Tomorrow my friends and I are firemanning. If you don’t know what that is, it’s because we invented it. I’ll explain….
A new fire station recently opened in my neighborhood. In an attempt to get the community excited about the bright red trucks barreling down the street, sirens blaring, upsetting every dog within miles, they’re holding an open house.
“You know they’re not holding an open house to give toddlers a look at their ladders,” My text invitation to my friends read. Never have I received such prompt RSVPs from a pack of non-committal-let-me-see-if-I-get-a-better-offer 30 somethings in my life. Texts came streaming in along the lines of, “Firemen? Yes please!” and “OBVIOUSLY.”
Before we walk over to the station to look at their poles or whatever, we’re going to have some snacks. Spicy red salsa seems like the perfect pairing for the event, so I’m going to put on a little 911 by Wyclef and Mary J and get to work making my simple salsa.
If you wanna make some for yourself, the recipe is below.
28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/3 C of cilantro, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
One medium onion
1/4 C jalapeno slices with juice (or 1/8 C if you don’t like things too spicy)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 tsp of chili flakes
Peel the onion and dice it into quarters. Add the onion to the food processor to dice it. Add 1/3 C of cilantro, jalapeños, a pinch of salt, and the tomatoes to the food processor. Puree until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves and the chili flakes. Stir with a spoon.
It will taste like an unimpressive mess of onions and tomatoes at this point, so you’ll need to let the flavors marry in the refrigerator overnight. (At the very least, give them 8 hours for a civil ceremony or whatever.) Tomorrow you can dip some chips in your salsa, so just be patient. In fact, if you have the time to let the ingredients take a honeymoon, the salsa will taste even better in a week when the ingredients have broken down further.
If you don’t have a food processor, a blender will work. Just make sure you add the tomatoes first so that the juice is on the bottom of the blender. It will not yield the same consistency, but it will suffice.