So a couple of weeks ago I celebrated a birthday. I won’t say how old I turned but I will say that I entered into a new decade. As I do on most birthdays and during the week’s leading up to my birthday, I like to reflect on my life, make resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year. This year one resolution I set was to be more adventurous and to try new things. I want to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new adventures. One area of my life that I am hoping to be more adventurous in, is in my culinary life. When I cook, I usually cook the same things and most of the time in the same ways. This year I am hoping to add new recipes to my culinary rotation and to experiment with new ingredients, so I have resolved to buy a new or different fruit or vegetable each time that I go to the store. So, last week when I was at the store, I decided to pick up some tomatillos. I’ve always seen them in the store but I had never tried them or considered buying them. Since this was a new ingredient to me, I decided to keep it super simple and make salsa verde. Now, I know this recipe is not super exciting or in the least bit original but it is a great “intro” or “beginner” dish. Not only is it simple but because the recipe doesn’t call for much manipulation of the tomatillos you are able to get a good sense of what they actually taste like.
If tomatillos are a new ingredient to you or if you just want to make a super easy dish, then check out the recipe below. Also, I want to urge all of you to add something new to your life and to push yourself and to try something new. Maybe, like me, you can buy a new fruit or vegetable each time you go to the store or maybe just consider cooking a familiar recipe in a different way.
See you all in my next post!
6 clove of garlic
1/8 cup of water (up to)
Remove husks from the tomatillos and wash.
Quarter the shallot
Coat all ingredients (tomatillos, shallot, garlic cloves, jalapeno) with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Roast ingredients for 15-25 minutes at 450 degrees or until ingredients become soft. Tomatillos should look slightly charred and start to become soft. Do not let the tomatillos burst. You want them to be juicy with you blend them with the other ingredients.
Once ingredients are soft, transfer them to a food processor and process until blended and somewhat smooth. Add water if the salsa is too thick.
Add more salt and pepper to taste.
If you want a less spicy salsa, remove the seeds from the jalapeno before you roast the pepper.
If you want a more spicy salsa, consider adding more jalapenos or add a little crushed red pepper flakes to the finished product.