Backyard Get Togethers
Spring in Paso Robles is the perfect time to have friends over for a little backyard fun. Temperatures are ideal and with all the rain this winter, the abundance of greenery and freshly bloomed plants makes being outdoors even more rewarding.
If your friends are like mine, any type of get together involves food and wine. There are so many fun appetizers, but who doesn’t love a big bowl of chips and some salsa?
One of my friends who has a real talent for making a wide range of salsas, brought a trio with him on a recent visit. His “Toasty Roasty”,
Pico de Gallo and Mango Habenero were all delicious. Our group decided the hands down winner was the Mango Habenero (the photo at the top of the post might have given that away). With a little arm twisting, I convinced him to share his recipe.
Mango Habanero with Tequila Salsa
Recipe by Steve Rodriguez
- 2 ripe, firm mangoes, diced
- 1/2 medium white onion, chopped and rinsed
- 1 habanero pepper, seeded and chopped
- Juice of one lime
- 1 oz 100% agave tequila
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
- Optional 1/2 Roma tomato diced for color
Combine all ingredients together. If the salsa has been sitting for awhile be sure to give it a good stir prior to serving.
Not just for chips!
While it is delicious served with tortilla chips, this salsa is also perfect served on a wide range of meats. We tried it with grilled pork chops and grilled chicken that evening. I am also going to make this next time I grill fish.
Eat this with Rosé
There are a wide range of wines that will pair well with grilled meat topped with this salsa. I have to say it makes me think pink!
It is early in the season for me to have picked my favorite Paso rosés (I’ve only been out to sample a few); however, here are some that I have enjoyed and can recommend. I should note I haven’t had a bad one so far this year — Paso pinks seem to get better and better!
- Bushong 2018 Pretty in Pink
- Hearst Ranch 2018 Rosé Julia
- Mystic Hills 2018 H.E.A.R.T.S Rosé
- Pear Valley 2018 Rosé
- Ranchero Cellars 2017 Galaxie Rosé (I’ve had a sneak peak of the 2018 coming soon too!)
- Robert Hall 2018 Rosé (soon to be released on the website)
- Zenaida 2018 ZC Pink
I’ll plan a few tasting trips soon so I can report back with my top
rosé picks for this year. If you have any favorites post them in the comments.