Sunday, June 23, 2013

Quick Pico de Gallo with a Twist

OK the only real twists here involve substitutions that enhance this most standard of Mexican relishes/condiments. Using sweet grape tomatoes instead of larger fruit pumps up the flavor, as does shredded lovage leaves. So nix the cilantro for one night and try this: slice in half or quarters one pint of rinsed grape tomatoes. Throw in a mixing bowl along with 1 small diced onion, 1 large minced jalapeno pepper (or two serrano peppers), juice of 1/2 a large lime, salt and black pepper to taste and about 1-2 T. shredded lovage leaves. (In case you haven't visited Cafe Drake HRV online in awhile, we're smitten with lovage, an easily grown herb with a deep, complex flavor somewhere between celery and curry powder. The emperor Charlemagne once decreed it be grown in all imperial gardens). Stir well and chill until ready to serve.

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