Recipes of the Week: Salsa Verde and Roasted Tomato Compote / Salsa

The following Salsa Verde and Roasted Tomato Compote/ Salsa recipes are from blog reader Mrs. Alaska.

Mrs. Alaska’s Intro:
“As readers may imagine, an Alaskan gardener harvests a lot of green tomatoes at the end of the season. Some I store indoors in paper bags and cardboard boxes to ripen.  Some of the green ones I use right away in a favorite seasonal treat. Both recipes are variations from Ball’s Complete Book of Home Preserving. Both recipes are versatile.  Feel free to substitute alternative ingredients if you lack something.”


Quantity:  3 pints
  • 7 cups chopped green tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 5 – 10 hot peppers (like jalapeno), or mild, if preferred
  • ½ cup lemon or lime juice or vinegar
  • Include the zest (colored part of rind)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves (or substitute celery or parsley leaves)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Chop the tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic.  (If using dry peppers, soak for 30 minutes, first.  If using jarred or canned peppers, estimate a similar quantity).
  2. Dump everything in a food processor.
  3. Add the citrus juice and/or vinegar.
  4. Blend to a chunky or thin texture, as desired.
  5. Refrigerate, give away, or can to be shelf stable.
This has a nice, bright flavor.  Tasty with fish, chicken, rice, or potatoes.


Quantity:  4 pints
  • 3 lbs red tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 2 small – medium onions, chopped
  • 14 peppers, sweet, hot, or combined, to taste
  • 1 head of garlic, separated into cloves
  • 2 tsp honey or sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ + cup water OR
  • ¼ + cup vinegar
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450 or broiler setting.
  2. Drizzle the sliced or chopped vegetables with a little olive oil and then spread out one layer thick in one or more roasting pans.
  3. Depending on the size of your pieces, roast for 10 – 20 minutes.
  4. Cool.  Pour the soft vegetables into a food processor.  Blend with a bit more olive oil.  Add water to thickness desired.
  5. Blend again.
  6. Serve it as a thick compote with chicken or pork, or spread it on pizza dough (my preferred use).
    Or thin it with vinegar as a salsa. The flavor is darker and sweeter than a raw tomato salsa

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