Sunday, January 10, 2010

Salsa: the Greatest Condiment on Earth

This statement may sound strange, but it's true. Salsa - in my humble opinion - is the greatest condiment invented. Think about it. What else is more versatile, pleases more taste buds and changes the way an entire dish tastes in one bite more than salsa? You've got tomato (red, yellow or green!), peach, mango, pineapple...the list goes on. Look in your fridge. Dice up and combine whatever fruits, veggies and herbs you have with a little bit of salt and/or sugar and bam! You've got salsa.

It's great with meat, fish, salad, potatoes. THAT'S why I love me some salsa.

Last week, I made a clementine salsa (inspired from a recipe in this month's Bon Appetit magazine: chicken paillards with clementine salsa).

I started with clementines, limes and a mess of herbs (parsley, thyme and cilantro to be exact).

Add in some red onions and scallions to give it some bite (plus, the colors just look cool). Throw in a little clementine juice, lime juice and olive oil along with some salt and pepper. Now, whisk that mixture away and ta-dah!

You've got salsa for the week that just gets better and better as the flavors marry all together. The sweetness of the clementines mixed with the zing of the limes and the freshness of the herbs creates this delicious, crisp, clean sensation in your mouth that you just can't help but smile over (I'm smiling now just thinking about it).

Now, roast some chicken or pork or grill a piece of fish and you are set. Me? I pan-cooked some boneless chicken thighs and smothered them in salsa...mmmmm.....

Fungirl Clementine Salsa

6-8 clementines, peeled and diced
1 small red onion, diced
2-3 scallions, chopped
1/4 Cup of fresh herbs, finely chopped (any kind, I used a mixture of parsley, cilantro and thyme)
juice of 1-2 limes
juice of 3-4 clementines
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less if you like)
3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Combine the diced clementines, red onion, scallions and herbs in a bowl. Add the clementine and lime juice and stir together until well-combined. Add the red pepper flakes, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix until combined.

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