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Mesquite Smoked Salsa

Yield 1 1/4 cups. Gas Grill Directions: Soak mesquite chips in water 30 minutes; drain. Wrap chip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mesquite chips
  • 1 head garlic
  • 5 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and separated into rings
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and cut in half lengthwise
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 15
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.5 g
  • carbohydrate 3.4 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 33 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Soak mesquite chips in water 30 minutes; drain.

  2. Peel outer skin from garlic; cut off and discard top one-third of garlic head. Place garlic (cut side up), tomato halves (cut side down), and next 3 ingredients in a grill basket.

  3. Pile charcoal on each side of grill, leaving center empty. Place a drip pan between coals. Prepare fire; let burn 10 to 15 minutes. Place half of mesquite chips on hot coals. Coat grill rack with cooking spray, and place over coals. Place grill basket on rack over drip pan; cover and cook 30 minutes. Turn vegetables, and add remaining mesquite chips to hot coals. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned.

  4. Remove vegetables from grill. Squeeze out pulp from each clove of garlic. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add garlic pulp and vegetables. Process until coarsely chopped, scraping sides of processor bowl once. Transfer vegetables to a small bowl; add cilantro, lime juice, and salt, stirring well. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Use as a dip with no-oil baked tortilla chips or as a topping for tacos or other Mexican recipes.

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