How To Make a Good Party Great-Best Salsa Recipe
Everyone knows that a good party involves good people, good music, good food, and good drinks. Good people are, obviously, the most important thing. If everyone is interesting then the conversations are funny and entertaining, the mood is lively and people are probably going to be having a good time. Now, co-workers are okay. I’m not saying you never work with good people, but unless you’re truly friends then it is tough to let your hair down. College buddies are always good. You always find your way back to the “good ol’ days” and inevitably someone forgets they aren’t 22 anymore and decides a whole bottle of Jack will go down just fine! (Note these parties are strictly outdoor parties). Neighbors are also great.
I assume everyone knows this and you’re waiting for me to deliver the goods. Don’t worry I’m not going to go all [famous hostess] on everyone here. No, my advice is quite simple.
Think about it! Everyone is going to throw out chips and dip. If you’re party’s worth half the cheap beer you’re throwing out to your guests you’ll have salsa. But if you want a great party, the salsa has to be great. Don’t even think about heading down Isle 11 to the Tostitos section. Even the folks willing to spend a few extra bucks by grabbing the all natural, fresh stuff are going to come up short.
Yes, dear readers, you are going to have roam around the produce section, pick up a few choice ingredients, and spend a few precious minutes in the kitchen chopping things up. Trust me, it is worth it! Think about it. When the salsa is good…I mean really good…then people are going to be circling that bowl like vultures. People are eating, laughing, drinking and having a great time. Then in the following week, people can’t stop talking about how they couldn’t stop eating the salsa.
Let’s get to it then. First, remember that when you’re chopping up your veggies to pay attention to how fine you are. Salsa is made on all the ingredients being cut the proper size. Get a nice knife set and do it up right. I prefer to use a larger knife. I seem to have better control with it. Second, make sure you are choosing fresh veggies. It does make a difference. Third, if you can put it together far enough in advance to let all the ingredients marinate, that is the best. People often do this with their meats, but it is overlooked with salads and such. Wherever you might be, I can say that Americans don’t know shit about salads. We think a few leaves of lettuce and a tomato make a good salad. No, you need to let things sit together and let all the juices come together! Haven’t you ever noticed that on the second day some things taste so much better? So, you have thought that I could have found a good recipe a little closer to home, but I had to travel all the way to Dubai to get this little gem.
So, here is the recipe! I hope you enjoy it. I know I can’t wait for my next party. Hey, wait a minute…who says you need people over to polish off a bowl of this stuff?! I’m about to get large and in charge…
Great Party Salsa Recipe
Note, I have never ever measured any of the ingredients I put into this recipe so the following are best estimates.
One 2-quart blender
2 small salsa dipping bowls
Wooden baking/cooking spoon with long handle
1-28 ounce tin of Hunt’s whole tomatoes
1- medium sized white onion
1- medium to large jalapeño pepper
1-bunch of fresh cilantro
1-large bag of Tostitos brand round chips or your favorite chip brand & style
The following spices:
- Ground cayenne (red pepper)
- Ground cumin
- Celery salt
- Onion salt
- Onion powder
- Garlic salt
- Garlic powder
- Crushed red pepper (seeds)
- Open can of whole tomatoes and pour into blender.
- Cut onion in half and dice into _” sized chunks (larger if you prefer chunky style salsa…smaller if you prefer pureed style salsa)…add to tomatoes already in blender.
- Remove stem from pepper, cut jalapeño pepper into 1/8” rings and then cut in half…add pepper to tomatoes and onion in blender.
- Wash cilantro with cold water. Shake excess water from leaves. Pick cilantro leaves from the stems so that you have 1/8 cup of cilantro leaves only. Pour into blender. If you like the taste of fresh cilantro, add more.
- Shake a healthy portion of ground cayenne (red pepper) into vegetables already in the blender.
- Add a very healthy portion of ground cumin. This is an excellent spice. Add plenty.
- Add a good portion of celery salt. This adds a good flavor so again, use plenty.
- Add a small portion of onion salt. You have several types of salt and fresh onion and onion powder so go light on the onion salt. Just enough to add additional flavor.
- Add a more generous portion of onion powder.
- Add a small portion of garlic salt.
- Add a medium portion of garlic powder…enough but not too much.
- Shake in a generous portion of crushed red pepper. Use plenty.
- Using a wooden spoon, push the spices, onion, pepper and cilantro into the tomatoes so that they are somewhat mixed…immersed. Do not stir.
For CHUNKY salsa, manually control blender switch…a couple of on/off motions for no more than 2-3 seconds each. Try it chunky…it’s great!
For more pureed type consistency, operate blender on high speed for 5 – 8 seconds.
Pour into servings bowls properly sized for dipping.
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