Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Homemade Salsa the Cheater Way

I think I'm a bit weird, but I sometimes feel like I need to reinvent the wheel for my recipes to "count."  If a recipe calls for a mix, then I have a hard time calling it homemade.  If I think about it, this makes no sense.  Unless I'm going to grow all my food, I'm going to have to make do with some shortcuts here and there.  

This salsa uses a mix, but is oh-so-yummy.

 

I've used this mix in the past, following the directions on the back of the package to can salsa.  Recently, though, I used this mix to make fresh salsa.  

First I peeled six pounds of fresh tomatoes.  To easily remove the skins from the tomatoes, put the fruits in boiling water for a few minutes, then immediately put them in ice-cold water.  The skins will slip right off.  

I chopped the peeled tomatoes using a food processor attachment on my blender, then put the tomatoes in a bowl with the salsa mix.  Because I was not canning this batch, I added corn kernels cut off of one ear of corn.  If I had cilantro, I would have added that, too.  

Homemade salsa is the perfect topping for tostadas!


What shortcuts do you use in your meals?
 
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Thanks for homegrown tomatoes, and salsa shortcuts.

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7 comments:

  1. Kristy, those tostadas look yummy.. I have never seen that tomato mix. I bet it is yummy.. I make fresh pico de gallo everyday.

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  2. I rarely do any cooking or baking from scratch anymore, but I do miss the taste of a homemade cake. I remember the days when I had to warn my family not to slam the door because "a cake was in the oven."

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  3. That tostadas looks really good!!! I consider everything I cook home-made and I do say that jokingly; some Friday's I make tuna salad for dinner and if my chef knife and cutting board or some sort of small appliance has to come out than I'm cooking dinner! LOL! My one shortcut though is boil in a bag rice 10 minutes and it is done!!!!! Oh and I do buy mirepoix from Trader Joe celery, onion and carrots already chopped!!!!

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  4. You have to think of it as home-cooked not home-made -- a subtle difference but be proud of yourself for cooking at all! So many people live on fast foods these days and you grow a lot of your own!

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  5. Funny, I just used a salsa mix last night to can some. When I grow, wash, peel, and dice the tomatoes, it most certainly is homemade, even if I used a mix.
    Your tostado looks delicious!

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  6. I've never seen this salsa mix I'll have to look for it what a time saver. Thanks for sharing. I've been up to my eyeballs in plums this past week but there's light at the end of the tunnel until the next tree comes ripe!

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