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 Salsa1/2 ripe mango - peeled
1/2 green chili - seeds removed
1 - 2 cloves of garlic
5 spring onions
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!)