Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Homemade Pico de Gallo
Whenever we have a gathering my husband always asks me to make my homemade Pico de Gallo. Even the kids love it.
I am well aware that there are several recipes like this out there on the web. I promise this recipe is my very own- I made it up one summer afternoon years ago in my kitchen with absolutely no help from any cookbooks or Internet sites. So if it is similar to another, that is pure coincidence. My mother also makes a similar recipe, but she adds a small amount of garlic to hers.
I do not measure anything with this recipe- it is all according to personal taste.
Serves: 4-6 as an appetizer
3-4 large fresh tomatoes
1 medium purple onion
juice from 1 lime
large bunch fresh cilantro
Cut or dice each veggie the size you want it. I chop them as small as I can stand to, with the onion being the smallest. I also sometimes only add in half the onion depending on how much tomato I use. It really is all according to taste. We like it pretty spicy so we use a whole jalapeno with the seeds. If I know the kids are going to be eating a lot I will cut back on the heat for them. Once all the veggies are added, squeeze the fresh lime juice over top.
As for the salt- I add about a teaspoon to start with and adjust that if needed. Remember- you can always add more salt but you can't take it away once you have too much. Mix well.
To pack it up and take it over to our friends' I used a Ball jar. It looks so pretty in a jar, and if you are going to a party you could even dress up the jar with ribbon or some sort of decoration for the occasion.
The trick with this recipe to make sure you have the freshest ingredients you can find. The fresher, the better.