Appetizers

Baba Ganoush

Ohhhhh man, do I ever LOVE baba ganoush – like seriously!  I think I might actually like it better than hummus.  Yes, I said it – baba is better than hummus.  I mean, I will always love that garlicky chick pea dip but something about baba just makes my heart sing!  Something about the roasted eggplant flavor, creamy greek yogurt, and tahini combined with garlic and lemon juice just makes me giggle with joy – give me some solid Naan to use as transportation mechanism and I am SET!  Look out summer BBQs – you’re getting a new side dish!

This recipe is FAB-U-LOUS.  Seriously.  It tastes just like the stuff that we got at a Lebanese bakery when I was a kid – the stuff my Lebanese-craving dreams are made of.  I’ve never quite found anything that compared to my childhood memory until I tried this recipe – its just about spot on!

Now apparently traditional baba doesn’t have yogurt in it?  I didn’t know that, but I read it in the same cookbook that I got this recipe from.  Throw that thought out the window because this dip wouldn’t be quite the same without it.

Take a break and try your hand at Baba Ganoush – you might not like hummus as much as you think!

  • 2 eggplants (about 1 1/2 lbs. total)
  • 3 TBS tahini
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 3/4 c. Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 small garlic cloves, crushed
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBS chopped flat leaf parsley (Which I forgot in the picture above.  Whoops!)

Prick the eggplants in a few places with a knife or fork to prevent them from exploding.  Place them on a rimmed baking sheet under the broiler for 35-45 minutes or until the skins are wrinkled and the eggplant are very soft.

When cool enough to handle, peel the eggplants and place them in a fine colander or strainer.  Press out as much of the liquids as possible.  Still in the colander, chop the flesh with a pointed knife, then mash with a fork or wooden spoon, letting the liquids escape through the holes.  Add a tiny squeeze of lemon juice to keep the puree looking pale and appetizing.

In a bowl, beat the tahini with the lemon juice (the tahini stiffens at first then softens), then beat in the yogurt.  Add in the mashed eggplants, garlic to taste, and some salt.  Beat vigorously and taste to adjust the flavoring.

Serve drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with parsley.

Recipe Courtesy of Arabesque by Claudia Roden

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Saffron Chicken & Sausage Tamales with Cilantro Cream

After my tamale experience a few months ago, I was pretty eager to try out some more recipes for tamales.  I had learned a couple lessons from the last time (like kitchen twine instead of corn husk ties and spreading the masa thin) and was rip-rearing to go!  Don’t get me wrong, the last recipe was really good – I just wanted to try MORE!

These were really yummy and used a different cooking technique from my first batch…jury is still out on which method I thought was most effective.  Both methods were easy for sure, I’m just not sure which one yielded the best results.  I do know that I definitely scorched a dish towel with this cooking method.  Whoops!

I really like this recipe for the masa better than the first one (MUCH more flavor) and think that I’m going to make this one my standard and just experiment with fillings and toppings going forward (Branden really thinks I need to come up with a sauce to pour over them – the way they’re served in many Mexican restaurants).

Enjoy!

Masa

  • 2 c. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
  • 3 3/4 c. masa harina
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. chilled lard

Combine chicken broth and ancho chiles in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until chiles are tender; cool slightly, Combine broth mixture and corn in a blender; process until smooth.

Lightly spoon masa harina into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine masa harina, salt, and baking powder, stirring well with a whisk. Cut in lard with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add broth mixture to masa mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Tamale Filling

  • 1/2 lb. ground chorizo
  • 2 c. chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 c. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. saffron threads
  • 2 1/4 c. shredded roasted chicken breast

Additional Ingredients

  • 2 c. hot water
  • 24 dried corn husks

Cream

  • 3/4 c. fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp. hot sauce

Place corn husks in a large bowl; cover with water. Weight husks down with a can; soak 30 minutes. Drain husks.

To prepare filling, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until browned. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and saffron; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in chicken; remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Working with one husk at a time, place about 3 tablespoons Basic Masa Dough in the center of husk about 1/2 inch from top of husk; press dough into a 4-inch-long by 3-inch-wide rectangle. Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoona chicken mixture down one side of dough. Using the corn husk as your guide, fold husk over tamale, being sure to cover filling with dough; fold over 1 more time. Fold bottom end of husk under. Place tamale, seam side down, on the rack of a broiler pan lined with a damp towel. Repeat procedure with remaining husks, Basic Masa Dough, and filling. Cover filled tamales with another damp towel. Pour 2 cups hot water in the bottom of a broiler pan; top with prepared rack.

Steam tamales at 450° for 55 minutes, adding water as necessary to maintain a depth of about 1/2 inch. Let tamales stand 10 minutes.

To prepare cream, combine sour cream and remaining ingredients, stirring well. Serve with tamales.

Adapted slightly from Cooking Light

 

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Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa

First, I just realized that I uploaded a photo for Friday’s post but never actually inserted it into the post.  Whoops!  Its there now!!

Ok, now on to something new!  This is another Branden dish (someday I have got to get that boy to write his own posts!!) that he made for me for Valentine’s Day.  I’m not sure that this dish is actually a ton healthier than the fried version (mostly because its hanging out in a coconut milk sauce), but oh my goodness does it ever have so much more flavor!

I realized after we scarfed the shrimp down that there’s no shots with the mango salsa.  Oh well, just picture chopped mango and onions peppering the bowl of shrimp.  YUM!

Enjoy!

 

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 5 basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Coconut Shrimp:

  • 2 jalapenos, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 TBS dark brown sugar
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 1/2 lime, zested
  • 1/4 c. coconut milk
  • Small handful basil leaves, torn
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 15 grinds pepper
  • 1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp

For the salsa:

Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Make up to a day in advance.  Keep covered in the refrigerator.

For the shrimp:

In a mixing bowl, combine jalapenos, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime zest, coconut milk, basil, vegetable oil, salt, and pepper.  Add the shrimp and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours, refrigerated.

Heat a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Use tongs or a fork to remove the shrimp from the marinade and place in an even layer in the pan, reserving the marinade.

Cook the shrimp until well browned on each side, turning once, about 3-4 minutes total.  Transfer cooked shrimp to a serving plate.

Add reserved marinade to pan, bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Pour over the cooked shrimp and serve with rice and salsa.

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Lightened-Up Spinach & Artichoke Dip

In a last minute effort to create something delicious and nothorribly unhealthy for the Superbowl last week, I found a lightened-up version of Spinach and Artichoke dip…with bacon.  Yes, bacon.  Yum.

This recipe was delicious and was a hit at the party probably because most didn’t even know that it was low fat (my kind of party food).  It was also super easy, so watch out, you may be finding yourself making this on a regular basis.

Enjoy!

  • 1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 c. (about 2 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 5 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (14-ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry

Preheat oven to 350°.

Arrange baguette slices in a single layer on 2 large baking sheets, and coat bread with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned.

Place mayonnaise, garlic, 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, and fat-free cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended and creamy. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, bacon, artichoke hearts, and spinach. Spread mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Serve with toasted baguette slices.

Cooking Light

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White Chile con Queso Fondue with Chorizo

Game Day is COMING!  I can’t believe its here already!  Sadly, couldn’t tell you who’s playing but I know I’m excited for the social opportunities that come with the “big game.”  Its all about the parties.

Part of the reason why I can’t believe its here already is because it marks the one year anniversary of correcting my feet – surgery numero uno was the day after the Super Bowl last year. Its been an interesting year with the feets but I’m happy to say that they’re at about 90% and I even wore heels TWICE last week.  That’s a huge deal for a vertically-challenged, shoe-lovin’ woman!

But you probably don’t care so much about my feet and my love for shoes as you do about food.  So onwards…

To me, the Super Bowl is a big giant excuse to eat really unhealthy for a day.  Anyone share that sentiment or am I just looking for excuses?  Regardless, I’ve got an awesome dip for you!

Looking to “theme” your game day food (it drive me BONKERS if foods don’t at least kind of go together, even finger foods.  I’m OCD you could say), then check out these posts from my Mexican-themed New Years that could/should be prepared for game day!

Tamales

Avocado, Orange, and Pomegranate Salsa

Mexican Fruit Salad

You might as well throw in some pico de gallo, guacamole, and of course some quality tortilla chips.  These are my FAVORITE (heck, I even eat them without dips!).

Enjoy!

  • 12 oz. spicy Mexican chorizo sausage, crumbled
  • 12 oz. queso fresco, crumbled
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 c. Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 1 c. pico de gallo
  • 3 TBS tequila
  • 1 TBS cornstarch
  • 2 TBS water
  • Mexican hot sauce to taste (optional)

Place the chorizo in a large fondue pot over medium heat.  As the sausage begins to cooks, stir frequently to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.  When the sausage is almost cooked, add the cheeses, crema, pico de gallo, and tequila.  Keep whisking until the cheese melts.  The mixture should become smooth after about 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add the mixture to the fondue.  Stir until slightly thickened.  Taste and add hot sauce if desired.

Serve immediately over low heat.

Adapted slightly from Hallie Harron’s Not Your Mother’s Fondue

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Pico de Gallo

I love dips – especially ones that aren’t going to add to my waistline (take our the fact that my favorite dipper is usually tortilla chips).  Pico de Gallo has been a favorite of mine for a long time because its basically a fresh, chunky salsa that’s full of flavor.

Enjoy this classic recipe with your favorite tortilla chips or over fish tacos.

*Note: make sure to make this at least an hour before serving so that the flavors have time to meld.

Pico de Gallo

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 4 scallions, green parts only, minced
  • 3 jalepenos, seeded and minced
  • 2 serrano chile peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro, minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Coarse sea salt

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except salt) and mix well.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour and up to 24 hours.  Add salt to taste just before serving.

Adapted from Kelley Cleary Coffeen

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BBQ Ribs and Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Creme Fraiche

Did you know that you can cheat and make BBQ ribs in the slow cooker?  Yup, true story.

I got an All-Clad slow cooker for my birthday a few weeks ago (thanks Mom & Dad!!) which has been much fun!  I had never had one of these gems before and now I’m hooked.  How great is it that I can throw a bunch of stuff in there, turn it on as I’m frantically running out the door at 6:45 and have dinner ready to serve when I get home 11 hours later?  Let me tell you, its pretty stinking amazing.

Enter my really fast but gourmet looking dinner the other night.  First, I’ll let you in the the painfully difficult challenge of cooking ribs in the slow cooker (seriously, you’re going to wonder why you’ve never done this before) and then I’ll introduce you to a new fancier version of sweet potato fries.  YUM!

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs

  • 3 lb rack of pork ribs, split into two racks
  • 1 can of Coca Cola
  • Spice Rub

The night before, generously rub the ribs down on all sides with the spice rub.  Cover and refrigerate over night.  In the morning, place the ribs in the slow cooker and pour 1 can of Coke over top.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Remove ribs from slow cooker and place on a baking sheet.  Place ribs under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until they begin to crisp on top.

Serve immediately with your favorite BBQ sauce.  We really like this one.  Like, a lot (choose the Hickory one).

Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Creme Fraiche

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs)
  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 fresh red chile, finely diced (shockingly, I couldn’t find a red chile so I used a seeded jalepeno)
  • 1 c. cilantro, leaves picked

Lemongrass Creme Fraiche

  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 3/4 c. creme fraiche
  • grated zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400°.  Wash the sweet potatoes but don’t peel them.  Cut each lengthwise in half.  Cut again lengthwise into quarters and then once more in the same way, so you have 8 long wedges.

Place the wedges in a roasting pan that has been lined with parchment paper and brushed lightly with some of the olive oil.  Brush the wedges with the remaining oil and sprinkle with a mixture of the ground coriander and salt.  Roast for about 25 minutes , or until sweet potato is tender and golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.  The wedges can be eaten warm or at room temp.

To make the sauce, very finely chop the lemongrass and grind finely in a spice grinder.  Whisk with all of the other ingredients for the dipping sauce and set aside.

When ready to serve, place the wedges on a large, flat serving dish.  Sprinkle with the diced chile and cilantro and serve with the sauce on the side.

Sweet potato and sauce recipe courtesy of Yotam Ottolenghi

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Lightened Up Samosas

One of my co-workers is from India and treats us every once in awhile to samosas that he makes the night before. They.  Are.  Incredible.  Like seriously.  I don’t know how he does it, but they’re even good reheated in the microwave.  What fried food is actually good reheated in the microwave?  None…accept for these.

Unfortunately for you, I don’t have that amazing recipe, BUT I did find a recipe for some lighter ones that are pan fried rather than deep fried.  The filling tasted pretty similar and I have to imagine these were easier to assemble than the treats I often look forward to.

Oh and make sure you make the chutney, too – its delicious!

Enjoy!

Chutney

  • 1/2 c. fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 c. fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 c. chopped red onion
  • 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1 TBS water
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. sugar
  • 1 serrano chile, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger

Samosas

  • 1 1/4 c. mashed cooked peeled baking potatoes
  • 1/4 c. cooked yellow lentils
  • 1 TBS minced fresh mint
  • 1 tsp. Madras curry powder
  • 1 tsp. butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 c. frozen petite green peas, thawed
  • 10 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

To prepare chutney, combine first 9 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Set aside.

To prepare samosas, combine potatoes, lentils, mint, curry powder, 1 teaspoon butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cumin. Gently fold in peas.

Working with 1 egg roll wrapper at a time (cover remaining wrappers to prevent drying), cut down middle to form 2 long rectangles. Moisten edges of wrapper with egg. Spoon 1 tablespoon potato mixture near bottom edge of wrapper. Fold up from 1 corner to the opposite outer edge of the wrapper, making a triangle. Fold over to opposite side again as if folding up a flag. Repeat fold to opposite side to form a triangle. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Lightly coat samosas with cooking spray. Add samosas to pan, and cook 1 minute on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with chutney.

Cooking Light

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Hot Tamales!

The “main dish” at our little Mexican-themed New Year’s party were beef tamales.  I’ve never made them before but have always wanted to try…and I have to say, they turned out pretty darn good.  My only change would be next time I will make the masa just a little bit thinner…or just fill with a bit more meat.

Don’t be intimidated by tamales, I was actually shocked at how easy they were to make!  Best part?  Not only were they delicious fresh, but they can be frozen and steamed later.  Hello snacks on demand!

Little tip: traditional tamales are tied with pieces of corn husk.  None of that nonsense – kitchen twine is so much easier (and it won’t leave you frustrated because it won’t tear)!  Also, I don’t own a fancy veggie steamer, so I simply put a colander in my stock pot, making sure that the water in the bottom didn’t make contact with the tamales.  Easy enough.

Enjoy!

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. beef stew meat
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground dried red New Mexico chile
  • 16 large dried cornhusks

Dough:

  • 3 c. masa harina
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 TBS butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 c. fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 c. water

Additional “Ingredient”:

  • 16 pieces of kitchen twine

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare filling, heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Add beef; sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Stir in 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring mixture to a boil. Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender.

Transfer beef to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Pour drippings into a glass measure. Add enough water to drippings to equal 1 cup. Wipe pan with paper towels.

Shred beef into bite-sized pieces. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Return beef to pan; sprinkle with flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in ground chile; stir in drippings mixture. Reduce heat, and cook 7 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring often. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

Place whole cornhusks in a large bowl; cover with water. Weight husks down with a can; soak 30 minutes. Drain husks.

To prepare dough, combine masa and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add butter and oil; stir well. Add broth and 1 cup water; stir until a soft dough forms.

Working with one husk at a time, place about 1/4 cup masa dough in the center of the husk; press dough into a 4 x 3-inch rectangle. Spoon about 2 tablespoons beef mixture down one side of the dough. Using the corn husk as your guide, roll tamale up, jelly-roll style; fold bottom ends of the husk under. Tie 1 piece of twine around tamale to secure; stand upright in a vegetable steamer. Repeat procedure with the remaining whole corn husks, masa dough, beef mixture, and twine. Steam tamales, covered, 50 minutes, or until the dough is firm. Remove tamales from vegetable steamer; let stand 5 minutes. Serve with Red Chile Sauce, if desired.

 

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Navel Orange, Pomegranate, & Avocado Salsa

Happy New Year!!

I’m starting this year fresh with a new, cleaner look to the blog.  I was never a huge fan of my old look, but despite having an IT degree, I really have had no desire to design and host my own site, so I picked a generic look from WordPress.  Nothing has changed this year – I still don’t have the desire to design my own site yet, but I did find a new design that I like better…and I hope you do, too!  I also got a photo booth for Christmas so hopefully I can improve my photo skills in the new year, too (please don’t judge my photos in the next few weeks…I’m learning!!).  I shoot everything for my blog right now using this guy, but the lighting is too inconsistent and quite frankly terrible in our house that I really struggle making my pictures look decent despite really loving this camera for what it is – an indestructible point and shoot (p.s., we went snorkeling in Saint Lucia with this thing and the pictures were AMAZING – I highly, highly recommend this camera, especially if you’re not very nice to technology like I am).

Okay, so enough jib-jab about “improvements” to my blog – how about an awesome and healthy salsa that looks like a party in a bowl?!  Great!  I made this for our Mexican-themed New Year’s celebration at our house and it was a huge hit!  The flavors were incredible and so fresh – the oranges really added something different.

Serve this with some hearty chips or on warm flour tortillas…or throw it on a salad with grilled shrimp (you won’t need dressing!).

Enjoy!

  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large navel oranges
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 large hass avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 2/3 c. diced red onion
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 2 green onions, including green tops, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro

In a large bowl, whisk together he lime juice, salt, and pepper until the salt dissolves.

Working with one orange at a time, cut a slice from the top and bottom to reveal the flesh.  Stand the orange upright and slice away from the peel from the sides in wide strips, cutting downward, following the contour of the fruit, and removing all the white pith.  Holding the orange over a bowl, use a sharp paring knife to cut along both sides of each segment, releasing the segments and allowing the juice and segments to drop into the bowl.  Discard any seeds that might adhere to the fruit or drop into the bowl.  Repeat with the remaining oranges (this technique is called “supreming”).  Drain the juice into a measuring cup and set aside.  Cut the orange segments into 1/2″ pieces and add to the bowl containing the lime juice.

To extract the seeds from the pomegranate, cut the fruit into quarters.  Fill a large bowl with cold water and place it in the kitchen sink to contain any squirting pomegranate juice.  Using your fingertips, break the seeds away from the pith under water.  The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.  Discard any pith, drain the water, blot the seeds lightly with paper towels and add to the bowl with the orange segments.

Add the avocado, red onion, jalapeno, green onions, and cilantro to the bowl.  Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the ingredients together, being careful not to mash the avocado.  Add the reserved orange juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the salsa is moist but not soupy.  Taste and adjust the seasoning.  Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and set aside for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.

By Diane Morgan, Skinny Dips

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