During summer we get pretty busy around here. It makes it tough to post on anything like a consistent basis. But along with summer, what we also get are tomatoes and sweet corn. And what we do a lot during the summer is grill and BBQ. This is the perfect season to make Smoked Tomato and Corn Salsa (on a cool day when you can keep the smoker temperature down) from Charcuterie.
These beautiful tomatoes were fresh out of my dad’s garden. We’ve had a hot summer, but disconcertingly dry. That didn’t seem to negatively impact these guys. Rich dark red fruit like this puts that garbage they sell in the grocery stores to shame.
Our local sweet corn suffered from the dry weather, though, but I did manage to find some good examples of Midwestern sweet corn. Even in drought weather, our corn is still some of the best in the world.
The tomatoes were processed “lightly” in a food processor with some garlic. The corn was added, mixed with some lime juice, lemon zest, cilantro, mint, and a little Serrano chili pepper, and seasoned with a little salt and pepper. Pretty simple, really. And really, really good.