Pineapple Asides with Attitude

Those of us who live close to Mexico are addicted to tomato salsas but we have also discovered the flavor of the Island’s with pineapple. These yummy recipes have taken a special place in our food favorites and add variety as well as excitement to our menus. The flavors are light and delicious, daring you not to fall in love with them. Try something new and surprise your family or guests with one or both of these treats and make a hit with all.

Spicy Pineapple Cilantro Salsa

A Pineapple nut relishDon’t be fooled by the looks of this fruity salsa. Light, sweet and delicious it is a sleeping giant of taste tingling flavor when served as an appetizer with tortilla chips. One chip and you’re hooked, bet you can’t stop eating it.

 

 

Serves 4-6 with chips

  • 1 (20-ounce) can chunk pineapple
  • 2-3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2-3 teaspoons white sugar
  • ½ cup washed and chopped fresh cilantro (don’t like cilantro, use a little parsley)
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, washed, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil, not olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons lime juice, optional
  • ¾-1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice, optional

Preparation
Put all ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse 10 seconds at a time until well crushed and blended. If you prefer a spicier version, add more jalapeno. Want less spice, delete jalapeno and substitute a teaspoon minced green bell pepper.

Add salt to taste. Stir well and set aside until ready to serve. Add lime juice at this time if you prefer. If you prefer more liquid, add pineapple juice and stir well. Makes about 3 cups salsa dip.

Pineapple Nut Relish

The sweetness and crunch of this relish makes it a delicious addition to all menus.

  • 20 ounces fresh or canned chunk pineapple
  • 2-3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2-3 teaspoons white sugar or sugar substitute
  • ½ cup washed and chopped fresh cilantro
  • Optional: ½ jalapeno pepper, washed, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil, not olive oil
  • ¾-1 teaspoon salt
  • A splash of pineapple juice, optional
  • 2-3 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, suggest walnuts, pecans or toasted almonds
  • Salt

Preparation
If you don’t want spicy, delete the jalapeno and add a touch of chopped green bell pepper instead.

Drain the juice from pineapple and reserve juice for another recipe. You can use pineapple tidbits in place of chunks, and more or less jalapeno. Do not process the ingredients but toss in large bowl until well mixed. Toss gently to blend. Chill for 1 or more hours for flavors to blend. Add lime juice and nuts just before serving.

Makes 4 side servings.

Peggy Sholly
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