Thursday, February 28, 2008

¿Cómo se dice Tomatillos?

You know when you go to mexican restaurants with "salsa bars" and they always have that green tomatillo sauce? It happens to be my favorite over any other salsa's usually so I faced my fears and conquered the task of making my own.

Tomatillos are sort of like plantains in where they look like a fruit we can eat right off the vine, but in reality, they require some level of cooking and preparation. Below is a delicious, simple, roasted tomatillo salsa.

Let's get started with what you need:

  1. Tomatillos. 6 will make about 2 cups.
  2. An onion, a few cloves of garlic, a jalapeno, and cilantro
What to do:
  1. The tomatillos come in a husk. The skin inside the husk is very sticky. Rinse the tomatillos in water for a bit and then take off the husks.
  2. If you choose to use the jalapeno then just cut it in half and take out the seeds and the white part.
  3. Rough chop all of the other ingredients and throw everything into a foil-lined pan.
  4. You can roast as-is or you can spray just a little with cooking spray.
  5. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 mins to an hour. Roasting anything always takes about that time.

Finish up:

  1. Take everything out of the oven, put in a blender or food processor, and puree it. I actually don't even add salt or pepper to this because the tomatillos have such a sweet flavor that the mixture is just fine the way it is. And that's it. Zero carbs and zero fat.
  2. I like to top mine with a little crema mexicana because the contrast is delicious.

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