Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Fruit Salsa

Do you remember the Slap Chop, that As Seen On Tv dicing utensil?  Man it was all the rage a few years go.  So popular that Pampered Chef even had one or maybe still has one, not sure which and for all I know they had it first.  As I was looking for something I ran across my pampered chef slap chop and got so excited.  I own it for one sole purpose: to make fruit salsa.  So of course since I found it, I NEEDED to make fruit salsa and homemade cinnamon sugar chips to go with it.  Thankfully because of the holiday weekend and a cookout on the calendar I had the perfect excuse to get down with my slap chop bad self and make some of the best fruit salsa you've ever tasted!
We call this the Jones's Fruit Salsa.  I wish I had a witty reason like "this fruit salsa is so good it'll give the Jones's a run for their money".  But the fact of the matter is we call it the Jones's Fruit Salsa because we literally learned the recipe from our dear friends the Jones's who moved away about 5 years ago.  I should have taken this opportunity to rename it and claim it for my own, but that would be wrong and honestly Schwartz's Fruit Salsa doesn't have the same ring.

Anyway, here's what you'll need:

2 large red apples any kind (I prefer Fiji or Pink Ladies)
2-3 Granny Smith apples
1.5 to 2 packages of strawberries
4-6 kiwis
lemon juice
sugar (to taste)

First peel, core, and dice the apples.  Toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.  

 Cut the tops off the strawberries.  Then I cut them in halves or quarters before going to town with my glorious chopper.  See it sitting in the back waiting to unleash its furry.  Ha!
A word of warning.  Slap chopping is quite addictive.  Be careful!  You want to dice your strawberries not mash them.

Here's where I add sugar to taste.  I actually don't love strawberries so I toss about a tablespoon of sugar on and mix it around.  It's not necessary.  You can skip it, but if you have a batch of sour berries it helps.  Plus if you over lemon juiced the apples I think adding a little sugar helps counter act it.

Dump the strawberries into the apple mix and give a little toss.

Then peel and slap chop your kiwis.  Remember kiwis are a very soft fruit.  If you do use your slap chop be very careful not to pulverize them!  Just a little slapping will do.

Dump the kiwis into the bowl and mix around.

I like my fruit salsa cold so be sure to make it with enough time to chill it before serving to guests.  It's also one of those things that just tastes better the second day when everything had more time to marinate so if you have a lot going on you can easily make it a day in advance.

Now 5 years ago when I learned how to make this Mandy taught me to make it with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla chips.  Back then, you couldn't buy them.  Now I've seen a few brands that sell them.  However its easy to make and the ones you can buy are a bit pricy.  The only thing is it's a little time consuming because I have to watch the chips so I don't burn them, but worth it to me.

Here's what you'll need:
Package of small flour tortillas (I use about 30)
Spray butter crisco (or Pam because that's what I had)
Cinnamon Sugar
pizza cutter

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While waiting cut up your tortillas.
Stack 2 or 3 tortillas at a time at cut like a pizza into 8 slices.

Spray your baking sheet with Pam (or crisco).  Lay your tortilla slices on there, fit on as many as you can it doesn't matter if they are touching.  Spray them with the butter flavored Pam or Crisco then shake cinnamon sugar on top of each chip.

*Variation: You can spray the slices with butter flavored crisco then put them in a brown paper bag and pour some cinnamon sugar in the bag.  Then shake the bag to get cinnamon sugar on both the front and the back.  

I've done it that way before, I guess they turn out better but it takes longer so I've gone to the short cut of just spraying on the baking sheet and sprinkling there.

Bake at 400 degrees until they begin to turn light brown and are crispy.  Sorry I don't have an exact time.  I usually do the fruit salsa at this point so I just keep checking the oven and trading out pans.

Finished product, homemade and delicious Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

I hope you enjoy making some fruit salsa and chips.  This is a great snack to bring to any cook out.  It's a light, cool, and refreshing summer treat.  I am so glad I found my slap chopper to remind me of how much I love making and eating this!

Let me know how it goes for you!  And what's your favorite summer treat?

1 comment:

  1. I tried this today --it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing! But I'll need you to share your slap chop so I can make it with my kids too :)