About Salsa and maybe more . . .
Mexican Beef and Salsas
is the Spanish word for sauce. In southwestern cooking
it refers to a relish or condiment, a mixture of chopped
vegetables, fruits (usually tomatoes) and seasonings
that may be cooked or uncooked, is usually not pureed
and is served as an accompaniment to a dish. Salsas,
once limited to the regions where southwestern and Mexican
food is found, are everywhere in the United States.
relishes, and chutneys can enliven even the dullest
of dishes. It is rare to find any Texas style food without
one of these accompaniments. Although salsas are Mexican
in origin and relishes are a southern tradition, they
have become equally popular. In Mexico, the main ingredients
in salsa are onions, garlic, chiles, and tomatoes. Salsas
are thicker and chunkier than picante sauces
can be fresh, cooked or bottled. Southwestern food lovers
use them as garnishes, dips, condiments and even as
side dishes. Salsas form a bridge of flavor and texture
between the mild cheese of a quesadilla and its flour
tortilla base, between the piquant beef in a taco and
its corn wrap. In southern restaurants, salsa and tortilla
chips are brought to the table as soon as customers
are seated. Some variations such as red chile, green
tomatillo and guacamole are offered. Salsas made at
home often bear the signature of the cook who will adjust
the balance of ingredients from mild to spicy, tangy
or pungent or rich by adding avocado.
to an increasing awareness of nutritional issues, salsas
have risen in popularity partly because they are low
in cholesterol, fat, and calories and partly because
they provide a great way to add depth and flavor to
any dish or just that extra zip to a sauce.
ever growing popularity of salsas has also widened its
usage from a pre-meal dip with tortilla chips to a vegetable
dip, a condiment served with fish and over eggs, a sauce
over chicken or beef, a base for cooked sauces, try
it over pizza or pasta, or shock your palate and pour
over baked potatoes and French fries.
fact, salsa has become the best selling condiment in
North America recently pushing tomato ketchup out of
the top-selling spotlight. We appear to be returning
to a healthier way of eating i.e. legumes, grains, vegetables
and organic produce of all kinds and in part the growing
popularity of salsas is also due to an increasing awareness
of nutritional issues.
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