Restaurant Quality Homemade Salsa

Who loves Homemade Salsa?

Everyone loves Homemade Salsa.  Without a doubt, it’s kept my marriage together!  My wife loves Homemade Salsa and my ability to crank it out in a matter of minutes.  That’s what I want to share with you today. After you flip through this quick tutorial you’ll be able to throw together Restaurant Quality Salsa in no time.  All I ask is that you share this recipe and where it came from with everyone you share the salsa with.  As much as you would like to bathe in the spotlight by taking credit for this recipe, you can do us both a favor by crediting Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen for the ingredients and patting yourself on the back for being the genius that found this Homemade Salsa video recipe!  See, win win all around!

SalsaNow let’s break it down.  Do you like your Salsa mild or hot?  Notice I didn’t say “Spicy”.  It doesn’t matter which you prefer because either way, you are going to get the same amount of spices in this recipe.  But if you want to control the heat, then you’ve got to control the Peppers!  O.K., write that down (or hit the print icon above).  Onions and Peppers bring the Heat, so there has got to be a good balance.  Garlic spices it up a little bit, but it mostly adds that awesome flavor everyone is looking for in their Homemade Salsa.  I know that the Jalapeno’s I’m adding are HOT!  Because of this, I only add 1/2 of a de-seeded Jalapeno and 2 smokey Chipotle Peppers (which are optional).  Other than the seasonings, everything else in this recipe is relative to any other Homemade Salsa recipe you’ve ever had.

Homemade Salsa Ingredients:

6 Roma Tomatoes
1 Onion
1/2 Bell Pepper
1/2 Jalapeno Pepper without Seeds
2 Chipotle Peppers with canned Juice (Optional)
1 Handful of Fresh Cilantro
2 Garlic Cloves
1 tsp Chicken Bouillon
1/4 tsp Cumin
1 tbsp Oregano
1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Squeezed Lime

Add all ingredients to a Blender and serve.  Flavor because more potent and flavorful the longer it marinates.  So this salsa will get better in your refrigerator overnight if you can make it the day before you’d like to serve it.  Homemade Salsa, right here in the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen!

Rack of Lamb with a Mint Panko Crust

Rack of LambTraditional Rack of Lamb!

Who can deny a Rack of Lamb for Easter or for Christmas?  It’s tradition, isn’t it? Well not in my family.  Not that we don’t celebrate these holidays or enjoy many of it’s benefits, but the whole Rack of Lamb mystery seemed to evade our house when I was growing up.  I didn’t understand until recently, and unfortunately I haven’t found another way around it.  An eight rib rack of lamb can run you upwards of $45 bucks, easily.  That’s about 15 bucks a pound considering the average rack weighs about 3 plus pounds.  But I figure, much like Christmas, you’ve got to enjoy life and splurge now and again.  So if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right here in the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen!Rack of Lamb in a Mint Panko Crust

Don’t let the idea of this recipe intimidate you; not one bit.  This recipe is very simple, and it breaks down like this.  First, clean the meat.  Cut and trim away the flap and some of the fat.  Season then sear.  Smear with Mustard.  Roll in the seasoned bread crumbs and bake.  Sound easy enough?  Good, because it really is, and my video instructional, as always will walk you through it step by step and show you how simplified this rack of lamb recipe is.  Not to mention how proud of your self you’ll feel when you take your bow from the applause you receive from your guests.

Rack of Lamb Ingredients:

1 Trimmed Rack of Lamb
1 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs
1 cup Mint leaves
2 green onions
Horseradish Mustard or Honey Dejon Mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste (1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper)
Orange Chile Sauce for dipping or Mint Jelly

Poor Man’s LOBSTER

Poor Man's LobsterMaking Poor Man’s Lobster!

Though this recipe for Poor Man’s Lobster may seem like a play on words here in the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen, I assure you the title and name of this recipe is for real.  Poor Man’s Lobster dates way back and it is a legitimate recipe and cheaper alternative to the real thing.  I can buy a healthy Filet of Cod that will break down into over a dozen 5 oz Lobster tail size pieces for only $12 bucks!  Poor man’s Lobster can be made with Halibut too, and it is the preferred method as far as flavor goes, but you’re also going to be spending a little more for that cut to equal the amount of meat you can slice out of a Cod.  Either way, you will find your self with a few more bills in your wallet if you purchase these two fish and follow a recipe like this one, vs. shelling out the clams for the real deal.  A dozen 5 to 8 oz Lobster tails is going to cost you a minimum of 60 bucks.  So stary with me here and I’ll show you a cheaper, healthy Alternative!

Cutting your Fillet is Simple.  Using a sharp knife, cut across the width of the fillet keeping a 1 1/2 inch portion between each slice.  This will accurately portion out every cut piece to approximately the same size of tail meat you would be pulling from the average lobster tail.  Now all you have to do is follow the recipe below to properly season the water for your Poor Man’s Lobster boil.

Poor Man’s Lobster Ingredients:

1 cod filet
1 pot of water
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice or half squeezed lemon
1/4 stick of butter
2 bay leaves (optional)