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Salsa Verde

August 3rd, 2009

dsc00355First I saw it here.  Then I saw it here.  Whenever we go out for Mexican, I gravitate toward the items with salsa verde yet for some reason I never tried to make it at home.  I finally decided to give it a try because they made it look easy.

First I will say if I do this again, I will look for tomatillos on sale.  I paid more to make my own than I would have for the gourmet jarred variety.  (Tomatillos were $5 a lb.)  Second, I will add more heat.  Otherwise, it was quite yummy!

Salsa Verde

1.5 lbs tomatillos

1 sweet yellow onion

5 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Juice of 2 limes

2 jalapeno peppers (seeded if you want it cooled down – next time I won’t seed them)

1 serrano pepper (seeded if you want it cooled down)

1 Tbl red wine vinegar

1 Tbl sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Remove the papery husks from the tomatillos and wash off.  Slice each in half and put them cut side down on backing sheet.  Pop them under the broiler until the tops are slightly browned/blackened (about 6 min).  Then put everything in the food processor and pulse until mostly smooth.

dsc00350Now what?  It was too late to make my chicken enchilada recipe, which is my favorite application for salsa verde at home.  I decided to make it faster by making it a casserole instead of rolling all of the enchiladas.  In my house, laziness is often the mother of invention.  So, I made up the filling for the enchiladas and then layered them in a round casserole dish with tortillas.  It wasn’t pretty but it was quite yummy.  For those who like details – spray the casserole dish with cooking spray.  Put 1 flour tortilla on bottom, put a layer of enchilada filling, another tortilla – you can put in 2 if you really like the tortillas, then more filling, then top with a tortilla.  Put the cheese on top, bake according to the enchilada directions and top with some more salsa and uncover for the last 1o minutes.

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5 Responses to “Salsa Verde”

  1. Rhonda Says:

    What a great cook and so inventive. Love it :-)

  2. Melany Says:

    Wow – that looks and sounds really good. You are quite the chef. I was thinking of having you guys over for dinner soon (seriously, sending an email when I can focus on possible dates) but I’m a little intimidated.

  3. rachel-asouthernfairytale Says:

    Holy hell, M. You paid $5/lb. WOW.
    Isn’t is crazy easy! I still think that my recipe is the best that I’ve eaten and I think I should make it weekly, just to have on hand to nosh ;-)

    Your enchiladas look NOMMY!

  4. Shannan @ Mommy Bits Says:

    Yummy! I made a verde sauce a while back, and because to Tomatillas were so expensive I used green chili salsa as my base. It turned out great, and was easier on the wallet.

  5. Burgh Baby Says:

    I am suspicious of anyone who can make their own salsa. I better keep my eye on you.

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