First off, many people may think that salsa verde is simply salsa made with green tomatoes. This is not the case- it requires a tomatillo, or husk tomato. In the southwest these are easy to come by and are actually sold in most grocery stores. My Fry's grocery store always has them.
- 1 pound of tomatillos
- 1 medium sized yellow onion
- 1 jalapeno
- 2 (or more) cloves of garlic- minced or put through a garlic press.
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 lime's worth of juice
Remove the papery skin from the tomatillos (and say it with me- toh-MAH-tee-yo)
Rinse the tomatillos, then quarter them (or cut into similarly sized chunks.) Place tomatillo chunks on a pan that has been lightly greased.
Slice the onion, or dice in large chunks. It doesn't matter because it is going in the food processor later. Sprinkle the onion on the baking tray with the tomatillo. I tried not roasting the onion, but felt it overpowered the tomatillo flavor. You may prefer it that way, in that case- ignore what I said. Do not sprinkle the onion on the pan. Instead put it into the food processor.
*This is one option- take the jalepeno and slice it in half. Remove the innards if you want the salsa verde to be milder or leave them in for spicier. Then coarsely chop the jalapeno. I put half of the jalapeno on the baking pan and reserved the other half to put in the salsa fresh. (For depth of flavor.)
*Another option would be to roast all of the jalapeno or even to let it all remain fresh. In that case, put in into the food processor.
Place the pan into the preheated oven and roast until fruit are brown and soft. (Or if you want a more roasted flavor- leave in until the tomatillos are charred in some spots.) Like this:
Dump all of the roasted items in the food processor. At this point I also put in the remaining fresh jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, cilantro and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Combine, until of good consistancy. It should look something like this:
It willl be hot, so put the salsa verde into a jar and place in the refrigerator. Or use it for enchiladas, or what ever else you would use salsa for.