Nov 25, 2010

Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa

Let me start by saying Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! May your Thanksgiving be blessed with overflowing love and laughter. And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs! (winks)

It dawned on me that there’s no fresh salsa recipe on my site.

It actually really surprised me since it’s my favorite thing to snack on during Saturday night. We go through huge bowls of salsa, guacamole and chile con queso and a couple of bags Doritos on that evening. Bad, I know, but I like to dip to my heart’s content during Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Glee.

Those are happy times. What can I say? I’ve always been a home buddy and really don’t like partying that much, so we’ll party at home.

Here’s my foolproof and easy salsa recipe. You can whip this up in under 5 minutes. It’s a definite crowd pleaser so feel free to double or triple the amount for New Year’s Eve!


Ingredients:

1 can diced tomatoes (14oz)
1 medium shallot
1 medium tomato
Jalapeños (canned)
1 garlic clove
coriander or Italian parsley
juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
sprinkling sugar


Directions:

I always use shallots. They add a far better flavor to the salsa because they’re almost like a mix between red onion and garlic. Coarsely chop it.
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My tomato was huge, so I’ve only used half. Give it a coarse chop as well.
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Grate the garlic first. Last thing you want is biting down on a big hunk of garlic.
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Fresh jalapeños are hard to come by here, but I doubt I would have used them anyway. The canned ones really blend into the salsa.

I used quite a few slices; the equivalent of 2 jalapeños. Salsa needs a bit of heat and zing.
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Transfer everything to a food processor or mini chopper. You could also chop everything by hand but this is easier.
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Add the salt ( like it a bit salty, cut down on the salt of you don’t), a pinch of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes and the ground cumin.
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Pour in the diced tomatoes.
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Squeeze in the fresh lime juice and add the cilantro or parsley.
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Now you don’t want everything to be too chunky but you also don’t want to puree it.
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To mince it but still keep a bit of structure in there as well, you blitz no more than 5 to 6 times. If you want to puree the heck out of it, keep your finger on that blitz button until you can drink it with a straw!
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Serve with an indecent amount of Doritos and enjoy. I just love how something so easy and healthy can be so darn flavorful and colorful!
Fresh Salsa

Fresh Salsa
Ingredients
    1 can diced tomatoes (14oz)
    1 medium shallot
    1 medium tomato
    Jalapeños (canned)
    1 garlic clove
    coriander or Italian parsley
    juice of 1/2 a lime
    1/4 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp salt
    sprinkling sugar
Directions
    Coarsely chop the shallot, tomato and grate the garlic. Put them in a food processor. Add the can diced tomatoes, jalapeños, salt, cumin, pinch of sugar and garlic.

    Squeeze in the lime juice. Top with a good handful cilantro or Italian parsley and blitz 5 or 6 times.

    Chill for atleast an hour and serve with lots of Doritos.
Meal type: sauce/snack
Servings: 4
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Nov 8, 2010

Bombay Breakfast Potatoes

This is a Jamie Oliver recipe. Well, at least it was until I got my hands on it. Mea culpa. Glanced over the recipe and simply had to cook it up. Okay, so I admit I forgot all about it until I cleaned out my recipe database last week and ran into it again. Put it on my to-do list, tweaked the heck out of it and cooked them up…