Let’s talk about vacations in Mexico for a minute…is there anything better? Basically, your days consist of getting your body out of bed and moved to the closest body of water, be that pool or ocean, as quickly as possible. From there, the entire day is a rotation poolside cocktails and bites, an occasional dip in the water, flipping through magazines, perhaps a little cat nap, another dip in the water, and maybe even a walk on the beach. You talk about maybe going into town to check out the shops, but then you just decide to linger by the water a little longer. By then, the day’s done, and it’s time for more relaxing over a delicious dinner at the best cantina in town.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Jeez, it’s been too long since I’ve had a vaca…I’m getting lost in my own imagination! Sadly, there are no Mexican vacations on the near horizon for me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep the daydream going at home with some cuisine inspired by those cherished memories…like this tomatillo salsa…here’s how it’s done…
You will need:
- 1 pound tomatillos
- 1 poblano or pasilla pepper
- 2 jalapenos
- 1 small red onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1/2 cup canola oil
- salt & pepper
- Start by removing the husks from the tomatillos, and wash with soap under running water to remove the sticky remnants.
- Peel the red onions, and slice into quarter inch disks.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
- Toss the tomatillos, red onions, jalapenos, and pasilla (or pablono) pepper with tablespoon of canola oil, salt & pepper.
- Add the veggies to the grill pan. Cook until charred on all sides, and remove from the pan.
- Place the pasilla and jalapeno peppers in a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 10 minutes, then remove the skin, stem, and seeds.
- Add all the veggies, cilantro, garlic and lime juice to a blender or food processor, and pulse several times. Then, with the motor going, slowly pour in the canola oil.
- Puree until fully incorporated, but still has texture.
- Check the seasoning, and add more salt & pepper, if needed.
This salsa is the most amazing condiment for one of my all-time favorite Mexican cuisines, carnitas! And the recipe for that, my friends, is coming your way tomorrow!