Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Mango Chile Sauce

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May (and now June!) is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  I have two big mango trees in my backyard, and both are filled with ripening fruit.  My challenge for myself this month is to use the mangoes to make jams, sauces, and other wonderful things.  (Such a problem, huh?)

mango chileOne of the great things about having so many to use is that it gets me to pull out my canning equipment and supplies.  I bought the stuff years ago, thinking I'd be growing and canning pretty much all the produce we eat.

Well, that hasn't happened yet, though I still have hope to one day grow a garden without killing everything or having the bugs eat everything.  But with the copious amounts of mangoes, I canned mango jam (recipe next week) and mango chile sauce a few days ago.  Here's my results:

Mango Chile Sauce, left, and Mango Jam, right

The Mango Chile Sauce was a first for me.  I got the recipe from the book The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard.  I made a couple of minor changes: I substituted jalapeno peppers instead of the red chile pepper called for, I used regular white vinegar instead of rice vinegar, and I left out the cloves.  You should be very careful in making changes to a canning recipe - any change to the amounts of fruit/vegetables, vinegar, or sugar could mean that the recipe will not work correctly.

If you're canning for the first time, be sure to read in a canning manual the details about the process of canning and follow the directions to the letter.  If you don't can, just keep this sauce in the refrigerator.  With the vinegar, it should keep for some time.

I loved how the sweetness of the mangoes and the pineapple juice contrasted with the sourness of the vinegar and the spiciness of the peppers.  I served this sauce with some baked salmon, and it was delicious.  It would also be great with chicken.

MANGO CHILE SAUCE

3 cups coarsely chopped peeled plum tomatoes (about 8-10 tomatoes - here's how to skin a tomato)
2 cups chopped mango (about 4-5 mangoes - here's how to cut a mango)
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tbsp minced gingerroot
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Combine tomatoes, mango, peppers, vinegar, pineapple juice, onion, celery, gingerroot, and bay leaf in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 1 hour or until thickened.

Add sugar and salt; return to a boil and boil gently for 10 minutes.   Remove and discard bay leaf.

Remove hot jars from canner and ladle sauce into half-pint jars to within 1/2 inch of rim.  Process 15 minutes as described in canning manuals.

Makes 5 half-pint (8 oz) jars.

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19 comments:

Wendy (The Local Cook) June 1, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

I'm so jealous of your mango trees! That would be so cool to have them in one's backyard.

Ms Bibi June 2, 2011 at 12:32 AM  

I never was a big fan of mango, but recently I started using it in many variations and I am really starting to enjoy it a lot.

Thanks for hosting. I linked up my Pepper Steak

NC Sue June 2, 2011 at 5:07 AM  

Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!
NCSue

Hezzi-D June 2, 2011 at 6:26 AM  

I just started canning this year and can't wait for you mango jam recipe! It looks amazing!

Shanon Hilton June 2, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

I posted a recipe using dandelion greens found around the yard. I'd love to hear if anyone else has any wonderful recipes for dandelion greens. Thanks for hosting.

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z June 2, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

I am always looking for new recipes for mangos which we adore! Thanks for sharing. This week I linked a refreshing frozen watermelon smoothie. I am also now following you and would love it if you visited my blog and followed me back.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} June 2, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

I'm not a big mango lover but my hubby is so I am sure he would love. Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party this week!

Cheerful June 3, 2011 at 6:34 AM  

that sounds so delicious and you've made a lot, send me one bottle please? hehehe! anyway, thanks for sharing your recipe and wishing you a great day! :)

Amanda-The Sweet Details June 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

Hey I host a blog hop and I'd LOVE if you came over and shared a recipe! Here's the link :) http://thesweetdetail.blogspot.com/search/label/Savory%20Sunday

i just linked up too :)

Miz Helen June 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

This looks like a great Mango Chile Sauce and to can it is the greatest! I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen June 4, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

What a fabulous looking sauce! This is the week for amazing salsas and sauces at Friday Potluck and I'm enjoying checking them all out.

Tetcha June 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM  

Mango chili sauce sounds interesting! I hope you can visit my FTF entry, too. Thanks! http://www.delightmyappetite.com/2011/06/food-trip-friday-burgoo/

Miranda June 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

My green thumb is still not where it should be. Maybe someday. Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, see you next time!

Marishannon June 7, 2011 at 8:41 AM  

My two year old would love for us to have mango trees in the backyard!

Chef in Training June 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM  

this sauce looks so good! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I love making new blog friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

kankana June 7, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

I love mangoes any time and that combined with chile sounds fun. Thanks a lot for sharing this with hearth and soul hop !

Swathi June 11, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

Mango chile sauce looks awesome. Thanks for sharing with hearth and soul hop.

Emily June 11, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday @ Nap Time Creations! Come back and link again next week! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

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