Thursday, September 1, 2011

Roasted Blueberry Salsa

I am not sure how I decided that I needed to add blueberries to my salsa, but for some reason it had to be done.  Afterall, many people add fruit to their salsa but it is usually something like mangoes or pineapple...not berries.  My Mom said it sounded disgusting and thought I was crazy for doing such a thing, that is until she tasted it and was won over.  Every summer we get a large amount of tomatoes from my Grandpa's garden and much of that goes to making roasted chipotle salsa.  Many different things have been added to it my favorite of which is habaneros for a kick but never blueberries. 

So last week when I threw the tomatoes, onions, garlic and berries on the pan and hoped that this experiment would be delicious.  It sure smelled good...but of course it had to cool before we could properly taste it.  Once cool, I added lime, basil, and chipotle and I was right about my premonition that this would be good.  It had a deep tomato flavor with a hint of tart and sweet from the berries which lended almost a jammy note.  I had blended it pretty smooth because that is the way my Mom likes it and I was to share it with her, but I think next time I would leave it chunkier were I making it for myself.  It was perfect with some home made chips I had made in anticipation of the salsa making. My Mom admitted that it was good and I have to say, she has eaten most of it the salsa lover she is!  So if you are looking for a salsa that is a little different here is the recipe!

Roasted Tomato Blueberry Salsa
Makes about 6 cups

6 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 8ths
1 red onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves
olive oil
2 cups organic blueberries
1/2 cup fresh basil
juice of 4 limes
sea salt
1 Tbsp chopped chipotle in adobo sauce
freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp agave nectar

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees and line a sheet pan with foil.  Spread out tomatoes, onions, and garlic on sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil.  Place in the oven and roast for about 20 minutes until softened then add blueberries and continue to roast for about another 10 minutes until the berries have burst and everything is starting to caramelize and brown at edges.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Place in a food processor along with basil, lime juice, sea salt to taste, chipotle, freshly ground pepper to taste, and agave nectar.  Process to desired consistency and chill before serving. 


Anonymous said...

I love it, very creative!

Viviane Bauquet Farre said...

Amy, this recipe is wondrously atypical! The color is very attractive and I'll bet the flavor matches. Wonderful presentation - sure to please any guest!

RavieNomNoms said...

Oh wow, this is really interesting...thank you for sharing it.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

This is such a neat idea! I'll have to try and find some blueberries at the farmers market (because they taste so much better!)

Claudia said...

Never would have thought of this - and you have some chilies for heat - grand pairings.

Jesse @ Happy Go Lucky Vegan said...

What a fresh idea! I love it, and can't wait to try!

Holly Henry said...

Very different and refreshing! I'll have to give this one a try:)

Thanks so much for sharing!


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