Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tomatillo Salsa

(I shared this great recipe on a great "Green Day" link-up )

Quit walking past the tomatillos in the produce section of your market. (You know who you are!)
Pick up a pound and try this salsa – it’s AWESOME!  Think tart not spicy.

Here’s what you need:
1 pound tomatillos
1 fresh jalapeno pepper
1 small white onion
5-6 cloves garlic
1 t salt
1 lime
1 bunch cilantro

Here’s what you do:
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Husk and rinse the tomatillos. Quarter the onion. Peel the garlic. Remove the stem from the jalapeno and remove the seeds and veins if you want – I leave them in. Drop the veggies and salt into the boiling water. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes, until the tomatillos are soft, but have not burst.

Remove the tender veggies from the cooking liquid with a slotted spoon. Add the zest of a lime, the juice of a lime and a huge handful of chopped cilantro.  Sometimes I add just a bit of the cooking liquid if the finished product is too thick.

Whirl until well blended – Be careful with this step – Hot liquids in the processor can be dangerous!



  1. This post just makes me want to cry. I had a HUGE tomatillo plant in the garden with over a hundred blossoms, then something happened to it and within days it had wilted and died. I was so looking forward to salsa this fall. Yours looks delicious. (sob)

  2. I do need to quit walking past the tomatillos. I always feel like I don't know what to do with them but this recipe definitely changes that! Looks delicious :)

  3. I made tomatillo salsa for the first time this year. I love it!

  4. I don't think I've ever had tomatillos, but this makes me want to keep my eyes open for them.

  5. Thanks for joining Green Day Tracey.

    I have never seen or heard of tomatillos.

    Are they like sour tomatoes or what do they taste like?

    If we ever get them in the supermarket I will try your recipe!


  6. This salsa looks yummy! I'm not sure if there are tomatillos in Greece, though! And if what I have in mind qualifies as a tomatillo, it's usually pickled! I'll look into it more! Thanks for this idea!

  7. I'm visiting from Raindrop & Daisies Green Day.

    I like your take on 'green' and this recipe looks delicious.

  8. Oh what are tomatillos? - I take it they are something like a tomato.
    Sounds lovely, do you think I could just use tomatoes instead?

  9. Hello everyone from "Green Day Link-Up"!! thanks for stopping by.

    No, tomatillos are NOT at all like tomatoes! I'm not really sure how to describe them - kinda tart and very firm and they come in that funny, sticky papery coating....whatever they are, I love 'em. Used lots in Mexican cooking.

  10. This looks so good I think I could eat the whole bowlful. Yum!

  11. Nigdy tego nie jadłam, ale spróbowałabym z przyjemnością. Pozdrawiam.
    I never ate, but I'd be happy to try. Yours.


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