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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Salsa Verde with Roasted Tomatillos

Ah, thought I was done with the quick and easy roasted recipes didn't you? Just one more. I made a nice salsa verde with roasted tomatillos for my brother's Memorial Day party. Tomatillos are in the same family, but a different genus, from the tomato. They look, but do not taste, like green tomatoes.
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Salsa Verde with Roasted Tomatillos You'll need: About 2 lbs tomatillos, 1 lb will reduce to less than 1 cup after cooking 2 jalapenos, or more if you want spicier 1 small bunch cilantro 1 small bunch green onions 1 lime, juiced Salt, to taste Look at all the lovely green to truly make this truly verde. Tomatillos in their papery husks, cilantro, jalapenos, and green onions. The green onions are from my garden.
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Tomatillos are surrounded by a papery husk. Look for the freshest and greenest husks as possible. Split open the husks a little to pick firm, smooth tomatillos. Peel off all the husks and discard.
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Tomatillos got their name because people thought they were baby green tomatoes.
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Wash and halve tomatoes. Remove the stems. De-seed and halve the jalapenos. Lightly oil a pan and lay tomatillos and jalapenos, skin side up. Lightly spray oil and sprinkle a light layer of salt on top. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about half an hour until tomatillos are slightly golden.
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Meanwhile, wash and roughly chop the bunches of cilantro and green onions. When the tomatillos are done, they'll release a lot of liquid so scoop them out with a slotted spoon into a food processor. Add in the jalapenos, chopped cilantro, and chopped green onions. Puree until desired consistency. I like mine roughly smooth. Add juice of one lime. Taste and add salt if necessary.
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Serve with tortilla chips, or top Carne Asada (Mexican Grilled Meat) or Tacos al Pastor (Mexican Shepherd-Style Tacos).
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Enjoy! Other salsa recipes: Guacamole Mango Salsa Salsa Fresca I brought the salsa verde to my brother's Memorial Day party. Where it joined the rest of the goodies. There's the oldest '87 making mojitos with fresh apple mint.
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That was a pretty fine mojito.
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The oldest '88 made salmon ceviche.
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Iced tea and sangria.
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Bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
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I made some Mo Hanh (Vietnamese Scallion Oil) to slather on the corn.
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And the middle '87 made a smooth and creamy cheesecake. So good that when I inquired about leftovers the next day, cousin Q told me my youngest uncle had eaten half a cheesecake. Gone!
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***** 1 year ago today, bulgogi and kalbi (Korean barbecued beef and short ribs).


  1. Green salsa is my absolute favorite. Also green chile with pork or chicken. I'm trying to grow my own tomatillas this year. Wish me luck!

  2. Thanks for the salsa recipe.

  3. Oh my gosh--I really need to stop reading your blog so late at night. All of these recipies and photos make me hungry! It looks like you had a fabulous meal with your family.

    Thanks for all of your great recipies! Now, where to find tomatillos in Jolly old England. Hmmmm.

  4. Very nice recipe... I would love to try finally tomatillos... they are from the same family with other Physalis I tried recently: Cape Gooseberry:

    I dipped it in chocolate, delicious:

    Have a nice day, Margot

  5. I really like roasted tomatillo salsa and yours looks good!

  6. oh i've been looking for a salsa verde recipe. this looks so nice and tangy. yum!!

  7. Darlene,
    Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing how your tomatillos come out.

    You're welcome.

    Just a Plane Ride Away,
    Tomatillos in England. That's a challenge for sure!

    Thanks for the link. That's very interesting. At first I thought the Cape gooseberries would look like the other kind of gooseberries, but I guess not.


    I hope you like it.

  8. :o! Bacon wrapped hotdogs! Good looking salsa too!

  9. Just discovered your blog. You have some lovely recipes. I like your version of salsa verde.

  10. Amy,

    Thanks! Oh no, I already know another "The Budding Cook." How will I tell you two apart? :P

  11. my dad ate half a cheesecake!?!?

  12. Tania,
    Yup. Well, between him and your mom. Half a cheesecake. In one day!


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