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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

August 1, 2011

This past Saturday I went to the farmers market [when I was totally not suppose to].

You see I had so much produce in my fridge, the last thing I needed to do was go out and buy more.

Well, I seem to have the willpower of a six year old, because Saturday morning came and to the market I went.

Originally I was going to stick to the plan, have breakfast, get some coffee and just “window shop”.

Easy right?

So I went into Atherton Mill Market, b-lined it straight to the coffee lady and on my way out got suckered into something I normally don’t buy.

Fresh tomatillos!

I just couldn’t resist them, plus they were $2.

I justified buying them by their bargain of a price. 🙂

I had a ton of possible brilliant ideas for what to do with these guys.

Ultimately I decided to stay true and go with something I knew would be good.

Tomatillo salsa!!

Aka. Salsa verde.

Tomatillo salsa is my hands down favorite.

So why not make it myself?

I started by peeling the outer skin off the tomatillos, like so.

So that way all you have left is the actual tomatillo.

Then I gave the tomatillos a good rinse under cold water until they didn’t feel “sticky” anymore.

I put the cleaned tomatillos in a bowl and tossed them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

I spread them out a sheet pan along with some onion and garlic.

I set the oven on a “high” broil and cooked them until they started to brown and the tomatillos were bursting.


I also set a jalapeno under the broiler as well.

While the vegetables were cooling, I chopped up some fresh cilantro.

Some people say it tastes like soap, but I like it and think it’s essential to Mexican cooking.

So I guess I like the taste of soap, according to some people.

To each their own.

I put the broiled jalapenos, garlic, onion, tomatillos, lime zest and juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into the blender.

I gave it a quick whirl at first and then just pulsed it until it was the consistency I wanted.

Quality control approved.

I garnished it with some more cilantro and some diced, broiled jalapenos.

It’s best, in my opinion, eaten with chips.

Not to say that’s all that the salsa is good for.

The possibilities are endless!

Enchiladas verde, burritos, huevos rancheros, etc, etc.

You catch my drift?

So while I love the convenience of being able to buy canned salsa at the store, nothing really, truly compares to making it yourself.

Try it sometime!


Before I go, I wanted to share a thought with you all.

I’m always thinking of how to keep you readers and myself entertained.  In the hopes of not becoming too routine here at the blog, I came up with an idea and wanted some feedback from you all.  We all love those challenging culinary shows on tv like Chopped, Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc.  So in the spirit of that, I was thinking that maybe once a week or so, you guys or I could pick a random ingredient.  It could be something you aren’t familiar with or have a “phobia” of cooking with, or just plain old bored with.  Anyways whatever the ingredient, as long as I could find it, I would try to make something simple and delicious with it.

This doesn’t have to be limited to me either.  I could post what the ingredient of the week will be and you guys can challenge yourselves too.  If you do, I’d love to hear about what you did and in turn can share it on the blog.

So what do you guys think?  Leave me some feedback and we’ll go from there.

Vanessa 🙂

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2011 12:10 am

    Yes! Sounds very cool–I definitely want to participate if possible. It sounds like fun and an easier way to try out new things, especially if there is some time to prepare. Fun idea 🙂

    • August 4, 2011 9:58 am

      Yay! I haven’t really figured out the logistics of it all yet. I’m thinking. I’ll announce the ingredient and then take a week to make something and post it.. Something like that anyways. 🙂


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