Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mango and Chili Salsa and My Thoughts on Cuisinart's Smart Stick

I have mentioned, a few times now, the new Cuisinart Smart Stick which my mom gave me when I was home in April. I used it to puree the fruit for my ice cream, and to whip up a hummus last Sunday. Last night I used it to make an AMAZING Mango and Chili Salsa, and was really impressed with the chopping capability of this hand held appliance. I admit to some trepidation and foresaw a Mango and Chili smoothie rather then the consistency that I needed for my salsa. But, Cuisinart pulled threw and true to the adverts word, I ended up with some nicely chopped veg for my recipe - which, if I were writing a cookbook, would feature FOR SURE.

We had the salsa with tofu sandwiches, which I think was inspired from my recent readings of PinkHairedGirl . Our sandwiches were super basic - grilled tofu, avocado slices and the salsa on a multi-grain baguette. K also broiled some sweet potatoes and made a nice tomato salad with some mint and olive oil.

Here is the salsa recipe - enjoy!

Mango and Chili Salsa
1/2 ripe mango - peeled
1/2 green chili - seeds removed
1 - 2 cloves of garlic
5 spring onions
1/2 cucumber

1 handful of cilantro
lemon juice to taste
pepper to taste

Into the SmartStick I added the mango, chili and garlic and cucumber first. I transferred this batch to a bowl and then chopped the rest of the ingredients. When I combined both batches of chopped goodness I gave it a quick stir. Dead simple and super yummy. It would have also been tasty in burritos or all by itself. Ours was a little spicy - we like it hot - so if you wanted to go for a smaller chunk of chili I don't think it would augment the flavour too much.

But all recipe writing aside - if you are looking for a kitchen appliance that is versatile, smart and easily stored then I would strongly recommend picking up your own SmartStick. It is like have a food processor without a commitment to counterspace! (and cuisinart didn't even pay me to say this!)


Pearl said...

yum that looks delicious! and there's nothing EVER wrong with adding appliances to one's collection!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I love the colors in your salsa!

Anonymous said...

Simple sandwiches are oftentimes the best and that tofu sandwich looks awesome

veggievixen said...

delicious! i have yet to see the product you are talking about but it sounds amazing! able to chop and/or puree?? wow.

great salsa. and i cannot wait to grill some tofu!

Macie said...

I have only recently discovered salsa that involves mangos. It's a great thing! I'll have to give your recipe a go.

Cyn said...

Yay for tofu sandwiches! I had one for dinner yesterday with leftover grilled tofu and pickled beets, and it was awesome.

I have a similar immersion blender that I love for blending up soups and sauces - it's so easy.

Johanna said...

That salsa looks excellent and such a cool green - I love my stick blender and wish I had a little chopper attachment too!

Mihl said...

You know what? That sounds like the perfect salsa!

Lauren said...

Avocado and Tofu are my favorite sandwich combo! YUM!

Anonymous said...

yum! i love mango salsa! it's so perfect for summer meals.

dreaminitvegan said...

What a great salsa!

Sal said...

mmm sounds good. i just bought a massive mango too!

Anonymous said...

I love unsollicited reviews - they are the most useful to me! I got so excited when I saw you in my reader...I thought, baby?

jessy said...

i may have to look into that smart stick – that’s just too awesome! i too would have thought it would have made for some blended salsa, but that’s great that it chopped it up perfectly. :) hooray for some tofu sammies and a suuuuuuuper tasty mango & chili salsa – totally gonna have to try the salsa! oh my gosh, it sounds so good!