Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa
The best American name for this vegetable would probably be “Mexican green tomato”, but they actually taste nothing like regular tomatoes, In fact, the tomatillo is not a tomato at all. The tomatillo has a tart, lemony flavor that is enhance when cooked (especially roasted) and is an excellent base for salsas. While salsa (salsa verde) is the most popular way to enjoy tomatillo, they can be used in other ways. Tomatillos contain high amounts of vitamin A&C. Tomatillos are our #2 sales item!
2 large, 3 medium, or 6 small tomatillos, husked
4 cloves garlic, skin on
1 jalapeno pepper (more or less, depending on preference and heat level)
1 shallot, peeled
1/2 Reed avocado or 1 Hass avocado, pitted and scooped
Juice of 2 limes
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Put a small skillet over medium high heat. Without using any oil, add the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeno and shallot and dry roast, turning occasionally, until there are many black spots on the vegetables, about 5 minutes.
Put the tomatillos and shallot in your blender jar. Peel the garlic and add it to the blender. Halve, seed, and stem the jalapeno and add it to the blender.
Add the avocado, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, and salt. Process on high speed until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning – it may need more lime juice or salt. If it needs more heat, judiciously add cayenne or any chili powder you prefer.