One of the joys of the holiday season is gathering with our friends and family. It also means that I am often looking for something quick to bring over, or to put out, while we wait for the feasting to begin. In the summer, my favorite appetizer to bring and enjoy is a wonderful homemade salsa from our garden. I’ve been awesomely surprised to figure out it makes a great stand-in for the Christmas season as well.
Adding in an extra dose of bright red diced tomatoes, and using an entire bunch of cilantro, makes the salsa taste amazing and look extra festive for the holiday season. I’m calling it Christmas salsa, if you will.
I like the appetizer best when served in little wreath bunt dishes, or patterned in a huge wreath on a large plate with a cilantro and tortilla chip bow (guests always love this idea!). The Christmas salsa is festively fun addition to whatever gathering we’re having.
Here is my homemade recipe for homemade salsa, if you’d like to make your own. Since our garden is covered in a good 5 inches of snow right now, I was happy to substitute Contadina diced tomatoes for our usual off the vine ones. The canned tomatoes are a perfect stand-in to make a great winter salsa.
To make the salsa you’ll need: 2 – 32 ounce cans of Contadina diced tomatoes (drained). 10 cloves of garlic finely chopped, 1 red onion finely chopped, juice from 1 squeezed lime and 1 squeezed lemon, 1 bunch cilantro haphazardly pulled apart, 1 jalapeño pepper diced, and 1/2 tsp salt.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Add to a blender or food processor and pulse together until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours to allow for full blending of the flavors. Serve up in wreath form for an easy-to-love holiday appetizer.
For other fun holiday recipes check out this funny series of videos that Contadina produced. They interviewed moms who have the same name as someone famous (Meg Ryan below) and got a peek at their kitchen cooking. It’s pretty great.
Every mealtime masterpiece starts with Contadina and ends with a clean plate. Our mission is to gather families together around the dinner table with our delicious, Italian-style recipes and carefully-sorted Roma-style tomatoes.
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