It's always nice to play grillmaster at a summer BBQ. The person who makes the killer ribs or the the perfect rib-eye is always guaranteed to make a few new friends, but ya know what else they get? Hours standing behind a hot grill under the debilitating rays of the summer sun.
There's a far easier way to raise the culinary bar at your cookout—particularly if you find yourself at the kind of party with pre-made burger patties and chips with jarred salsa.
Homemade salsa makes a world of difference, and this particular recipe only takes about five minutes of actual work.
Just roast some tomatillios, garlic, serrano peppers, and onions until charred, then blend with some cilantro, and you're all set. Roasting the veggies gives them that extra savory flavor, while the uncooked cilantro adds a kick of freshness. The final result is a salsa that's a little spicy, a little tart, a little sweet, and damn delicious.
RECIPE: Tomatillo Salsa
That time spent prepping the day before means you still get the street cred of making a killer contribution to the party, but get to kick your feet up, enjoy the fruits of your labor while getting down on some beer-garitas while you wait for the grillmaster to finish cooking your meat. Happy summer!