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Fruit Salsas that Sparkle

Use your grocer’s produce section as a rich resource for vibrant, homemade holiday gifts

Fine Cooking Issue 18
Photos: Boyd Hagen
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Are you wondering what you can make for holiday gifts that’s both original and delicious, festive yet easy, clever yet practical, and fetching yet not too expensive to make? Consider these inventive, colorful fruit salsas. These recipes yield about enough to fill two one-pint jars, and they’re easily doubled. You won’t need and fancy equipment or extensive kitchen time; salsas can be made in less than an hour and are ready to give almost instantly. Best of all, salsa experiments rarely go wrong. If you keep in mind the sort of food your friends like to prepare and match the salsa to it, you should do well. Salsa complements rather than dominates a main dish: tropical fruits and roasted red peppers go well with poultry and firm-fleshed fish; citrus fruits make a sweet-tart salsa that’s right with any fish; and cranberry salsa is a refreshing new version of the traditional sauce, and is good with a turkey dinner or a turkey sandwich. Be sure to prepare salsa a couple of days in advance to allow the flavors to develop. Once you’ve adjusted the seasonings, transfer to gift jars, attach a ribbon and a tag, and enjoy the look of surprise and delight on the faces of your friends. Recipes include: Citrus Salsa; Tropical Salsa; and Cranberry-Pear Salsa.

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