For those summer shrimp boils, fish-fries and other opportunities to get together with friends, here are some easy recipes for Do It Yourself fast and fresh condiments.
For those summer shrimp boils, fish-fries and other opportunities to get together with friends, such as the 4th of July in Fernandina Beach, here are some easy recipes for Do It Yourself fast and fresh condiments.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Yields about 3 cups
This slightly spicy salsa is best made with meaty tomatoes such as plum or beefsteak.
4 cups seeded and diced fresh tomatoes (3 large tomatoes)
1 cup small diced white or sweet onion (1 medium onion)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2-3 Serrano chiles, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Combine the tomatoes, onion, lime juice, Serranos, cilantro, and 2 tsp. salt in a large bowl. Mix well, cover, and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Season to taste with salt, lime juice or cilantro. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. (Strain before using if it becomes to juicy)
Classic Tartar Sauce
This tartar sauce is easy to make and much better than store bought.
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. minced red onion
2 Tbs. sweet pickle or dill pickle relish
2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 Tbs. capers, drained, rinsed, and chopped
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise, red onion, relish, parsley, capers, and lemon juice. Season to taste. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Cocktail Sauce with Red Onion and Jalapeno
Yields 1 cups
1 cup ketchup
1 cup chili sauce
1 cup grated red onion
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh jalapeno
3 Tbs. prepared horseradish
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Chill, covered, until ready to use. This sauce is best made a day in advance and keeps well for up to a week. Just before serving, taste and add more lemon juice and salt as needed.