Salsa Verde

Tomatillos, a staple in Mexican cooking, add a complex, tangy flavor to this salsa.

  • Yield: Makes 4 cups
Salsa Verde

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2008

Ingredients

  • 14 tomatillos (about 14 ounces), husked and rinsed
  • 1/2 large white onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 chiles de arbol or other dried red chiles, plus more if desired
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Place tomatillos in a large saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer until tomatillos have softened but not burst, about 5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking liquid. Strain tomatillos through a fine sieve.

  2. Puree tomatillos, onion, garlic, chiles, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid in a blender or food processor until smooth. For a thinner consistency, add remaining cooking liquid. Season with salt to taste.

Cook's Note

Tomatillos are related to tomatoes, but are juicier and more acidic. Look for bright-green fruit tightly encased in papery tan husks at Latin grocers and major supermarkets. Peel off the husks and rinse the fruit well just before using. Fresh tomatillos can be refrigerated in the produce drawer for up to 2 weeks.

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