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!
3 dried large guajillo or New Mexico chiles (3/4 ounce total), wiped clean
3/4 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1/3 cup chopped white onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle in adobo, or to taste
1 large garlic clove, chopped
Makes about 2 cups
Slit chiles lengthwise, then discard stems, seeds, and veins.
Heat a large heavy skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat until hot, then toast chiles in batches, opened flat, turning and pressing with tongs, until more pliable and slightly changed in color, about 30 seconds per batch. Tear into pieces and put in a blender.
Half-fill a 2 1/2- to 3-quart saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add tomatillos and simmer until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to blender and add onion, chipotle in adobo, garlic, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Blend until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature.
From Gourmet Live