Wednesday, January 23, 2008

salsa verde (green picante sauce)

This is a recipe that we posted a year or so ago and was recently requested. Here you go:

salsa verde de bodega train

1 lb fresh tomatillos (the little green tomatoes)
¼ small white onion
2 med cloves fresh garlic
juice from ½ lime
2 or 3 serrano peppers (depending on how spicy you want it)
a fistful (enough to fill your palm) of fresh cilantro

Remove husks and rinse tomatillos thoroughly. Quarter them for easier blending. Yes, you will need a blender for this stuff. Puree until smooth, but still slightly chunky. Chop onion and add to puree. Squeeze in lime juice and add garlic. Put in 2 serrano peppers and puree again until mixture is smooth. Taste for hotness. Add another Serrano if deemed necessary. Last, add the cilantro and blend until the leaves look more like specks. This really makes the color of the salsa stand out. Hey, aesthetics are important, not to mention the added flavor the cilantro brings to the mix.
A pinch of salt can be added if so desired. Also, a ½ teaspoon olive oil with a ¼ teaspoon vinegar can add to the life of the salsa, but it never lasts long enough around here to worry about. Enjoy.


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