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Salsa Negra Although the dark complex flavor of this salsa defies description, I would say, “deliciously sweet with a deep smokey flavor and a fiery punch that makes you take notice.” Using canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, this salsa comes together quickly and is versatile enough to be used as a seasoning base for other dishes, like the dip shown above.

Sweet-Sour Chipotle Seasoning (Salsa Negra)
Recipe by Rick Bayless as seen on Parade.com

2 (7½-oz) cans chipotle chiles en adobo
2 Tbsp molasses
¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
¼ cup balsamic vinegar or sweet sherry vinegar
½ cup water
¼ cup soy sauce

1. Place the chiles (with canning liquid), molasses, sugar, vinegar and ½ cup water in a blender and process until completely smooth. Scrape into a small saucepan over medium heat.

2. Let the mixture come to a brisk simmer, then turn the heat to medium-low and continue simmering, stirring regularly, until the mixture is the consistency of tomato paste, about 30 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and stir in the soy sauce. If necessary, add water, a splash at a time, until the salsa is the consistency of runny ketchup. Cool, taste, and season with salt if needed.

Chef’s Note: Refrigerate salsa in a tightly covered pint-sized jar, where it will keep for a month or two.

1. I was a bad girl. By not reading the directions thoroughly, I screwed up. I added the soy sauce with the other ingredients in my blender. I cooked down the salsa negra in step 2, but because I added more liquid by adding the soy sauce prematurely, I did not let it cook it down to a tomato paste consistency.

2. I used light soy sauce with good results and added no more additional salt.

3. In Food and Wine, Chef Bayless says of this salsa, “Balsamic vinegar might seem like an unusual ingredient in Mexican food, but it is common in Baja. This recipe makes more salsa than you’ll need to make Shrimp with Spicy Chipotle Tomato Sauce, but it keeps in the refrigerator for weeks and can add an intense, smoky heat to grilled meats, stews and tacos.”

4. Taking Chef Bayless’s recommendation, I made a dip using the salsa negra. Using 16 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, I added some salsa negra (to taste) and some crumbled bacon. The dip packs enough flavor alone, if you just want to spread it on a bagel. I like it spread on a blue corn tortilla chip, drizzled with Mexican crema, and topped with a cilantro leaf.


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Summertime brings with it scorching hot days, cooling delta breezes, and some of the best fruit of the year. Peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, berries, cherries, and melons are at produce stands now. My sister-in-law was kind enough to share her bounty of pluots with the rest of the family, so I thought I would thank her by sharing a pluot recipe. Although a pluot is a delicious cross between a plum and an apricot, it more closely resembles a plum in appearance. There are many varieties of pluots available, but the type I received are golden-green on the outside and yellow on the inside. No matter what they look like on the outside, they all contain healthy amounts of fiber and vitamins A and C.

Here’s a recipe for a Pluot and Strawberry Salsa that’s great on grilled seafood or meat:

About 1 pound or 5-6 pluots, diced
1/2 lime, juiced
Big handful of strawberries, washed, hulled, and diced
1/4 cup green onions, both white and green parts sliced
1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper – depending on preferred heat, finely diced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/8 tsp cumin, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Wash and dry pluots. Cut vertical segments off around the pit and dice. Place in bowl. Note: Some recipes call for removing the skin first, but I leave it on for more nutritional fiber.

2. Juice the lime and pour over the diced pluots.

3. Add strawberries, green onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and cumin (if desired) to the bowl of pluots.

4. Carefully combine ingredients, being careful not to smash the fruit.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 2 -3 cups.

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