August is a wonderful time for those of us that enjoy the "fruits" of our gardens. We've harvested our rhubarb a few rounds already and the tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to pick. And we of course have lots of "papa kruit" (for green been soup). But now. something from our Mennonites south of the border. Not the yant zied border,.. the Mexican border ;-)
At the Oba Yo Test Kitchen, we don't have any tomatoes to spare, mostly because of this one recipe! It is called ..... Pico de Gallo. It's made by many of our Mennonite relations in Mexico.
The ingredients are simple and it's very fast and easy to make. It has a little heat (or you can turn it up or down as you like) but it is the fresh, clean, wholesome taste of fresh vegetables that can wake up everything else on the table. You can serve this on its own with corn chips or as a side for a Menno-Mexi flare. You will never get tired of it.
Fresh ingredients are easy to find. Tomato, sweet onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime. It's quick to make and best to serve cool -- so keep it in the fridge once it's done until serving.
Recipe: 2 cups chopped and drained tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion, 1 (or 2) finely chopped jalapenos, a "fistful" of finely chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp salt and the juice of 1 lime. Serve with tortilla chips.
Try it. You'll love it,... and you may not have much tomatoes to give away after you taste this delicious recipe!