We received some beautiful, fresh tomatillos in our foodshare this last week, and decided to whip up a quick salsa out of them.
Tomatillos are a mainstay in Mexican and Latin American cooking. Chances are, if you’ve ever had a green salsa or sauce at a Mexican restaurant, then you’ve had tomatillos. They are part of the nightshade family (same family as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and gooseberries), and are usually bright green in colour, although there are tomatillos that are a green-purple. They have a firm texture, tart flavour, and grow with a paper-like covering over the fruit. Needless to say, we were really excited to get them and to make our own version of the tart salsa. The great part is that this salsa is really simple, quick, and easy – perfect to whip up for an appetizer or snack.
Ingredients: (makes about 2 cups of salsa)
- 5 tomatillos, chopped
- 1 chili pepper, finely chopped
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of either parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon of pepper, or to taste