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Roasted Datil Pepper Salsa


I enjoy creating recipes with unusual ingredients. One of my first posts was datil pepper key lime hot wings. I feel it's time to revisit datil peppers again. Datil peppers are native to the St. Augustine area. I have been trying to grow them for years. Hurricanes and other disasters always seem to destroy my plants. This year I have a plant that is producing peppers. Datils are a very hot fruity pepper.  A very little bit goes a long way. A word of CAUTION, wear gloves when handling, and never touch you eyes with the gloves.  This recipe uses one small, 3/4 inch long pepper.

Ingredients:
1 datil pepper
1 Heirloom tomato
1/2 small white onion
1 ear of corn
1 bell pepper (any color)
1/4 cup cilantro
1 to 2 tablespoons key lime juice

On a medium hot grill place all the ingredients except the cilantro.  I like to use a little oak for added smokeiness. Grill, turning frequently, until all the vegetables are grill marked and well roasted. Diced the veggies and add to a small bowl. Scrap the inside of the datil and add to the mixture.


Add the chopped cilantro and the key lime juice. Use in your favorite dish, I love eating it on fajitas, steaks, or with tortilla chips. If the salsa is too hot, add a little more lime juice. This will reduce the heat. Enjoy.

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