Monday, December 5, 2016
If you've never heard of it, Ro*Tel is just a little can of zingy, spicy, put-a-pep-in-your-step diced tomatoes with diced green chillies. Yup, that's it, but the addition of this simple concoction perks up most "normal" recipes. I've used it to develop a squash recipe; added it to a low-carb Mexican soup to replace the volume of tortillas and to spice things up enough to call the soup Mexican Pho; used it to make a quick Mexican-like casserole; stirred it into a jar of store-bought salsa to make it fresher tasting; and cooked it in a frittata and many a breakfast casserole. Why, I've even mixed it with lentils for a spicy anytime side to grilled meats.
Ro*Tel is so popular, that the awesome Roy Blount Jr.wrote about it in his "End of the Line" column for "Garden & Gun" magazine.
Here's one of my recipes for squash with Ro*Tel:
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
2 c chopped sweet yellow onions
12 c yellow squash (cut into thick slices or 2" batons)
2 (10 oz) cans Ro*Tel Original
1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped