Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year Enabled Salsa

The ingredients in these chips are good - unlike many mainstream brands

This has been an extremely busy month.  I needed the extra day (leap year)-to make ONE blog entry for February.  Not good. 

Fresh salsa is nothing like salsa from a jar.  Some restaurants around here serve fresh salsa with their chips.  And the quality of chips also makes a difference.  If you don’t want oil and salt to dominate the flavor of your chips,  you need to purchase a premium brand.  More cost?  Not that much more costly when it’s on sale.  Stores like Woodman’s and Whole Foods often have Garden of  Eatin’ is one of the brands I use.  Expeller pressed oil, organic blue corn. are some of the ingredients in this item. 

This is a simple recipe.  You can fine tune to your taste-the main point is that it's really not difficult to make.  The nice part of salsa is that it can be totally adjusted to your taste.

2/3 c. tightly packed cilantro
2 garlic cloves
1 medium onion quartered
2 jalapeno peppers seeded
4-5 medium tomatoes quartered
1-cup organic tomato sauce
1-teaspoon balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. sugar
2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce or hot sauce (can add more if prefer a hot sauce)

Set up food processor
Add cilantro to bottom and turn food processor on
Drop garlic cloves through tube and chop until done
Stop food processor  and open
Add quartered onion (or more than quartered) and quartered tomatoes and jalapeno peppers
Pulse until about the right consistency (depends on your preference-maybe 4-5 times).

Add tomato sauce, salt, sugar, vinegar, Tabasco or hot sauce
Pule a few more times
If there is time, chill for a little while so that the ingredients blend

Serve with tortilla chips.

I'm hoping that next month I don't need an extra day to have one entry.

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