Tomatillo is pronounced “toe-ma-TEE-yo”. The tomatillo is a green tomato variety which grows in a husk and originated in Mexico. It is often used to make green salsa, “salsa verde”. The community garden at the Extension office in Morgan has several tomatillo plants! In just a few weeks, there will be tomatillos ready for harvest! Follow the recipe below for a delicious salsa!
Salsa Verde Recipe:
1 ½ pounds fresh tomatillos – husked, washed and halved
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves –rinsed well
½ medium Vidalia onion
1 – 2 peppers (according to desired taste): use either jalapeño or serrano peppers, or one of each. If you are sensitive to spicy food, remove the seeds from the peppers, but do not touch your eyes after touching the peppers!
1 lime, juiced
½ teaspoon salt
To get started, you must remove the husk and wash the tomatillo well before preparing your salsa!
1. Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Place the tomatillos cut side down in a backing dish. Also, include the peppers and the onion in the baking dish with the tomatillos.
2. Broil these ingredients in preheated oven until slightly charred, about 5 minutes. Broiling the tomatillos gives the salsa a slight smoky taste.
3. Cool the broiled ingredients and transfer to a food processor. Add the cilantro, lime juice and salt; pulse until well mixed.
Enjoy the Salsa Verde with taco chips or on top of enchiladas and tacos!