Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Todd's Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble..... 

Now please grab your favorite spoon everybody.   It's time to celebrate!

Tomatillo Salsa

I'm sure the rest of you are cooking cranberries plus baking rolls and pies today as we always do.

I on the other hand have been thinking about one of my all time favorite Thanksgiving Days.  It was 50 years ago to be exact, when my baby brother, Todd was born.  I was elated and enough older to help care for him.  He's always had a big place in my heart.

He was a true gift to our family.  Now he's got 4 kids of his own and an adorable little granddaughter and recently he's become a gourmet cook.    He makes the best fresh tomatillo salsa you will ever taste.  It's tasty on chips, eggs, burritos, tacos, or just by the spoonful...ask my sister, Kim!

ingredients tomatillo salsa

 Fire up your broiler.  Remove the paper husks from the tomatillos.

Roasting tomatillo

 Cut the tomatillos in half along with the chilies, garlic and onion and put them under the broiler.

tomatillo salsa

After 5-7 minutes, be sure to watch them, flip them over and broil for another 5-7 minutes.  Puree in the blender or food processor with cilantro, salt, and sugar.

tomatillo salsa

Chill salsa well Overnight is best for flavors to blend and enjoy.  


Todd's Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos
  • 1 or two fresh Serrano chiles
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 large onion, coarsely chopped 
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar (I used a little liquid stevia)
Preheat broiler.  Remove hulls from tomatillos and rinse under warm water to remove stickiness.  Broil chiles, garlic, and tomatillos on rack of a broiler pan 1 to 2 inches from heat, turning once, until tomatillos are softened and slightly charred, usually about 5 to 7 minutes per side.  Peel garlic and pull off tops of chiles. Purée all ingredients in a blender.  Add sugar and salt.  Chill well to let flavors blend, overnight is best.

Note, I roasted my onion too, Toddy does not, no worries!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving I am grateful for too many things to express.  Faith, family, friends, freedom to worship, and those individuals that lead and defend us, top my list.   I extend heart felt thanks to so many of you who visit and cheer me on!  I enjoy doing the same.

Have a wonderful weekend...and to my favorite turkey who turned 50 today, I still see you running around our pool with our poor mother chasing you with her flyswatter!  Love you Toddie...    

Counting my blessings....one by one.


Happy Thanksgiving all!   

12-12-12 Update:
I have been making and loving this salsa.  Last night I added it to Ranch dressing and it was sensational, just like Cafe Rio's!

16 comments :

  1. Looks yummy! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  2. Renee, this sounds wonderful. I love the fresh taste of tomatillos. Happy thanksgiving and enjoy your turkey. Joni

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  3. Yummy, that sounds delicious! I planted tomatillos in my garden the first years I was here but haven't since. I may have to plant them again next year. This sounds so good!!!

    I hope you're having a great Thanksgiving. I'm headed to my sister's house here in a bit. We're having a quiet Thanksgiving this year. My niece had her baby a month early last week. He was able to come home yesterday but the doc said to keep him quiet and to not take him on any outings so just a few of us are going over their (the ones that didn't have other plans). We can't hold him or anything but at least we get a little peak!!! Such a blessing to have a new little baby!!!

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    1. You do have much to be thankful for. I hope your day with your new little guy was extra memorable. Thanks Christine

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving. looks like a yummy salsa recipe. Tomatillos are lovely additions to a garden and recipes.

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    1. Thanks Linda, hope your holiday has been wonderful too!

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  5. Love tomatillo salsa. Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday!!!

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    1. Oh Julie, we need to host a "pumpkinfest" next year. Our day was terrific and I'm sipping herbal tea today before I weigh tomorrow morning! Always love hearing from you.

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  6. I love tomatillo salsa and Todd's version looks and sounds wonderful! Happy Birthday to him!

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    1. Thanks Chris...Todd partied for a couple of weeks! It was a good, long, birthday.

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  7. What a wonderful story about your little brother. His tomatillo salsa sounds delicious! I'm saving this to try on my son-in-law who loves southwest flavors.

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    1. One of my sons who can't get enough hot salsa tried this and was not a fan. He thinks it's too sweet. You may want to spice it up a bit with another chile. I like a milder salsa and love the refreshing flavor the tomatillos give.

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  8. OK, I'll confess.
    I have never eaten a tomatillo in my life. (That I know about anyway.) This looks delicious. I'm trying to imagine up a taste.

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    1. Well it is time! I'm sure you have had tomatillos without knowing it if you like Mexican food. I always order the "verde sauce," with a chicken burrito.

      Interestingly, I have dried tomatillos and then pulverized them. They are a delicious natural sweetener with a fresh lemony taste.

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  9. Hello Dear Renee, I get to visit with you more on Pinterest than here on your blog :) You are my very favorite pinner and I head to your pins when I am looking for something specific.

    Love the color of this salsa and I bet it tastes delicious too!

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I read each and every one and they make me sing! renée

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