Yesterday I met a friend at a Mexican Restaurant. A basket of freshly made corn chips arrived at the table, accompanied by two small bowls of salsa. One of the salsas was spicier than the other, we figured and began munching away. Neither of us had eaten much throughout the day so we were hangry! I am talking, hide your small child, get out of our way, woman-hangry! If you do not know, Dear Readers, when a woman is hangry, I suggest tucking your arms and hands under the safety bar because it is the only way to keep them safe. (The only time I will feed myself before one of my daughters or my husband is when I am woman-hangry.) There is nothing that makes you more hangry than really good chips and salsa. Have you ever noticed that? The more you eat, the more you want! (Well, it does that to me anyway.) Really good chips and salsa does that. I'm talking, freshly fried chips, so thin you can nearly read through them and salsa that is just the right amount of texture and spice. Salsa whose seasoning is so perfectly balanced, I did not choke on the peppers until my second helping of it. Chips and salsa so good, you could care less about the rest of the menu because now you would rather eat just that.
Our server came to take our order and we were so absorbed in our conversation and the chips and salsa, we barely noticed him. He stood there, patiently watching us devour the munchies like we were at a Las Vegas, $9.99 buffet! You know what I'm talking about. The type of buffet where you make your husband wait to eat so he can follow along behind you because you plan to cram your plate so full, you will make him carry it back to the table so he looks like the glutton and not you. That Las Vegas buffet. Once we finally noticed our server, I looked up and shamelessly said, 'We need more chips and salsa please. In fact, we want you to know ahead of time, we will need more chips and salsa, often.' He laughed and said, 'No problem. Let me get that for you right away.' What a lovely thing to say...
After our third refill, I asked 'What am I tasting? I cook for a living and I am having trouble deconstructing this salsa. I taste lime, tomato, chilis and cilantro but what else?' Our server told me they roast all the vegetables, peppers and chilis used in the salsa. One is left chunky and one is made smoother with extra jalapeños. I had an "A Ha" moment! Roasting the salsa ingredients! Ole! I thought to myself! I can do that! It made me think about Salsa Romesco (the recipe is on my Recipes page) and how the chilis used in that are roasted. Roasting really enriches the flavor of ingredients and I can do that! Guess what? So can you Dear Readers!
Now, don't hate me, but I have not sorted out a recipe for Roasted Salsa just yet, but I will. (Geez you're impatient! I just tasted Roasted Salsa last night after all!) I promise, I will sort out a recipe and when I do, I will share it here.
Do you have a recipe for Roasted Salsa to share in the comments section to tide us over until I too can create and share one? Pretty please with chips on top?
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