On our recent trip we enjoyed a sample ofCherry Jalapeno Salsa
at the SERIOUS TEXAS BBQ
in Durango Colorado. It was delicious, so we purchased an 8 oz bottle to bring home. We have two cherry trees with Bing-Type Sweet Cherries and three yellow Royal Anne trees. Up to this point the best they have done is a handfull of cherries for us to taste and hope that next year will bring "More". While the birds did some damage while were gone a bunch of the red cherries are ripening as we type. We decided to test our ability to copy/duplicate the salsa we found out west.
I found the following recipe online at a salsa recipe source and we followed it with a couple of "Adds". We also multiplied it by a factor of three to get the quantity to match the amount of pitted Cherries we had available today.
1 1/3 rd cup pitted tart cherries (we had 5 1/2 cups of red but not black/red cherries)
1/4 cup chopped dried tart Cherries. (We used one cup of dried cherry flavored cranberries that we had in the house)
1/4 cup chopped Red Onion.
1 tablespoon chopped canned or fresh Jalapenos. (We bought a small can of Chipotle Jalapenos..not knowing they would be in a smokie sauce...a good thing )
1 clove finely chopped Garlic
1 Tblespn chopped fresh Cilantro (yuck)
1 Teaspn Cornstarch.
Save the juice that drains off the cherries as you pit them (or use bottled Cherry/Cranberry Juice drink- we did)
Mix with the cornstarch until smooth.
Put all ingredients in medium saucepan- mix well. Add cornstarch-juice mixture and stir into ingredients. Cook until mixture thickens, Let Cool and bottle for future use. This recipe makes one cup of finished product.
That quantity wasn't going to work for us, so we tripled everything except the Cilantro (I don't care much for Cilantro). To match the sweetness of the Salsa we bought in Colorado we added three tablespoons of Honey
to the cooking mixture.
The finished mixture is cooling now. It looks like we got 7 8oz bottle of the Salsa from that Batch. We will try a second time later in the week when we get some more Cherries ripe. Here is a sample of the finished product. It is pretty spicy...not cherry-jam by a long-shot!