Friday, December 26, 2008

now you, too, can make cranberry salsa

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And you should, because it's absolutely wonderful!

I got this recipe a couple weeks back from my friend Melanie who made it for a church function. I stalked her for weeks offering everything from my first born to free babysitting if she would only share the recipe. Finally, she said, "Fine, fine, Amie, all right, I'll give you the recipe. Now would you please stop camping out on my front porch?"

I've been pretty much obsessing about it ever since--which is normal for me regarding anything cranberry related. This doesn't taste like a regular spicy, tomato-based salsa. It's main components are tart fruits, but its a great combo and easy to make. Super yummy with lime-flavored tortilla chips, but any chip'll do in a pinch.

Try this different spin on salsa. I could eat it out of the bowl with a spoon!

Ingredients:

1 12-oz bag cranberries

1 large granny smith apple

1/2 red bell pepper

1/2 sweet red onion

3-4 Tbsp cilantro, depending on your preference. I love cilantro. =)

1/3 cup apple juice

3/4 cup sugar

1 zest lime

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Now, I don't have a food processor, and I did consider traveling across the street to my neighbor's to see if she had one I could borrow, but I made this at 8:30 Sunday morning, and some people just aren't early risers, you know? My kids are up at 6:30 rain or shine, so I am too, but I didn't think she'd appreciate me knockin' on her door if she was still having nice dreams upstairs. This recipe is definitely easier if you have a processor--I cut ingredients using my Pampered Chef-type chopper, which I love. It was pretty quick work, but the food processor would obviously cut the prep time down significantly.

What we're gonna do is chop (or food process) the first 5 ingredients--don't puree, be careful not to liquify--I personally like a chunkier salsa as opposed to a runny one. <----- funny, that describes me to a 'T'.

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Cranberries like this are around $2/bag. Remember, regular cranberries are a tad bitter, so they're not great out of the bag. I was reminded of this. *shudder*

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Rinse those bad boys.

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And get to choppin'.

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Looks so perty, doesn't it? This is almost how they look when they grow.

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Bizarre, isn't it? I don't understand it, but I love it.

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Put them in a large bowl. But tell them not to get too comfy. . . they have company coming.

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Grab your granny smiths. The recipe calls for one large, but I only had two small. GSs are my favorite apple because of their tartness, so I'm cool with a little bit more apple than less in my salsa.

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"Mom! Mom!! Look what I can do!"

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"You're such a show-off!"

"Nuh-uh!"

"Uh-huh!"

"Nuh-uh!"

"Uh-huh!"

Boys, Boys...don't make me separate you...

"He started it!"

Well I'm gonna finish it.

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That'll teach 'em.

**disclaimer: this is not how I handle my own children's disagreements**

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One of my all time favorite Pampered Chef tools. This post is becoming a regular ol' Pampered Chef advertisement. Except that it's not. And Pampered Chef has no idea who I am. Even though I love their awesome-yet-slightly-expensive products.

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Chop up those ornery apples good. Show 'em who's boss.

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And when you're done with Mt. St. Granny Smith. . .

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Add them to the bowl. It's looking Christmas-ey all ready, isn't it?

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Next, take half a red onion.

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Thanks to Pioneer Woman, I now know how to chop an onion the right way. Chop off the edges and peel off the harder peels.

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Choppity choppity. (yes, I noticed that I have no pictures of myself chopping the onion the right way, but I only have two hands and I am my own photographer)

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And into the bowl with his brothers. Play nice now, ya'll. (My ingredients are southern for some reason.)

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Next, take half a red bell pepper. Mmm, I love sweet red bell peppers. These make my kids run for the hills, even though I've proved several times that they are not hot. Sweet, not hot.

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So great in salads, aren't they?

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Just go nuts.

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For you. Because I love you. And you. And you. And you.

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Toss the love peppers into the bowl. Maybe they'll help those darn apples get along.

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Depending on taste preference, add your cilantro. I did at least 4 Tbsp, maybe more.

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Send the cilantro to the salsa party.

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Now, mix it up.

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Next, take 1/3 cup of apple juice in a separate bowl. (Can you see me in the reflection? peekaboo! I'm not wearing any pants. Just kidding.)

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And 3/4 cup of sugar--this is what cuts the bitterness of the cranberries and the tartness of the apples and blends it all nicely together.

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And don't forget the zest of a lime. This is the first time I've used this microplane grater. Isn't it cool?

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My kitchen's starting to smell pretty good.

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Isn't it pretty?

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Stir it up and add it to the salsa.

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Now mix it up good and let the flavors sink in and soak up with each other for a couple of hours in the fridge before serving.

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Yum yum yum! That's it! Wasn't that too easy? I hope you'll try this recipe and if you do, let me know what you think!

13 comments:

The Bluths said...

skip the onion and pepper and I'll eat it! :)

Shawn H. said...

We've been devouring this salsa for a few weeks; it has changed our lives. It is sooooo good on the store-brand guacamole chips at Fry's.

Christine #2 said...

You crack me up. My Mexican relatives always raise their eyebrows at these types of salsa. Muy authentico!!!

david santos said...

Good Year of 2009!

Lorie said...

Oh! I love Mango salsa, so I bet I would like this too. I might have to try it for New Years Eve!!

Eleanor said...

Hello Amie
I am going to give this a try, just give me a googlemoment to find out what cilantro is, lol. I'm sure I'll love it, I'm just getting over the momentary gasp at the lack of pants, (but then I remembered pants to you are trousers to us, not knickers, teehee). Thanks for the return visit, sorry it wasn't a more cheery post you happened upon. *rolls eyes* Back later
E
xx

Scrapenabler said...

This salsa sounds wonderful! I am going to the store today, so just might have to give it a try.

Debbie

Scrap Addict said...

Yum, Yum Yum! You must bring this to the crop if you are able to. I love cranberries and with salsa, I'm so all over it. Merry Christmas girly!

Delfina said...

Yum, looks good! I'll have to give it a try.

Melanie said...

I can't have my name associated with so much chopping and trouble and even heart shaped peppers. No one will believe it's my recipe. I just throw everything in the food processor and whoala! Salsa fasto.

Nicole said...

Wow, that looks really good. I swear I had something really similar at a ward party I played my flute at a couple of weeks ago. I'm really wishing I had a food processor right about now!

Stephanie said...

Mmmm! That sounds yummy! I think I'll have to try it. I have several recipes, but this seems much more interesting...

Thanks for sharing...I'm now following your blog. :)

Christi said...

I made this salsa yesterday when my in-laws came over for a New Years day meal and I made this as a snack.

Ok, mostly I wanted to try it and they just happened to be coming over the day I made it.

Anyway, this is wonderful!! We only had about 1/4 of a cup left over (and this makes a pretty good sized amount). I may have to make it again in a couple of days.

This is the second recipe from your blog that I have made and really liked. (The other was the chocolate covered peanuts. Yum.)

Thanks so much for posting this.