Thursday, April 21, 2011

MFP Fresh Tomato Salsa

Make salsa, not war. Confession: I ate an entire batch of this in two sittings spaced about four hours apart. It's addictive, I tell you - addictive! Let's start with this - the Manual Food Processor (MPF). It's a new product that has already changed my life. I got one free when it first came out (yes, I get a lot of free stuff, and you can too), but then I bought myself a second one because I felt the need for two. It's that good. The best part? It includes a recipe card for this salsa. Seriously, this is wonderful, and it's embarrassingly easy. Let's dive in!

MFP Fresh Tomato Salsa

1 small onion, quartered
1 jalapeño, stemmed, sliced in thirds
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups grape tomatoes

Place onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lemon juice, garlic, and salt in Manual Food Processor. Pump until coarsely chopped. Gradually add tomatoes, pumping between, until desired consistency is reached. Yes, it's that easy.

Aren't the ingredients pretty? Tomatoes are in an Easy Read Measuring Cup, and cilantro is in a standard Measuring Cup. I'll be using the 5" Utility Knife from the Forged Cutlery Collection for a bit of slicing, and the Bamboo Grinder will grind the world's best Salt into the recipe. Everything is displayed on the Cutting Board.

The recipe instructs to quarter the onion, but the Veggie Wedger cuts into sixths, which is even better in my book. Seriously, this thing is awesome. Also new, it makes quick work of lemons, limes, tomatoes, onions, or anything else you want wedged evenly. Why didn't we think of this sooner?

The recipe also instructs that you use whole garlic cloves, but here's a secret: They're getting chopped up anyway, so why not save the hassle of peeling and just mince them on in? The Garlic Press is one of my favorite tools because it allows me to use fresh garlic in all my cooking without the annoyance of, "Oh, but now my hands stink." Lemon juice is no problem with the Citrus Press, a heavy-duty tool that forces lemon submission. Just compare the juiced slice to the whole slice. See a difference? Ok, so I'm just throwing all this stuff into the Manual Food Processor, which I'll explain in a minute.

The Manual Food Processor is making waves. I've enjoyed mine, and I've heard great things from others as well. There are three pieces to this: The base/cylinder thing, the blade, and the top/pump mechanism. That's all! You just put ingredients inside and press the pump for quick, easy chopping. There are also measurements on the cylinder, and it includes a non-skid grip around the bottom. Can it get any simpler?

I think this picture should have been horizontal... Oh, well. Anyway, the new Mini Mix 'n Scraper was designed specifically to fit the Manual Food Processor, but I've found it to be handy for tons of things. Besides, it's just so cute!

This is every bit as good as it looks. Now that grape tomatoes are becoming more abundant, I plan to make this a regular on my keep-on-hand list. Warning: If you don't like spicy things, seed the jalapeño. This is quite the spicy salsa when prepared as-written. (Again, this is in a Dots Pasta Bowl from the Simple Additions Collection.)

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