Thursday, June 30, 2011

Some Like it Hot!

I have recently discovered my love for homemade salsa...and for making it!

You see, I recently received a manual food processor from this awesome parent, who also happens to be a Pampered Chef representative!  I have seriously used it almost every single day.  By just cutting a tomato in half and then fours, you can dice it into a salsa!  I have used it for omelet filling too.  It works really well!

My first salsa attempt was a little spicy because I added the whole recommended jalapeno, but yummy for my I-like-it-hot taste buds.  (Did I ever tell you that I once signed a waiver to try a hot sauce and ended up burning my esophagus?  True story!)  I also made a delicious peach-mango salsa that was for the milder ones in the crowd. 

The tomato salsa was a real crowd-pleaser, spiciness and all.  Even the kiddos liked it.  Now that I've learned how to make it hot, medium, or mild, I think it will be a little easier to keep everyone happy (and not panting!)

I started out following a recipe, but have since tweaked it to make it my own.  Here it is!

PS:  I don't really measure.  Shhhh....don't tell my middle school home economics teacher!

Tomato Salsa

3 average-sized tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic (I use the minced in a can and it is perfectly fine!)
1/2 a cup of fresh cilantro leaves (definitely go fresh on this one)
1/2 to 3/4 of a small onion
1/2 a jalapeno pepper (add more for spicy, less for mild.  1/2 is what I call medium)
a few shakes of salt (I told you I don't measure!!)
splash of lemon juice

If you have a handy-dandy food processor, throw all of that into the processor and go to town!  If you don't, then I suggest you go here and buy one.  You won't regret it!  :)  I guess you could do it in a blender, but the food processor I have is a whole lot easier and much less to clean.  Even more difficult, I suppose you could hand-chop and mince all of this...no thanks!!

See the finished product? 

 

Stored in a Lock and Lock container, of course!  (These days, that's pretty much a given!)  The pictures don't do it justice.  It is yuuuuuummy!

***I received no compensation for this post.  I just figured that you might like to get a yummy salsa recipe...and a nice food processor, if you're in the market!

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