As summer is coming to an end, we are trying to find every way possible to keep those last bits alive as long as we can. One way to do that: homemade šalša.
A traditional Dalmatian dish in the summer when tomatoes are overflowing and ripe, šalša is a classic throughout the coast. Although there can be different variations depending on the parts you live in, šalša is very simple to make and only requires a few main ingredients: tomatoes, onions, garlic.
In an effort to keep the smell and taste of summer alive year round, šalša is easy to make in advance to store for those cold winter days when you need a touch of heat.
Dobra Hrana has prepared their recipe and video on their version of classic, homemade šalša.
2 kg of ripe plum tomatoes
3 large onions (roughly chopped)
3-4 cloves of garlic
some sugar (if sauce is sour)
chili peppers for spiciness (optional)
Wash the tomatoes, then cut a small “x” on the bottom of the tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes in boiling water to easily peel the skin off of the tomatoes. Drain the tomatoes and put them under cold water to avoid scalding, then peel. Slice the tomatoes into small cubes. Heat a pan with 1ml olive oil. When the oil is hot, mix in the roughly chopped red onion and when they start to lightly brown, put in the garlic. When everything is permeated, add in the tomatoes. Cook until the water evaporates from the pan. Your sauce consistency can be more liquidy and smooth, or you can leave it chunky – whichever is desired. Finally, season with salt, pepper and sugar (if sour) and cook for another few minutes. Add fresh herbs.