Cranberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips and A Giveaway
When it comes to Christmas dinner, some years it’s a formal affair served buffet-style, and some years we bring finger foods for an all-day grazing experience. I know, who wouldn’t love that?! No matter which form of meal(s) occurs, each family usually brings a dish or two to share. And on top of the meats and starches and vegetables and rolls, there are cheeses and crackers and savory bites and sweet little Christmas candies and cookies. It’s rich, decadent food that can easily overtake the seasoned eaters, you know … the ones who knowingly show up in fat pants!
This year, I’m offering Cranberry Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips. My Aunt Connie made a similar version of this years ago, and it’s something I resurrect from time to time. It’s utterly delicious … and fantastically fresh … and refreshing. It’s so good you want to eat it by the spoonful! It’s a palate cleanser and a fruity respite from the bold and the beautiful flavors of other Christmas dishes. And best of all? No sugar!
I received a Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
The sweetness of the berries, combined with fresh-squeezed orange juice, and then the oranges themselves, give this salsa enough sweetness to overcome the bite of fresh cranberries. Chop it all together in a food processor and you have the makings of a magic elixir (yeah, it’s that good). The good folks at Hamilton Beach offered to send me a Stack and Snap™ 10-Cup Food Processor and I gave it a try while making this recipe.
One of the annoyances I have with most food processors is the lid. It has to be situated just right before you can turn and lock into place. The Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap is different. Push the lid down and snap into place with two black flaps on each side. Simple. And this food processor is a chopping, mixing, pureeing machine, literally. A series of buttons allows you to process individual foods by chopping, slicing, shredding or mixing. You can process soups, sauces, or other liquids without worrying about leaks because the 10-cup bowl is sealed. And another wonderful feature: the chopping blade locks in the bowl and stays put during pouring — a feature I love. Want to learn more? Check out this video. And hey, what a GREAT Christmas gift! Or maybe you’re feeling lucky …
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Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap™ 10-cup Food Processor
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- 3 mandarin oranges (I used Halo)
- Zest of one orange
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsp. natural sweetener like Stevia
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Combine berries, orange juice, oranges, mint and zest in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to chop berries.
- Add spices and natural sweetener. Pulse to combine.
- Pour into a serving bowl, garnish with fresh mint, and serve with cinnamon chips.
Brush water over the surface of tortillas, sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and stevia (could use sugar) much like you would for toast. Cut like a pie and place triangles on a bake sheet. Heat under the broiler until just beginning to brown, then flip and repeat. Remove to a paper towel until ready to serve.
If you're not concerned about sugar, you could also purchase ready-made cinnamon chips.