Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Since I have the very nice wood pellet grill and a counter full of tomatoes, I decided it was time to do some roasting.

I chose fire roasting over smoking because I was looking for the sweet/charred flavor vs. smoky. Smoking is at a lower temperature for a longer time. Worth the time if you want a deep smoke flavor.

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Guacamole Salad

Photo credit: Cook's Country website

Photo credit: Cook’s Country website

I thought this might be fun on Cinco de Mayo and I promised someone a vegetarian treat today.

The original recipe comes from Cooks Country and normally I’d just link to it, but they’re behind a paywall and I never know if you can access the information. So I’m reproducing it here.

From Cook’s Country:

Guacamole Salad

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Tasters liked the consistently sweet taste of grape tomatoes compared with other varieties. Tasters also liked the flavor of minced garlic present in many guacamole salad recipes, but thought raw onions were just too harsh, so we used scallions instead. Steeping the garlic and scallions in lime juice for a few minutes before combining them with the avocados mellowed their flavor.

We wanted plenty of peppers for crunch and bulk, but a large quantity of jalapeños made the salad too hot to eat. Milder poblanos, with just a hint of heat, were a better choice.

Serves 4 to 6

If you can’t find poblano peppers, substitute an equal number of Anaheim chiles, or a large green bell pepper mixed with up to 2 tablespoons of minced jalopeño chile.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 poblano chiles, seeded and sliced into 2-inch matchsticks
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted, skinned, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (see related Dicing Avocado tip)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

1. SALT TOMATOES Toss tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet and let drain 15 minutes.

2. MAKE DRESSING Combine scallions, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes, then slowly whisk in oil.

3. TOSS SALAD Add chiles, avocados, cilantro, and drained tomatoes to bowl with dressing and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

POBLANOS, THE RELLENO CHILES

Our recipe for Guacamole Salad calls for poblano chiles, a tapered, deep-green, medium-sized Mexican chile. They taste slightly bitter, similar to green bell peppers but with a spicier finish. Sold both fresh and dried (the dried are called anchos), they are used in many Mexican dishes, most famously in the United States in deep-fried, cheese-stuffed chiles rellenos. If you can’t find poblanos, substitute one medium green bell pepper and 1 to 2 tablespoons of minced jalapeño (about ½ chile) per poblano.