11 August 2011

recipe: slow roasted tomatillo poblano salsa

This salsa uses fresh, in-season ingredients and is quite simple to make, though you will need a food processor or blender. This also freezes well so you can heat things up well into the winter. Tomatillos have a nice tart, citrusy taste reminiscent of lime.

Slow Roasted Tomatillo Poblano Salsa
Makes 2-3 cups

1lb. tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1/2 lb. poblano peppers (add a couple of jalepenos or a serrano if you want it spicier)
peeled cloves from 2 heads of garlic
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 425ยบ and prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment or non-stick spray. Wrap the garlic cloves in a piece of foil and place in the corner of the baking sheet. Spread the whole peppers on the rest of the tray and roast for about 30-40 minutes or until the peppers are browned and tender-- you may turn them over once during the roasting time. Remove from the oven and allow to cool enough so that you can handle them.

In the meantime, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add in the tomatillos, return to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 7-10 minutes, or just until the tomatillos begin to split their skins. Drain and set aside to cool.

Remove the stems from the peppers-- you should be able to pull them straight out, some of the seeds will come out as well. Leaving the rest of the seeds is fine. Combine the tomatillos, garlic, de-stemmed peppers, and salt into the blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add water to preferred consistency. Check for seasoning and adjust as needed.

Use as a sauce for enchiladas, taco sauce,  for dipping, or anything you like salsa on.

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