Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pico de Gallo

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Our plans for the weekend are in place, and, despite predictions of heavy rains, we plan to soldier on. We'll simply move everything, save for grilling, inside. Should you drive by and look up the hill, you'll see a huge umbrella on the deck of the topmost house. We'll be the folks you see grilling under its protective cover. I've planned two themed meals for the holiday. I'm leaving the third in the hands of the kitchen gods and praying they'll be kind to me. I've been working on condiments for the Mexican-style meal I've planned for tomorrow night. If all goes according to Hoyle, we'll be having fish tacos and fajitas along with numerous sides and sundry Southwestern fixin's. I thought this weekend would be an ideal time to add some of these condiments to my recipe collection. Fast and simple has real appeal to me on these long holiday weekends. I hope it does for you as well. I realize that you can buy any of the condiments I'll be featuring, but I've always had a quiet chuckle when I see "fresh" pico de gallo or "fresh" mango salsa with an expiration date stamped on their containers. Tomatoes are still being imported here. They look very anemic, so I've been ripening them in a brown paper bag, hoping to get better color and flavor for the salsas I'm preparing. The technique helps, but it will never replace the blood red color and sweet flavor of garden grown tomatoes. We make do. Pico de gallo is a fresh tomato salsa that is served with many Mexican dishes. It is very easy to make and homemade versions have far more flavor than anything that can be purchased in the supermarket. A recipe is needed only to list the ingredients required to make the salsa. The directions can be summed up in three words, chop, combine and chill. That, literally, is all there is to it. Here's the recipe.

Pico de Gallo...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1- 1/2 cups seeded, diced tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon diced jalapenos
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons cilantro, plus extra for garnish
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Yield: 2 cups.

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Anonymous said...

I do hope that the weather holds out for your grilling. My hubby would be the same with an umbrella over his coals. Your Pico de Gallo looks fabulous.
I put "anaemic" tomatoes on the windowsills for a short while, the warmth brightens their skin and flesh beautifully.
Enjoy your holiday celebrations.
:-) Mandy

Jann said...

Well, it sounds like you have a great plan for the weekend and some delicious Pico de gallo to go along with everything. It truly is difficult to find the perfect tomato unless you have a garden and they are ready to be picked! I actually picked three 5 gallons of tomatoes that a grower was giving away for 1$ a bucket~they had no workers this season. Gov't clamping down....anyway. we picked those PERFECT tomatoes.....vine ripe ,red and juicy!

~~louise~~ said...

Wishing you sunshine this weekend, Mary:)

I can't wait to make "fresh" Pico de Gallo with home grown tomatoes. Yours looks seasonally fresh and perfect for the festivities no matter what the weather!!!

Unknown said...

I hope you have a fabulous Memorial weekend Mary! I just bookmarked this Pico de Gallo : ) Can't wait to try it!

Anna said...

let's trade weather! although it may be too hot here in texas for a cookout. we're not really wanting to move heavy boxes in 100+ degree weather. Whoo! big fan of the southwestern theme - i've experienced such incredible food of this description here in TX - gonna miss it! i'll have to try your recipes when i'm gone :D :D

Unknown said...

That pico de gallo looks so lovely, Mary! I will send as much good weather your way as I possibly can.. it's going to be sunny and hot hot hot all weekend, I don't mind sharing at all :)
Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

Gloria Baker said...

Mary this look specially nice ands tasty! Love the recipe, xxxxgloria

Anonymous said...

First off, i just discovered your blog and love it and I luv, luv your header. The salsa looks delish and is a must try. Good luck with the weather holding out for your grilling.

Tiggeriffic said...

Thanks for the nice comments and taking a look at my blog.. Since I have returned from Sweden I have been so busy and not able to do any posting..
I copied down your Pico De Gallo salsa receipe~~ well make and take to our memorial cook-out at my daughters.. It looks so good.
Have a Tiggeriffic week-end~~ ta ta for now..from Iowa:0

Faith said...

What a beautiful and flavorful condiment. I bet it would be great on so many things, or even with corn chips. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Mary!

My Unfinished Life said...

wow..thats a damn easy one to make!!!!!!

Cooking Gallery said...

I love coming here because your recipes are often simple yet beautiful and delicious!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This looks good and perfect for the holiday weekend! All I want to do is snack! ♥

linksdistodaquilo said...

Loved your blog.

Unknown said...

I was wondering what "Pico de Gallo" was! "Gallo" in Italian means rooster so I thought it was a chicken dish. But instead a very nice salsa! Yes, I can't wait for my garden tomatoes too!

teresa said...

i adore pico de gallo, i could eat it all by itself. this looks amazing!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mary,

Looks like you have a great weekend planned and hope that the weather is lovely for you. the pico de gallo will be delicious and thanks for sharing the recipe.

Happy weekend

mickeyrenee said...

Thank you for checking out my blog ( and leaving such a nice comment. I am enjoying going through all of your recipes as well! This pico de gallo looks spectacular. I already bookmarked it for when my tomatoes are ready from my garden this summer.

Ellen Whyte said...

I love this stuff and could eat it all day long.... YUMMY!

Maria said...

Hope you are enjoying the long weekend! This dish has such beautiful flavours and colour!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, I agree. Salsa and hummus and the like are sooo much better homemade. It really is not difficult and so much easier on the wallet. Blessings, Catherine xo

Lynda - TasteFood said...

I make my own salsas, too. This recipe is perfectly simple and spot on. Have a great holiday!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Linda, I could find no way to directly connect with you. I just wanted to welcome you to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll become a regular. Blessings...Mary

Elisabeth said...

Another perfect winner...Pico de Gallo! Again, this is the most perfect and simply delicious, fabulous, just like your mango salsa:DDD

Elaine said...

I make salsa a lot at our house and particularly pico de gallo. The only difference is I use white or yellow onions and serrano peppers. I pretty much use serrano peppers as a substitution for jalapeno in almost every Mexican dish I make. Hope you didn't get too much rain!

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