Well, due to my laziness, I went against everyone here and didn’t pick up real garlic or red onions. I ended up staying in the house all day Sunday. Here’s what I did:
Put about a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan. Threw the vidalias and about a teaspoon of jarred garlic in there. When the onions were almost transluscent, I chucked the seeded & chopped tomatoes and the two chopped serranos (no seeds or veins) in. Cooked for a couple minutes, removed from heat. Squeezed the juice of one lime and added a big handful of chopped cilantro. Stir. Taste. Not nearly spicy enough & needed salt. Added sea salt. Taste. Too freakin salty now, but tastes good otherwise. Friend came over & tasted salsa: OOOHED and AAHHHED over it. At this point, it was way soupy. Yesterday, I strained out some of the juice, chopped up a few more tomatoes & chucked them in (did not cook them this time).
Now don’t go rolling your eyes at me. This was just a test-run. When it comes to cooking, I often fiddle and fart around with stuff until I get it the way I want it. I found that next time (probably soon) I will most certainly use red onions, real garlic and remove tomato skin (I hate the way the flesh squishes with the skins left on). I probably won’t cook any of it, either (my only reasoning behind cooking in the first place is that I find uncooked tomatoes to taste sorta icky. But I know that with the lime juice, the acidity will work the same as in a cerviche). I will use lots more peppers, maybe a variety in one batch. I’m not into burn-your-mouth, kill-the-flavor, shoot-fire-out-my-ass hot stuff, but I ain’t no wussy.
My effort (inadequate as it was) wasn’t wasted, though. The end result is similar to a fresh Rotel. I’ll probably end up using it in cooking some chicken boobs tonight. MMMMM.
Binarydrone, I’m open to more suggestions if you’re willing to supply. The question is, will I use them? Heh. Seriously, now that I’m getting a better understanding of the process, and what happens to each ingredient as they’re added, I’ll follow everyone’s suggestions in the future. And thanks to all who joined in the thread.