While at the bookstore last week I picked up a little book in the sale section called The Great Salsa Book. I like salsa and I think I make a pretty good basic Tomato Salsa Fresca. This weekend, on a whim I thought I would try the first recipe in the book, Tomatilla Salsa Verde. I’ve never really had a green salsa, living in New England and all, but I thought what the heck, let’s give it a shot.
Tomatillo Salsa Verde
- 1 lb tomatillos
- 3 Serrano chiles with seeds (I had Jalapenos, so I used them)
- 3/4 cup cilantro leaves
- 2 tbls. lime juice
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
Husk & rinse the tomatillos. Coarsely chop them & place them in a food processor or blender. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor & puree. Transfer to a serving dish but let it sit for about 30 minutes before serving.
I tried this as soon as it came out of the food processor – it was terrible! Very bitter! SO, I let it sit like the recipe says and, lo and behold, it was much better. Still, fairly bitter, but quite nice on a corn chip. Interesting.
After that, I was inspired to do more salsas! I had two poblanos and a left over Fresno pepper and two jalapenos. I roasted them by putting them under the broiler and flipping them as they blackened their skins. Out of the oven and into a plastic bag to steam for 20 minutes. Out of the bag, peel the skins off and de-seed. I then diced my roasted peppers and put in a bowl. Add to that a small onion, diced, one large tomato, peeled and diced. A tablespoon or two of olive oil and 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, salt, ½ small bunch of cilantro and ½ of a lime, juiced.
This one – really good. The roasted peppers added a different dimension and it wasn’t as spicy/hot as my regular salsa.
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