Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tomatillo Salsa

Several years ago, one of Farmer Mike's customers - the ones that were buying tomatillos by the bushel - shared their salsa recipe with those of us who were bugging them about what the heck they did with all those tomatillos. Salsa. They made vats of salsa. Apparently they either filled their freezer with frozen goodness, or got sick of the stuff, or both, because the past few years there have been tomatillos for the rest of us, and I've been buying them.

Here is the recipe. Except for the first time, I've never make it exactly like this, and since it's not a formula like baking, feel free to tweak to your taste.

Tomatillo Salsa

1/4 C water
10-12 tomatillos, husks removed, cut in half
1/2 medium onion, quartered
2 cloves garlic
2 jalapeno peppers
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1 lime

Put water, tomatillos and onion into a sauce pan. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until the tomatillos are tender.

In a blender, place cooked onion, tomatillos and any remaining water. Add garlic, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, salt and juice of one lime. Blend until all ingredients are smooth. Place sauce in a bowl and refrigerate.

The end.

1 - I change things around ... I am a rebel.
2 - You can use more or less in the tomatillo-to-onion ratio and it will be fine.
3 - I used a poblano pepper today instead of a jalapeno.
4 - I used a fist-full of cilantro instead of a few Tbs because I love the stuff.
5 - I have, in a desperate moment, eaten this warm.
6 - This salsa is part of a grilled Chicken recipe, so think of options of using it as a sauce instead of munchies.
7 - There is also a no-cooking variety of this recipe with the same ingredients, but the details escape me at the moment. It was shared verbally, and well, we all know how well I remember things. You can food-process all of the ingredients (not sure about the liquid part, though) and it comes out more like a relish.

Now go forth and make some of this!!! Please report back on how you liked it, and what you changed, if anything.

I'll be back later with some cards. REALLY!


  1. Oh yum! I will crave this until I get home to make it! I can't wait! And I will report back! :)

    Thank you!

  2. Mmmmm...except I would have to leave out the cilantro. I think I'm allergic to it, it makes me really sick. Oh, and the garlic, makes me really sick, too. I think it's that vampire thing. But I love, love tomatillos! (Spell check doesn't, though)


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