Sunday, February 27, 2011

nachos with mango salsa

perfect party snack
A week ago a group of 12 of us went up to the cottage for family day weekend.  It was a fun-filled 3 days of pond hockey, lots of good company, beers, and of course food.  It was a little intimidating to plan meals for that many people but it was successful and tummies were satisfied!  Everyone helped cook - even those who claim they can't - which made it even more fun.  Some of my friends have requested the recipes from our weekend so I will start posting them!  First up, homemade nachos with mango salsa.

What you need:
  • 6 tomatoes (any kind, remove the seeds/excess juice)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 mango
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 3 green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 jalapeño (more if you like it hot)
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 bag of mutigrain tortilla chips 
  • 3-4 cups of freshly grated cheddar cheese
What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Dice tomatoes, peppers, jalapeño and mango into small cubes.  Place into a large bowl.  Finely chop green onions and cilantro and add to bowl.
  3. Zest the lemon then squeeze its juice into the bowl.  Grate garlic cloves over the bowl and add the olive oil.  Mix roughly with a large spoon.  Add salt and pepper - taste and adjust seasoning if required.  If your salsa seems watery, sieve it.
  4. Line cookie sheets with aluminium foil and evenly spread one layer of tortilla chips.
  5. Spoon salsa evenly onto chips and top with cheese.  Bake for about 10-15 minutes in the oven, or until golden brown on top.  Serve hot and enjoy!
baked and ready to eat
prep and cooking with friends
best part - eating together

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