September 5, 2009

What's Cookin' - Pico de Gallo

A long-time (I won’t say “old” because it sounds so awful) friend came to stay for a few days and made this absolutely amazing pico de gallo. It’s simple and wonderful and tastes so fresh …

Pico de Gallo
1 large tomato
1 small onion
1 avocado
1 lime
salt and pepper to taste
*optional* jalapeño chili peppers – fresh, seeded and chopped; or canned, diced
*optional* cilantro, fresh chopped
Cut the tomato, onion and avocado into small dice. Zest the lime over them, then juice the lime over them and mix well, adding salt and pepper to taste. If you’re looking for a little heat or spiciness, add chilis ’til you’re happy. Although we’re not fans of cilantro, add it now if you like it. Chill. This is delicious on burgers or scooped with tortilla chips.
There are a couple of Pampered Chef tools I bought at a party a few years ago that I love for the zesting and juicing. For zesting, their Microplane Adjustable Grater is wonderful. I zest a lot of oranges, lemons and limes for recipes and we are fortunate enough to have a few citrus trees in our yard. For juicing one or two pieces of fruit, I like their Citrus Press. Works like a dream and easily gets every last drop of juice.
What a great way to eat your fruits and vegetables!

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