I LOVE all things spicy, when we were in Cancun we went to two of our favorite restaurants because of their spicy sauces. When I was there I made a vow to try and figure out how to make their HOT salsa. I went to library searched cookbooks and found this cookbook, Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless, it is wonderful there are so many great recipes. I think I might now have to buy it.
I have never used Tomatillo’s before, so my daughter and I went out to an International Market where there are so many ethnic foods that we just don’t have in our Big Food Chains. I thought I was in heaven for a minute, there were so many different types of peppers, you should of seen the hot sauce isle..of course I had to buy a few new ones for my pantry shelf (yes I have a whole shelf dedicated to spicy sauces).
I decided to make the Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
I got to use all kinds of different peppers, but also added a few extra SPICY ones. I just love to eat them by themselves..I put them under the broiler with some sea salt for just a couple of minutes…it truly is just a bit of heaven on earth, when the heat hits the tongue..BAM! of awesomness!
Here is the recipe..
4 medium tomatillos, husked, rinsed and quartered
1 large garlic clove, peeled and quartered
Hot green chiles to taste (I like 2 serranos and 1 jalapeno..I also used two Habanero these were extra because I like HOT, you don’t have to add these last peppers), steamed and roughly chopped.
1/2 to2/3 cups of loosely packed roughly chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Combine the tomatillos, garlic, chiles and cilantro in a blender or food processor (I used food processor. Add 1/4 cup water and generous 1/2 tsp salt. Process to coarse puree; if using a blender, begin blending on low, at first pulsing to get the mixture moving evenly through the blender blades. Pour sauce into dish and thin with a little water if you like it thinner..season with more salt if you feel it needs a little more.
WARNING!!!!! Wash your hands after you cut peppers, the oil will stick to your fingers for a LONG time and let me tell you when I say it burns your eyes if you rub them..
This turned out so good…everyone loved it. I too made some yummy enchiladas, but I will save that for another day.
Have an amazing day..