out of the box

food detective

Categories: Appetizers, Sauces and Such, Supper, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Well Equipped, Posted on June 11, 2017 by Sandy Bergsten

Every month, for the past decade, my husband receives a special delivery from the fruit of the month club. And each month I bring the package in, place it on the counter, and when he comes home from work we pour ourselves a cocktail and survey the box.

After a thoughtful draw on our drinks we open it up. The first thing we say to one another is “well what do you think we are going to do with all of those… pineapples… kiwis… nectarines”.

This month was mangos. Dave was doubtful, but I was actually pretty excited. He shook his head and took his Makers Mark into the other room.

I on the other hand set out to make a big batch of mango salsa.

A crazy but slightly essential kitchen tool is the mango splitter.

It does an amazing job of separating the sweet flesh from its hairy hard center.

Dice the peeled and cored mangos.

Peel and dice a half cup of English cucumber.

Finely chop one tablespoon jalapeno.

Dice one third cup of red onion.

Roughly chop one third cup of cilantro leaves.

Place everything into a large bowl.

Add one tablespoon of fresh lime juice.

Toss well and season with salt and pepper.

Tonight we are having friends over for a relaxed Sunday supper. We’ll kick off the night with the mango salsa and my favorite guacamole recipe.

Little do my guests know, but each of them will be leaving with a little party favor.

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