I brainstormed all weekend and created two salsas, one savory and one sweet. I figure even if I don't win I'm going to the beach this weekend and they will make a nice fresh snack.
Here are my creations, a mango-jicama salsa and a salsa con queso, you can find the recipes at the end of this post.
To top things off, I made flour tortilla chips for both since I'm allergic to processed corn...so no corn chips for me.
To make these, all you do is cut flour tortillas into eighths, then fry them until they are golden brown on both sides. You can use a pan filled with hot oil to do this, but luckily I'm fortunate enough to have a fryer thanks to my boyfriend's mom. If you, like me have a fryer, heat your oil to 350 and fry in small batches so that they don't stick together. No matter what hot oil is key, don't get impatient...that will lead to a greasy, hot, soggy mess. When the chips are puffy and brown, remove them from the oil and drain your chips on paper towels, let them cool, and enjoy. Feel free to salt or sugar them, depending on your salsa and personal taste.
Don't get me wrong, I hope I win, but this was a lot of fun to do! Plus, I'm happy to have flour tortilla chips since I can never find them in the store. Hope you enjoy my recipes!
Summertime Salsas by Fro and a Fork
Salsa con Queso:
makes about 3 cups of salsa
3 medium vine ripened tomatoes
3 small heirloom tomatoes (2 orange, 1 red)
1 small tomatillo
3/4 of one medium purple onion
2 cloves of elephant ear garlic (or use 4 cloves of normal garlic)
1 jalepeno and 1 serrano pepper, membranes removed (membranes in tact if you like more heat)
1 tablespoon of kosher salt (or to taste)
3/4 cup of crumbled queso fresco
The juice of 2-3 limes
makes about 1.5-2 cups of salsa
4 Ripe Mangoes
1/4 cup of diced Jicama
8 large (roughly 1 quart) strawberries
3 minced Mint Leaves
The juice of one lemon or a couple of teaspoons of lemon Juice
1 teaspoon of sugar (or to taste)
Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
Place a cinnamon sugar mixture in a quart sized bag. I used a 10:1 ratio of sugar to cinnamon. Toss in the fried flour tortillas, shake, enjoy!