Tomatillos are related to the cape gooseberry and also part of the nightshade family, which includes potatoes, tomatoes, chilis,etc. They have a slight citrus flavour and are quite tart, but this can be changed by roasting them, as in this recipe.
- 0.5 pounds of tomatillos
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 cloves of garlic
- bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro)
- a small onion
- Salt, pepper and sugar
First remove the husks from the tomatillos, give them a quick rinse and chop them in half. Roast under the grill (broiler) or barbeque until slightly brown, turn and cook the other side. When they are cool, add them to a food processor with the other ingredients and blend until you achieve the required consistency. You may have to add a little water to help the process. The amount of sugar required depends on the tomatilos, and your personal taste, but start with a teaspoon and add more if it is still too tart.
Tomatillo salsa not only makes a change from tomato salsa with tortilla chips, but it also works well as an accompaniment with fish or chicken.