Thursday, July 12, 2012

Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa

Holy Tomatillo!!

Looking for a fun way to switch up your salsa? Try this Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato SalsaA lot of us have made our own versions of salsa or pico de gallo, this is not much different at all. Rather than using tomatoes you are using tomatillos along with garlic, jalepeno & cilantro. 

A tomatillo is part of the tomato family, it is green and the flavor is zesty with a sour/sweet fruit finish. Here is the simple recipe. 

Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa   

5-6 tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed until no longer sticky
1 large jalepeno 
4 large cloves of garlic
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste 
1 large plum tomato, sliced  OR a handful of cherry tomatoes

Start by removing the husks & stems from the tomatillos.  Next rinse them under cold water to remove the sticky exterior.  Don't worry if you cant get it all off.  With a small knife, remove any imperfections on the outer flesh. 
Next, cut the stem of the jalepeno off and split in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and inner white flesh (optional - remember most of the peppers heat lays in the seeds).
Remove the outer peel of the garlic cloves, leaving them whole.  Cut off the woody end.
Now, arrange the tomatillos, jalepeno and whole garlic cloves on a foil lined baking sheet.
Put in the oven on the BROIL setting and cook for a few minutes.  Remove garlic cloves first to avoid developing a bitter taste, as they will toast quickly.  Continue to roast jalepenos and tomatillos until evenly charred, turning occasionally.
Do not remove the charred parts, this really adds a nice flavor to the salsa. 
Lastly, place all the ingredients into a blender including the cilantro.  Blend until you get a even consistency.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 
Refrigerate until serving.  This will last for up to a week in the fridge.  
Serving Suggestions: serve with pita or tortilla chips, over tacos or with fish.  Check out my Ahi Tuna with Boniato, Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa with a Citrus Jus recipe for a succulent dinner idea. 

Listening to: Jason Mraz - Lucky
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