Salsa Verde, or salsa that is green is the meaning. Green, often is associated with new life and freshness. Here fresh tomatillas are used to make a salsa. Tomatillas are a vegetable fruit like a regular tomato. The most familiar use that these are used for is this salsa and sauces. Salsa Verde is a versatile sauce that can be flavored like citrus as with lime, lemon, or orange. This salsa can also be mild or spicy in flavor depending on the depth of the food that you are trying to compliment and your personal likes.
Salsa Verde Ingredients
Salsa Verde Ingredients are as versatile as the recipe. At the core is the tomatillo, while this is complimented by a number of ingredients. Some of those ingredients can be categorized. Citrus which can vary between lime, lemon, orange juices. Spices which may include cilantro and oregano. The onion is such a regularly used lily. A few notable other ingredients may be hot peppers such as Anaheim, scotch bonnet, ghost, jalapeno or a number of other chiles.
Lets talk about the ingredients individually. First let us talk about the core of this, the tomatillo. The tomatillo looks like a green tomato with a paper wrapped around it. They look in nature just like a green tomato if the paper like skin was removed from them. The flesh looks similar to a tomato, however the flavor, to me, is more like a mild flavored apple, not sweet or sour. The seeds are very fine, and the flesh loaded with water looks meaty.
How to make homemade Salsa Verde
Homemade salsa Verde begins with ingredients. You will be faced with choices of price and availability. Purchasing fresh vs canned is another one of the choices you will be faced with. The availability of products vary s for both fresh and canned or frozen items. Fresh items will vary from readily available in city areas to possibly not in rural areas.
If you are not near a city you may be able to request your produce department to purchase them. They may also be available in areas that the population eats the items regularly. There is the option of purchasing items on line through specialty vendors. Once you have learned where to purchase your items you will want to know what to look for.
If you are shopping for tomatillos you will look for firm unblemished tomato like looking fruit vegetables. Tomatillos are gift wrapped like a package. A package that has a lime green paper that surrounds the tomatillo. The paper may be loose or tightly wrapped around the tomatillo. The flesh has a slightly sticky skin that the paper may stick to. The flavor is mild and fresh more like an apple than a tomato.
Jalapenos and cilantro should also be bright in color, both green. They should be free of blemishes as well, if not remove them when preparing them. The jalapeno has a sharp hot,spicy flavor. It can be smoked to make chipotle, which is smoked jalapeno. Cilantro is unique and is often paired with lime which is a nice combination. Now you can begin making your authentic salsa Verde recipe.
Authentic Salsa Verde Recipe
Authentic- an undisputed, genuine, original version of something. An authentic salsa Verde recipe would be one that stands to the original creators key goals and intentions. The Model T is known for being the first affordable automobile of its time. Since there have been a number of affordable vehicles. There have been other vehicles that have wanted the same notoriety as that of the Model T. However there is only 1 Model T. An authentic Model T would be one that was created or restored to the original specifications of the Model T as they would have come off the assembly line.
An authentic salsa Verde recipe would seek the original, ideas and intentions that the originator would have had. While recipes aren't created in a manufacturing plant, staying close to the original concepts is often in a chefs mind. As far as an authentic salsa Verde recipe you would look to the original ideas.
Lets start with the term Salsa. Salsa, the dance is a lively one. Quick sharp steps set to a fast beat. Salsa, in food, is a sauce that is used to dip into or to compliment as we use a condiment, such as ketchup. The flavors are fresh, sharp and varying in degrees of heat. The uses as a condiment vary, just as the cuisine of the culture vary.
Salsa can use all raw ingredients or some cooked ones. When cooked the idea is that the cooking process compliments the flavor profiles more. In our salsa Verde recipe we have roasted all the vegetables which will mellow the sharpness of the ingredients. There are many times where you might have a combination of cooked vegetables and raw vegetables.
In this Salsa Verde recipe, you certainly could reserve some of the the vegetables raw, and finely chop them and add them to the other blended ingredients. This gives you a fresher, crisp version of the already flavorful salsa. By chopping some of the vegetables it will also give you more texture to the final outcome.
The other word here is Verde, which means green. So tomatillos will give us this aspect, filled with its unique fruity flavors. The tomatillo salsa adds a great compliment to burritos and chimichangas. It also adds a great light, flavorful condiment to dip chips and for that matter vegetables. Salsa Verde can have oil added which will aid in preserving the life span for a number of days. The oil isn't necessary, and without the additional oil added makes a great flavorful option for reduced fat foods
Salsa Verde Recipe
You have checked out the ingredients and now you know where to purchase them and what to look for in buying the products. You have looked to see the ideas behind an authentic recipe. Now you can commence in your Salsa Verde Recipe production.
Remember salsa has crisp flavors, the ingredients here all compliment each other. The cilantro, lime and jalapeno all give sharp distinct flavor to the fruity apple like flavor of the tomatillo. Remember that part of preparing any recipe is to be ready and prepared.
One way that you will be ready and prepared is to make sure you have all the ingredients needed for the recipe. Before you begin your cooking you will prepare all of the items needed. By doing these preparations you will be able to have a continuous cooking process that will not be hindered by stopping to get an item ready.
When cooking set your timer goals. While they may not be set or established you can set them up. When you set them up it will give you stopping points to evaluate your progress. 3 progress points
- Not done
- Almost done
- Need to do this or that step to get it closer to the finishing steps
There are times when a timer isn't set that you forget about the process you are building and compromise the end product by over cooking products.
When you want to get a project done that may require more time than you have break it down into manageable chunks. Prepare the product one day, cook it the next day. When preparing for multiple step meals, prepare cold sauces and condiments in a timely fashion days before, prepare vegetables and set up meats for cooking the day before. Make your desserts ahead.
The day of your event it will be more manageable and relaxing. This will allow you to enjoy the journey more.
- 1 lb Tomatillos peeled, cored, cut in 1/4's
- 1 T Garlic whole cloves
- 1 tsp Jalapenos chopped
- 1 T Vegetable oil
- 1 dash Red Pepper Flake
- 4 T Cilantro chopped
- 1 oz Onion chopped
- 1/2 tsp Lime Juice
- Toss all ingredients in a bowl with oil, except cilantro and lime juice
- Roast at 375, on a cookie sheet or sheet pan, until lightly browned (30 min convectional, 60 minutes Conventional)
- Cool ingredients
- Add remaining ingredients and then, In a blender, pulse until paste/sauce like, or in a compacted bowl use wand blender or immersion blender to get paste/sauce like.