Whizbang Salsa II: Tomatillo Edition

Late-ripening tomatillos have replaced summer’s steady stream of tomatoes, from my own vines and from the Co-op‘s.

I love the tangy-tart of tomatillos, but I never know what to do with them besides make salsa verde. With the season is so short, though, I guess it’s not a horrible rut to be in.

Using the same roast-then-blend technique as with the red salsa last month, you can whip up a pint or so in less than 20 minutes.

Say good nightshade, Gracie. A salsa of tart tomatillos brightens up everything from chicken to eggs, whichever comes first.
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos
  • 1/2 large white onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed
  • 3-5 hot peppers, destemmed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • handful of chopped cilantro (optional)
  • fresh lime juice (optional)

Peel the husks from the tomatillos and rinse off any sticky residue.

Who doesn’t love an autumn leaf pile?

Cut the tomatillos in half. Arrange in a single layer on a foil-covered, rimmed baking sheet, along with the garlic, onions, and peppers. Sprinkle with salt.

Broil for 4-5 minutes, rotating the pan midway through. At this point, remove to a plate any bits that are already nicely charred (I pulled out the peppers and the garlic).

Return the pan to the broiler, and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until the tomatillo skins are well blistered.

Ready for the oven
Before the broiler . . .
. . . and after. Steamy and spotted.

Load the works into a blender or food processor, holding back one or two hot peppers. Carefully pulse until you get a chunky salsa. Taste. Add more peppers and/or salt if you want, then pulse again until you get a consistency you like.

Let cool slightly. Add a squeeze of lime juice and stir in the cilantro.

Use as a chip dip, spoon over chicken or fish, or brighten up some scrambled eggs (breakfast burrito, anyone?). Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Dig it.

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