Spicy Apple Salsa

Bringing back a favorite from last fall!  Being that it was too cold and rainy for us to ever get to an orchard this year, I needed to dust off some memories and take a look back at last year's trip!

This apple salsa may sound weird, it was really tasty.  Of course, my kids will dip anything in anything, so they gobbled half of it.  It tastes kinda like apple pie filling, with a little heat at the end.  Being that I have no idea how the orchard made theirs, I did some online research, combined a few ideas and came up with this recipe:

1/4 c apple cider vinegar
3 c peeled and diced apples (I used that Harlesons that we picked, but I imagine any tart, firm apple would be great)
1 diced Anaheim pepper
2 Tbsp honey (adjust based on the tartness of the apples you're using)
1/2 diced onion
1/2 diced red pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp red pepper flake (adjust for your spice level)
1/4 c chopped, fresh cilantro

Add the cider vinegar and apples to a large stockpot, and mix over med-high heat.
Mix in all the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Monitor the heat and boil gently for 7-10 minutes, until the fruit and veggies have softened and the liquid has started to thicken.
Cool completely before serving.

Two ways of serving:
** as a chunky pico
** pureed in food processor or blender for more of the "classic" salsa consistency

The batch I made was enjoyed with roasted gorgonzola crackers from Trader Joes, along with the classic scoops tortilla chips.  I also feel this will be amazing over chicken, pork or even on a crostini with goat or other sharp cheese.  Endless possibilities.


Candice Wilkinson said...

Oh yummy, new follower thanks to Friday Chaos Blog Hop. I have never thought to use apples in salsa before. Is this a family traditon?

Erin said...

My husband LOVES mango salsa, so I bet he might just like this too. I'll have to try it out on him sometime. :-)

Angie Church said...

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Tumbleweed Contessa said...

Oh I love this idea and I am nuts for a good salsa. I am going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing on Sugar and Dots!

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

This looks so yummy! I've never tried apples in salsa. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for linking up at The Little Giggler. :)

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

This looks so delicious! I'm trying it soon!!! I've never heard of a Harleson variety. I do love the tart ones!

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

It looks delicious! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Jann Olson said...

Hi, I hopped over from Melrose Place. This sounds so wonderful. Can't wait to try it.

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