|The mouthgasmic dish
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Fewer things make me happier than strawberries! They are my absolute favorite food! Usually, I pass up any recipes that involve strawberries. I generally love strawberries, the best, in one of the following forms: fresh, cut up & sugared, and in or on ice cream. There is no need to bake it in a pie or any such thing. (Although, I’m starting to consider doing just that some day soon.)
A couple of months ago on Pinterest, I saw a recipe with strawberries that looked interesting so I pinned it. I left it sitting on one of my food boards for a while. Lately, strawberries have been on sale non-stop where I live. I decided I might as well take advantage of the situation and pulled out the Fruit Salsa recipe I had pinned.
The recipe itself does take quite a bit of prep work. Don’t let that dissuade you. It is beyond worth it! For this fabulous sweet dessert, I did make a couple of small changes. Not because I thought it needed changing, but rather the changes were made out of necessity.
|All the fruit waiting to be prepped|
The first thing you need is your fruit for the salsa. I used 2 Golden Delicious apples, 2 kiwis, between 16-20 ounces of strawberries, and approximately 4 ounces of blueberries. The blueberries were not part of the original recipe, raspberries were. However, my husband hates raspberries so I worked with what I had. I would have added a few more blueberries, but some had turned so…back to the salsa dish.
|Strawberries being sliced|
Now it is time to prep the fruit, the most time-consuming part of this recipe. I had to “wing it” a bit because I forgot that our peeler had broken, and we had yet to replace it. I’m okay with a knife, but not when it comes to peeling apples. I feel like I get less apple than I should had I used a peeler. So, I did not peel the two apples. Having the peel on the apples worked for this dish!
You will want to core then dice your 2 apples. My apple pieces ended up in various sizes from small to a bit larger than I would have preferred. I blame my baby girl for that. She was fussing, so I held her as I diced. Not the best way to dice apples, but hey, sometimes as a mom you must roll with it. You will need to peel and dice up your kiwi then add it to the bowl with the apples. Add the blueberries (no need to cut them up, but you can if you want).
Last, but certainly not least, you will need to hull and slice up your strawberries to add to the fruit mix. I’m pretty quick with the strawberries. Probably due to being such a strawberry lover and eating them a lot. I also once worked in the winter strawberry capital of the world, Plant City, Florida. Every March, strawberries would become available in vast quantities. I was able to buy a flat of strawberries for $5-$7. Being single, there was no way I could eat all of that at once so I would slice them up and freeze them for future use. So, I’m quite quick with it.
|All the fruit mixed up|
Once you have all the fruit prepped, go ahead and give it a quick stir to jumble things up. Then, add 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp white sugar, and 2 Tbsp jelly. Any flavor will do, I imagine. I used the blueberry preserves I had on hand. Give the fruit and another stir or two until the sugars have dissolved and coated the fruit.
|Fruit with the sugars thoroughly mixed.|
Go ahead and put the fruit in fridge until you are ready to serve it. I did this a few hours before I served it as a dessert to my husband one evening this week. When we were ready to eat it, I got the special cinnamon chips ready. These were super easy, and perhaps even my favorite part of this whole dessert.
You will need some flour tortillas and cinnamon sugar (1 cup of sugar mixed with 3 Tbsp cinnamon). I had a pack of 20 small tortillas. Since it was just Chris and I, I only pulled out 5 tortillas. I spread melted butter on one side of each tortilla then added the cinnamon sugar on top. I cut each tortilla into slices and then placed them on a cookie sheet into a 350 degree oven. They baked for 8 minutes then cooled for 10 minutes before serving them.
Honestly, I wish I had known how good tortillas with cinnamon sugar tasted before now. It may be my new favorite quick snack. Mmmm…..I even have a new recipe idea I plan on testing out soon using them.
After your chips are ready, just serve them with the salsa. Scoop that salsa onto your chip and enjoy. It is truly mouthgasmic! Not to be missed!