Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Peaches Galore




Living in Georgia has been a great adventure. Every day, I find something new about the area, the businesses and the great farmer's markets available in the Atlanta Metro Area. A friend of mine invited me to go with her to the Marietta Square Farmers Market. So many great finds: the lady that makes coco butter, organic soaps, plant booths and homemade pimento cheese. Another great place to find locally grown produces is Burger's Market. Great tomatoes (including green), strawberries, blue berries, and Georgia Peaches. I couldn't resist the peaches so I picked out a basket of peaches to take home.
After eating peaches for about 4 days in a row, I decided it was time to make something with them before they went bad. What to make? cobbler, jam, pie, salsa? OooH, salsa, that sounds interesting. The weather is getting warmer, and having something cool and light ready in the fridge sounds like a good plan. Having never made peach salsa, I decided to make two types to see which I liked best. My favorite, was the simpliest to make. Below you will find a recipe for fresh peach salsa:
4 ripe and firm peaches
10 fresh strawberries, chopped
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup diced red and/or green bell pepper
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or more if you love cilantro)
1 teaspoon (or to taste) minced jalapeno pepper (I used 3 jalapenos, but that's me)
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste
First, start by washing and peeling the peaches. To make the peeling process easier, scored the peaches and plunge them into a boiling water for 10-15 seconds. Then place them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. You may choose to omit this step and leave the skin/peel on.

Next, you will need to chop the peaches, strawberries, onions, jalapenos, peppers, garlic, and cilantro.

Finally, combine all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the mixture in the fridge for about an hour before serving. After an hour, the flavors will marry and this would be a good point to adjust the seasoning if necessary. If it's too tart (or too hot from the jalapenos), then add honey, or you may need to add some salt. Go with whatever pleases your palate.
This salsa can be used to top fish or grilled chicken. Or can be enjoyed with whole wheat corn chips.

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