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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mango Pico de Gallo (and a guest post)

Hey dudes and dudettes!! Before I get started, just want to let you know that I'm doing a guest post over at My Food and Life Encounters today. It's a completely different and new recipe, so stop on by and check it out. It's Sweet Potato Croquettes with Yogurt Sauce. (here)

Now on with today's recipe.

Today and tomorrow will be salsa. Woohoo!!!! I was in a salsa mood, so I decided to make two. I do like to dance the salsa, too. A little too much info there? Haha... Alright. Here's the first. Mango Pico de Gallo. It's got the base for your usual salsa, tomato, cilantro or parsley, green onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers. Then there's the star ingredient, the mango.

The reason I put parsley on the list is because some people aren't fans of cilantro. It just won't have that kick usually has, but parlsey is a great substitute for a milder taste. It's still taste awesome!

I used a food processor to finely chop all the ingredients. The knives I currently have a pretty old and the sharpness of them isn't worth risking my fingers make this. You can also just finely chop them. I put both methods in the instructions below.

I don't need buy that store jarred stuff. It's better to make salsas at home. Really easy too. A lovely mango flavor all around. Mmmm...I wish I had made a bigger batch. I have a habit of taking big scoops of salsa on one little tiny and sometimes flimsy piece of tortilla chip. But it's so good! Did I mention I love salsas?

I had these with some blue corn tortilla chips. Yum yum!

Makes about 2-3 cups.

Mango Pico de Gallo

1 ripe medium mango
2 medium to large tomatoes (remove seeds)
2 c cilantro or flat leaf parsley
1-2 jalapeno peppers
2 garlic cloves minced
4 green onion stalks
juice of 1 lime

Non-food processor method:
Finely chop the cilantro/parsley, jalapeno pepper, and green onion and place them in a large bowl.

Mince the garlic cloves and add them to the bowl.

Quarter the tomato and remove the seeds. Finely chop the quartered slices as well. Add them to the bowl, lightly mashing when to release some of the juices of the meat.

Cut out the bone from the mango and scoop out the meat. Finely chop it and add to the bowl. Squeeze in the lime juice and mix everything together until blended.

For Food Processor:
Place the cilantro/parsley, garlic, green onion, and jalapeno into the food processor and finely chop them. Remove and place into a bowl.

Then quarter the tomatoes and remove the seeds and pulse chop until is a mashed consistency. You'd still want some tomato chunks. Add the tomatoes into the bowl

Do the same with the mango. Remove the core and scoop the meat into the food processor and pulse chop until it's little pieces. Add it into the bowl.

Squeeze the lime juice and mix it all together.

This may be made in advance. Keep in the fridge, if not serving right away.


Unknown said...

I've never made my own salsa before. Have a spicy weekend :D--going to check out your post at my food and life encounters.

pigpigscorner said...

Love anything with mango! Love how you used it in salsa.yum yum!

vanillasugarblog said...

Ok this does sound good. I must try it this way. have you ever done it with grilled pineapple?

Heather S-G said...

Oh know I luv salsa...this sounds awesome...I could gobble it up!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yummy salsa! Homemade is always better than store bought:)

Parita said...

Love homemade salsas and mango one sounds too good, cant wait to try!

Cucinista said...

I be this would be a good way to use up the slightly unripe mangos I end up getting sometimes. A little bit like a Mexican som tum/green papaya salad.

Kim said...

I totally agree with you girl, make your own salsa while you dance the salsa!!! Can you multitask? hee hee!!!! Also, thanks for the parsley tip because I'm one of those who's not big on cilantro. I think the flavor is a little too intense for me. :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

It's funny, fruit in pico de gallo would not have excited me at all just a little while ago. In fact, I would have probably left it out of the recipe... But lately, I have come to REALLY appreciate the complexity fruit can bring to a dish. I can't believe what I've been missing all these years...

And the Sweet Potato Croquettes sound amazing... Sweet potatoes - another food I missed out on for way too long...

theUngourmet said...

I love making my own salsa! I haven't tried using mango. Great idea!

Reeni said...

I like the sound of this - sweet and savory - my favorite!!

Christo Gonzales said...

this is an excellent salsa...

Jenn said...

HH: ;-)

pigpigscorner girlichef, : Thanks.

Dawn: Ooo...never tried the grilled pineapple way. I'd love to try that.

Nutmeg: Definitely.

Parita: Cool.

Cucinista: That sounds really good.

Kim: Yeah, I know a few people that don't like cilantro. So definitely use parsley.

Andrea: Good.

Ungourmet: You should. It really tasty.

Reeni, Doggy: Thanks.

Zeee said...

I love pico de Gallo Jenn! yum yum I've also tried it with mango... LOL

yours looks yummy!

Pari Vasisht said...

Hi This is my first time here and I love the salsa. It's so simple and quick to make. I have bookmarked.Great. Do find time to drop by.

Lori Lynn said...

Looks awesome. Great balance. I agree store-bought cannot compare.

Jenn said...

Zee: Isn't it great?

Pari: Thanks for visiting.

LL: Yes. Not more store bought for me. I'll just make it myself.

OysterCulture said...

again love the combination of flavors especially anything with mango. perfection

test it comm said...

Another great salsa! I like the sound of adding mango to pico de gallo!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love this new approach to an old favorite. It looks delicious.

Jenn said...

Oyster, Kevin, Mary: thanks.

nora@ffr said...

nething with mango?? m in!!! i shud try this salsa soon :)

Phyllis said...

haha, I do the same thing with salsa - giant scoop on tiny chip. Great mango salsa recipe - and I would totally use the cilantro :)

Jenn said...

Nora: ;-)

Phyllis: LOL. I just like a huge dollop of salsa on the chip. It's just so good.

Viagra Online said...

It was a really nice experience I tasted when I traveled to America they use to eat this fruit as salad but it taste delicious.

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