Friday, November 25, 2011

Gifts from the Kitchen #3

The first salsa is one I make in the winter when fresh tomatoes are not great.  Everyone who has this cannot believe it is made with canned tomatoes.  Make ahead and divide into smaller jars, add to a basket with chips and they have a great snack basket.

             Easy Texas Salsa

1 sm can (4 ½ oz) Black Olives, chopped
1 sm can (4 ½ oz) Green Chilies, chopped
1 sm can (4 ½ oz) Jalapeno Relish chopped
1 - 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
4 Green onions, finely chopped
1 ½ TBS Oil
¾ TBS Vinegar
1 tsp Garlic powder (can use a sm spoonful of jarred chopped garlic)
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
Combine & refrigerate overnight. Makes 1 qt. An empty Miracle Whip jar is perfect. Everyone raves & can’t believe it is made with can tomatoes.

      Salsa Mix in a Jar
1 ½ c dried cilantro
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c dried chopped onion
1 TBS salt
1/4 c dried red pepper flakes
1 TBS pepper
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until well blended. Put into a 1-pint jar. Put the following instructions on a gift tag:
           Spicy Salsa
Blend 2 TBS salsa mix with one 10 oz can Mexican-style tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips.
          Salsa Spread
Blend 2 TBS salsa mix with 1 c softened cream cheese. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips

This mix is great in a basket wtih chips and a cute bowl.

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