Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year, and Tomatillo Sauce

The new year is here, and I think you should put this on your list of resolutions: make more sauces. I say this because I already have the pictures taken of this particular sauce, but also because nothing makes a home cooked dinner seem fancy like a good one. And in this case, nothing makes tacos or scrambled eggs more delicious. As a bonus, this stuff is also actually good for you.

You've probably had some sort of tomatillo sauce in your local Texican food dive- it's the green stuff next to the red stuff. You've probably also seen tomatillos in the store and wondered what they are and what people do with them. They're the green, tomatoey looking things with the weird pale green paper looking cover. Go buy eight of them, along with a Spanish onion (or any sweet, yellowish onion), some garlic, a jalepeno or two, and an Anaheim pepper (they're the long green ones like you see in the following picture). You could also use a poblano, or any other pepper combination. Cause, you see, this ain't rocket science. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Farrenheit. Quarter the onion and remove the paper skin from one garlic clove and all the tomatillos (they'll be slightly sticky under their covers) and douse the whole lot with some light olive oil, or canola, or whatever. Also salt and pepper.Blast 'em in the oven for 20-30 minutes. They'll get this color or brown, which is the minimum. I could have easily gone another ten minutes.Peel the charred skin of the Anaheim, de-seed the peppers if you want a milder sauce, then put it all in a blender, along with any accumulated juices from your pan.

Blend. You may have to add a little water to thin it out, or if you feel extra fancy, some white wine vinegar. I added nothing.
Apply finished product to tacos, eggs, or whatever else sounds good. Bonus trivia I recently learned watching the Food Network: tomatillos are members of the gooseberry family. I have no idea what that really means, but I'm sure Wikepedia does if you feel so inclined.


Unknown said...

Sounds awesome. I really need to learn this one since I am allergic to raw tomatoes and so can't have most home made salsa's. I do love me a nice verde sauce though.

Anonymous said...

putting tomatillos on my list for Friday. my m-i-l's Mexican friend taught me to make salsa in March. We haven't bought one single jar since.

nicole (nicmowat) said...

i made homemade red and green enchildas for the first time....well first time making both sauces homemade! YUM! i roasted the tomatillos just as you did...oh so yummy! my husband said they were both better than papasittos! i'm with ya on the resolution! homemade sauces are so much better, and better for you!

nicole (nicmowat) said...

oh - and rachel ray said it was because they both have similar skin? that they are related to gooseberries