My next thought was a stovetop smoker. I found one for about $50 that got great online reviews, so I snatched it up and set it aside just for this recipe.
Well, I tried it tonight, and to my dismay, the apartment reeked of smoke 4 minutes in, to the point where my neighbour across the hall knocked on my door in concern! In embarrassment – and a little bit of fear – I quickly turned off the burner and put my smoker away, I imagine, forever.
But I still wanted to impart smoky flavor to my tomatoes for this salsa. So I put them in a skillet over low heat, covered it, and cooked for about 12 minutes until they were nice and tender – okay, so this isn’t the most authentic recipe I’ve made, but I found that it still worked.
If you do have a grill, smoke 5 whole plum tomatoes (about 2 pounds total) and one jalapeno pepper for 50 minutes over indirect heat, according to your grill’s instructions. Here's a website with a general how-to on smoking: http://bbq.about.com/cs/barbecuetips/a/aa052502a.htm
If you don’t have a grill, do as I did on the stovetop above. After 12 minutes, remove the stem for the jalapeno, then place the jalapeno and the 5 tomatoes in a food processor or blender along with one tablespoon lime juice, half a teaspoon dried marjoram and 2 minced garlic cloves. Blend until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and add one cup chopped red onion, 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro and a quarter teaspoon salt. Cover and let chill in the fridge at least 45 minutes before serving. A quarter cup of salsa is 20 calories – delicious with tortilla chips!
plum tomato $3.00
red onion $0.92