28 October 2013

Chopper Guy Salsa

 This past weekend, we were stuck at home instead of visiting our daughter at Indiana University as planned. An unexpectedly astronomical workload made it not such a good time for the parents to be hanging around. So we drowned our sorrows in a batch of homemade salsa. I won't say it completely did the trick, but it helped a little bit.

I'm surprised I haven't posted this recipe, as it has become Spouse's signature dish (actually, his only dish). Better late than never, I guess.

Start with the equipment. A few years back at the state fair, we bought one of these manual food processor type things (once called Kitchen Plus 2000, now upgraded to 3000). We were not planning to get sucked into one of those demos but a taste of the Chopper Guy's salsa made us pull out the wallet immediately. Holy cow, it was good.

Although it comes with all these attachments, pretty much the only thing we use it for is salsa. And still, it was money very well spent.

Chopper Guy Salsa
1/4 medium onion (we use yellow but white is ok)
2 medium Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4ths
Cilantro - 5-7 sprigs (more than that and it will taste like dish soap, according to Chopper Guy)
1/8 green bell pepper
1/2 juiced lemon
1-4 garlic cloves (this time we used the pre-chopped garlic)
Salt to taste

Spouse also adds a jalapeno or other hot pepper.

Put everything into the bowl of the chopper and turn the handle. 

This past summer we bought a set of the newfangled blades and my goodness, they work like a charm. Just a few turns of the handle and you've got great salsa every time. This particular batch was extra good because we started with homegrown tomatoes. Makes a huge difference.
Make this salsa and take it, along with a bag of chips, to your next party. I guarantee you'll be invited back!

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