbook :)

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  30. I don't have a color printer but the pesto looked fabulous. It would be great also if you could do groups of cards. I seriously believe you could sell a real cookbook. I know some people rely totally on computers but I know a lot of cooks that still use cookbooks. All of your things look FABULOUS!

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  31. Thanks so much Diana!! That means a lot to me :)

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  32. Fantastic! I'm headed out the door to buy some chips for dinner... this is amazing!!

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  33. Sarah | Curious CuisiniereAugust 14, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    I would have never thought to make your own pico de gallo. This is perfect for when the chip and dip craving strikes!

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  34. Julie @ Texan New YorkerAugust 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    LOVE pico de gallo!! One of my favorite condiments ever. Thanks for posting this!

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  35. I had to come up with a recipe because my kids were eating all of the food budget in pico LOL

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