Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mango Guacamole and Homemade Salsa

"Dip dip dip dip dip!!" That's the chant our tiny gentleman shouts at each meal. The kid is obsessed with dip. He will eat anything with dip on it. And the dip doesn't really matter - ketchup, ranch dressing, tzatziki, you name it, if it's dip-able, he's into it. The grown-ups in the house are also really into dip! Chips and veggies are generally just dip-delivery-devices. Two of our faves are guac and salsa. A dear friend made us these amazing versions years ago and they've been in our regular rotation ever since. These are actually recipes my husband usually makes, but he doesn't write the blog, so there.

Mango Guacamole - recipe from the lovely Susanna
Makes about 4 cups of guac

2 large avocados - about 2 cups
1 small mango - about 1 cup
1/2 a bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (about 1/2 a cup of packed leafs)
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 Roma tomato
1 teaspoon salt
2 limes juiced
1/2 a serrano or jalapeno chili

Mince the chili and onion. Chop the bell pepper, mango and tomato into small dice. Shred the cilantro. Cube the avocado and juice the two limes. Mix all ingredients with the salt. Stir to combine well, but don't mash up too much.

Homemade Salsa - recipe from the lovely Susanna
Makes about 2 cups of salsa

4 Roma tomatoes
2 serrano or jalapeno chilies 
1/4 cup of red onion
1/2 cup packed cilantro leafs
2 garlic cloves
Salt to taste - about 1/2 teaspoon

In a cast iron skillet, or on a griddle, roast the tomatoes and chilies until blackened and the skins are bursting, turning to blacken all sides, about 10 minutes total.

Set the tomatoes and chilies aside until they are cool enough to handle easily. Remove the skins of the tomatoes and chilies - if you like milder salsa, remove the seeds from the chilies (we are into spice and leave them in.)

Add the tomatoes, chilies, garlic, cilantro, onion and salt to a blender. Pulse until well blended and dip-able. We like to be able to see the different ingredients.

These are just delicious dips. And healthy! (We won't talk about the chips.)



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