Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tomatillo Green Salsa

Tomatillo pronounced toh-MAH-tee-Yo.   Tomatillos are a fruit surrounded by a paper-like husk and are referred to as green tomato in Mexico and are a staple in Mexican cuisine.  The freshness and greenness of the husks are quality criteria.  The smaller tomatillos are sweeter than the larger (golf ball size).  The taste is   of citrus and I think it tasted limey.  They do make a wonderful salsa.

Just Taste this!

Let's make this awesome salsa. 

The Players!

Peel husks off tomatillos, they will be a little sticky.

Give them a good washing.  

Now get some water boiling in a large sauce pan and add all tomatillos and cook for 5 minutes.  Remove and run under cold water or put in a ice bath to stop the cooking process.  Set aside to cool.

Using your rubber gloves, cut and seed 1/2 of the Serrano pepper; leave the other half with the seeds.  This is the heat.

Cut and scoop the avocado, slice and set aside.

Slice the cooked tomatillos in half.

Place in a food processor or blender along with the 1/2 Serrano pepper without the seeds.  Blend well.  Now add 2 slices of pepper off the seeded side.  Add more if you like it hotter.    Place ½ of the avocado a slice at a time, blending constantly (I only used 3/4 of my avocado, it did not need the whole thing).  Then add in the salt and Cilantro at the end.  Taste and if it is too sour add a little sugar.

Pour it up in an air tight container and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.  
It is really pretty and green!

Serve with corn tortilla chips.

This is addictive so be careful, just kidding!

Happy Eating!


Tomatillo Green Salsa 

1 lb tomatillos
1 avocado
1 Serrano pepper
1/4 cup cilantro
1 teaspoon salt

Peel and wash tomatillos.  (Tomatillos are a little sticky so wash thoroughly).  In a large saucepan bring water to a boil.  Add cleaned tomatillos and cook for five minutes.  Remove from hot water and run cold water over them to stop the cooking or put them in an ice bath.

Slice the avocado, set aside.  Using rubber gloves, cut and seed ½ of the Serrano pepper keep other half with seeds.

Cut the tomatillos in half and put into a blender or food processor with 1/2 pepper with out the seeds and begin to puree.  Now add 2 slices of pepper off the seeded side.  Add more if you like it hotter.    Place ½ of the avocado a slice at a time, blending constantly.  Then add in the salt and Cilantro at the end.  Taste and if it is too sour add a little sugar.

Serve with corn tortilla chips or use as a sauce over chicken or fish.

Happy Eating!


ARUNA said...

Lovely presentation Mary!

Louise said...

Hi Mary, I'm growing tomatillo in my garden. I can't wait to try this recipe. I'll get back with you once they are harvested. I'm not sure when this will be though. I did just harvest 16 heads of garlic last weekend. Can't wait to try the garlic as most of the garlic in the US comes from China.


Mary said...

Hi Louise,

Sounds like you have a really nice garden. Mine is on a patio in Atlanta this year and not doing very well at the moment. I hope you like this salsa. I love this stuff! Let me know if you can taste any difference with your home grown garlic. Wow, I would love to have some of that!

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