Spicy Peach Salsa

Sides & Starters | July 10, 2014 | By

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On Tuesday, Marta and I decided to try our hand at barbecuing, and once again it turned out to be quite the story. If you remember, the last time I tried to barbecue, I ended up with soot all over my arms and a mild case of smoke inhalation. So after much debating, we decided to give our charcoal grill another try… this time with lighter fluid. (We chose an odorless lighter fluid with less preservatives in efforts to be as natural as possible. One day we will succeed at lighting the coals without fluid, but alas, we are no grilling masters … yet).

We followed the instruction on the lighter fluid to the letter, yet the coals refused to light. So again, I checked in with my brother for grilling tips. Excerpts of our phone and text conversation went something like the following:

Me: “The coals refuse to catch on fire. We used lighter fuel and everything.”

Michael: “Did you put the lid on the grill? You shouldn’t do that since it can choke the fire.”

Me: “Oh….”

and later over text when I sent him a picture of our grill:

Michael: “You have too few coals … You have barely enough to even cover the bottom with a single layer of charcoal. That means the fire will not be hot enough and probably burn out too quickly.”

Me: “Oh, so add more then?”

So while obviously you can tell I’m no grilling expert, we managed to get quite a nice burn going… and it only took us a little over an hour!

That night, we feasted on wonderful homemade burgers (Marta’s special recipe) topped spicy peach salsa. I love this salsa because it combines the best of what’s in season into the perfect, fresh summer salsa. Marta and I ended up eating most of the salsa with chips while we waited for our grill to light, but it pairs perfectly with a juicy burger and IPA.

Cheers!

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Spicy Peach Salsa

2 Yellow Peaches

1 Jalapeño

2 Medium Limes

2 Mint Sprigs

Directions:

Finely dice peaches, jalapeño and mint. Squeeze limes* into the peaches and mix.

*Note: Roll the limes against a hard surface before squeezing to help release the juices.

Happy Fiesta Friday everyone! :)

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    Ngan R.
    July 10, 2014

    Looks delicious, and it does look like a bowl of summer. I don’t use the grill myself, so I commend you for getting that fire going!

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      Cathy
      July 10, 2014

      Thanks Sadia! I really love the sweet/tangy/spicy combo too. So refreshing :)

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    Lisa
    July 11, 2014

    Great recipe! Your pix are fabulous!! I am planning on picking up some fresh peaches in South Carolina next week. This is the perfect recipe to try! Thanks for sharing!

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      Cathy
      July 12, 2014

      Fresh peaches sound so lovely! I hope you have a blast. :)

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    Chitra Jagadish
    July 11, 2014

    this salsa sounds interesting…..cant wait to try this….thanx for sharing this…Happy fiesta friday….

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      Cathy
      July 12, 2014

      I hope you like it Chitra. :) I think that the mint and jalapeño make a really interesting contrast.

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    nimmiafzal
    July 12, 2014

    wooowww….looks so yummm:-)
    happy FF..thanks for bringing it to the party…

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    flavourphotos
    July 12, 2014

    Looks delicious. I recently made a mango salsa, merely because I couldn’t find any nice ripe nectarines or peaches 😉
    The mint sounds like a great idea too.

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      Cathy
      July 12, 2014

      I love any type of fruit salsa. I think they are so refreshing. :)

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    Selma's Table
    July 12, 2014

    Hi Cathy – I am one of the co-hosts this week for Fiesta Friday – welcome! Coals are the bane of my life – I love the flavour but also never know how many coals to use and struggle to get them going too – it’s always a bit hit and miss! A friend of mine makes twists with newspaper that he places under and around the coals. He lights these to get the coals going…I tend to use those little cubes of fire starters then cross my fingers and hope for the best!! Your peach salsa sounds fabulous – lovely flavour combination with the mint and jalapeno. On another note, I can’t see that you have mentioned Fiesta Friday or linked to it in your post. Please would you edit your post to include a link to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #24 post – that way your post will also be eligible for a feature. Thank you for sharing this with us and Happy Fiesta Friday!!

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      Cathy
      July 12, 2014

      My brother uses the newspaper trick too! In the end, he was the one who helped us get our fire started, haha. I’ll have to try the cubed fire starters though. Thanks for the tip and Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    Hilda
    July 12, 2014

    Your grilling story sounds very familiar – it does take practice. Thanks for the chuckle. And for sharing your fruity recipe with all of us at Fiesta Friday. I will give it a try once we get our local peaches, which should be soon.

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      Cathy
      July 12, 2014

      Haha! I’m glad you can appreciate my smoke inhalation. 😉

      And, I love this recipe…and basically anything that involves stone fruits. :)

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      Cathy
      July 14, 2014

      Thank you Indu! I think that the spice perfectly complements the sweet… but I always love these types of flavors in a dish!

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