On March 31, Andy Husbands from Tremont 647 came in for our Visiting Chef Series. He prepared tacos and three different salsas, with plenty of tips on how to create your own.
The key to creating (or even re-creating) a great salsa is to analyze the desired flavor profile. Salsa can be made out of anything, so it’s important to have an idea of how you want it to taste. For example, sweet and sour is a common profile. Then, identify what ingredients you want to cause those components. The sourness of lime? The sweetness of tomato? Spicy is also very common, and comes in varying degrees of intensity. For the mild end, consider onions or even black pepper. For more kick, familiarize yourself with common chili peppers. These are all classic, but don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own.
Knowing what produce is in season can help you get the most out of your salsa. Tomatoes are available all year round, but they will have the most flavor in summer. At other times, they can still be used as a base, but consider using seasonal produce as a star flavor. Acids and salt bring out the flavors in food, so they’re great ways to make your salsa pop.
No matter what you decide to do, always remember to taste your food as you prepare it!