This past weekend was a fall tailgate for the Alabama game, even though there was no tail and we gated in the den. The main attraction was ribs. I wanted to serve something to cut the fattiness of the ribs. As it turns out, the rub was a bit on the spicy side, so something cooling was also in order.
There has been truly lovely fruit at the local big box store. The trouble with lovely fruit at the local big box store is the fruit comes in big boxes. There have been plums and apricots and those hybrid plumcot, Pluot, and Aprium varieties and some nice peaches, though they are not peaches from Chilton County, Alabama, home of the worlds greatest peaches, but I digress....
Several times I have bought fruit and every time, I have ended up making jam, as I cannot eat all the big boxes before the fruit starts to get overripe. Not that jars of pluotpriumcot jam is not delightful.
For my ribs, I thought it would be nice to make fruity salsa with my bounty. It turned out to be a keeper and one of the few recipes that has garnered multiple requests and lingering reviews.
Stone Fruit Salsa
8 stone fruits (a combination of plums, apricots, peaches, plumcot, Pluot, and Aprium, even cherries would work), roughly chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
Chopped cilantro or parsley
Salt to taste
1 lemon, juiced
Mix everything together in a bowl. Let sit at least one hour to marinate the flavors.
The lemon was an afterthought. After I tasted the salsa I thought it needed just a touch of brightening. I also thought a splash of a cider or fruity vinegar would add a nice touch. If I was serving the salsa with a plain chicken or pork, I might as a finely chopped jalapeno, as there is no such thing as "too hot" for me. I am sure I will keep tweaking this one.