What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters.
Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?
Share what’s on your plate!
Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.
What’s on Amy’s Plate?
My family likes salsa. A lot. But what we really crave is good salsa, the kind that tastes like summer and begs you to eat just one more chip…even though you’ve already had three too many.
Finding the perfect salsa isn’t as easy as you would think. For years we tried countless recipes from cookbooks and foodie websites. We chopped, blended, cooked, and grew our own ingredients. Finally, I
broke down and bought jars of salsa with fancy labels and high price tags, hoping that maybe they would have that “it” factor we desired. No luck.
I gave up and went back to buying the mass-produced jars from the grocery store shelves. They were nothing special, but at least they were cheap.
Then one day, it happened. I was clicking around Good (Cheap) Eats when I came across FishMama’s Homemade Salsa. Having already tried every salsa recipe known to man, I was a bit skeptical of this one. It looked too easy, but I decided to give it a try. I didn’t know it yet, but my fruitless searching had come to an end.
I don’t exactly remember my reaction when I first tried this recipe, but I think I may have cried. If I didn’t, I should have. It’s just that good. Seriously. My family loves this stuff. Yes, I said loves. And I meant it. We love it so much that I mix up a fresh batch every week or two.
What I don’t love is the process of making it. It should be quick and easy. It doesn’t require any unusual ingredients or difficult techniques, but it gives me pain. Literally.
You see, I have very sensitive hands, and the jalapeno peppers left my fingers burning for hours. I know that I could wear gloves, but I never seem to have gloves and salsa ingredients in the house on the
same day. On top of that, I’m a bit lazy when it comes to chopping fresh herbs. Love to eat them, hate to chop them.
Still, our affection for this salsa compelled me to suffer through the making so we could enjoy the eating. Then I had a light bulb moment. My food processor! Duh. I’m still not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. Now, I no longer dread making one of my family’s favorite foods.
Here’s how I do it:
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, rinsed well
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 serrano or jalapeno chili, stem removed, finely chopped OR 1/4
teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon or lime juice
salt and pepper
Pour the tomatoes into a bowl and set aside. Cut the onion half into four pieces and pulse in the food processor about five or six times.
Slice the jalapeno off of the stem and discard the seeds, unless you prefer the heat. Cut the pepper into chunks, add it to the onion in the processor, and pulse six times. To save my poor fingers, I put a plastic baggie over my hand that will be holding the pepper.
Add the cilantro leaves to the food processor and pulse approximately six more times. You can adjust the consistency by pulsing more or less, depending on your family’s preference. Use a spatula to scrape
the mixture into the bowl with the tomatoes.
Finally, squeeze in the lime juice, sprinkle with salt, give it a stir, and taste. You may want to taste it several times before your family discovers how great it is and decides to polish it off. Just a suggestion.
Amy blogs over at Gospel Homemaking, where she encourages women to develop a heart for the gospel and a love for their homes. She spends most of her time loving her husband, driving her teenager back and forth to school, homeschooling her younger two kids, and managing her home.
What’s on YOUR Plate?
Share with us a recent meal you prepared. Either link it up below or tell us about it in the comments. Please make sure that you link to www.goodcheapeats.com in your post so others know where the dinner party is.
And don’t forget to visit the other good eaters participating today. I’m sure you will be inspired to make all sorts of Good Cheap Eats at your house.