Recipe: Salsa Verde

I tweeted this picture to my farmer followers, most of them had never seen this before…

When I was in my late teens/early twenties I went to Mexico a lot. In typical Megan fashion I became somewhat obsessed with all things Mexican. At one point I convinced myself I was going to move down there and immerse myself in the culture until I became fluent in both Spanish and Mexican cooking. I never ended up moving there, but I did take a lot of cooking classes and learned a lot about the food.

One of my favorite things about Mexico is all the salsa. Most restaurants and taco stands have at least 3 different salsas at your table and they are breathtakingly good. It was very disappointing to come home and have salsa out of a jar. Even worse, is the almost complete lack a salsa verde.

Salsa verda is green salsa made from tomatillos. Tomatillos are those green tomoto-ey looking things in that part of the produce section you never go to.

Tomatillos, still in their husks.

de-husked…

Since so many of my followers had never seen or heard of a tomatillo before I thought this would be a perfect blog post! And since my goal for my garden this year was to grow my own salsa (if the deer would have left my garden alone, I would have accomplished this goal), I get to show off some of my produce!

Husked and washed, fresh from my garden.

My recipe for salsa verde (this is to taste, please adjust according to your preference):

1 1/2 lbs of tomatillos (husked and washed)

1/2 white onion, chopped

1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves (about 1/2 -3/4 cup)

3 jalapenos (de-seed those suckers unless you like the HEAT)

Juice from 3 limes (I love limes – you could probably use less)

1 Tablespoon sugar

Pinch of salt

Slice and broil your tomatillos. About 5 minutes or until they are soft and have pretty black marks.

They should look like this. I use foil because I am lazy and I don’t like to clean up after myself.

I use a glove when handling peppers. Because I always forget I handled peppers and rub my eyes. Then I get sad/mad at myself when I’m in pain for the rest of the day.

Put everything in your cuisinart and blend till it’s smooth.

Get some chips and an ice cold corona and sit in a corner where you don’t have to share.

The good news is the deer don’t eat tomatillo plants. This made me very happy.  However when you plant tomatillos make sure you plant several plants because they are self-incompatible, that means they need two or more plants for proper pollination. I really enjoyed growing tomatillos this year and plan keeping the deer away from my limes and cilantro so my salsa next year will be completely ranch made (I think the salsa will compliment venison very nicely, don’ you?).

6 Comments

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6 responses to “Recipe: Salsa Verde

  1. Look so good! I love salsa verde!

  2. Salsa verde con Tacos de Carnitas was my favorite thing about Mexico.

  3. Linda Watkins-Bennett

    Do the tomatillos themselves have heat?

  4. YUM! Will be doing this soon…

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