When I was trying to decide on this month’s fruit or vegetable for the Eating the Alphabet Challenge I was reminded of those fun sounding little things called tomatillos. Are they a fruit or a vegetable? Well, like the well-known tomatoes often called a vegetable but really a fruit, they are the same: a fruit.
They are pretty much a year-round staple here in Texas and used in many regional dishes. And I found out that they were grown as far back as 800 B.C. in Aztec cultures! Wow! Low in calories and high in anti-oxidants, they are a great choice to add to your cooking.
My mother-in-law loves to go to a produce market near where she lives where she can talk shop with the owner and wheel and deal on produce for a great price. A couple of years ago, she and my daughter made this delicious salsa to use the tomatillos and bell peppers she had picked up at that market. We just could not get enough of it! With only a few ingredients, it’s a cinch to make. I hadn’t had it in awhile and when I made it for this month’s Challenge I wondered why I don’t keep this as a staple in my refrigerator all the time! Again, I just could not get enough. I served mine with sweet potato chips because a) I’m slightly addicted lately to these chips from Terra and 2) my family had eaten up the last of our regular tortilla chips before I reminded them I needed some for my photo. Oops! Never mind, I think the slightly sweet flavor of the sweet potato chips compliments the salty sour flavor of the salsa.
Below is the recipe my mother-in-law used although I found a few online that are pretty similar so feel free to tweak it to your own preferences—it’s pretty forgiving! Also, I decided to roast instead of steam hoping to add a little bit of that roasted flavor.
- Tomatillo Salsa
- 1 lb. tomatillos
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 jalapeno or Serrano pepper, diced
- ½-1 bunch cilantro
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°. Remove papery covering on tomatillos and wash. Cut tomatillos in half horizontally. Slice bell pepper and jalapeno in half lengthwise. Place all produce cut side down in large roasting dish. Roast in oven for about 15 minutes, flipping items over about halfway through.
- Cool then puree all ingredients in blender.
This salsa gets even better tasting after it’s chilled a bit in the refrigerator and the flavors blend together. I hope you’ll give it a try sometime soon!
So, what’s your family’s favorite fruit or vegetable that starts with the letter P, Q or R? Please share with us in the comments below!
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And be sure to check out my posts from previous months:
Letter A or B-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Letter C or D-Balsamic Parmesan Cauliflower
Letter E or F-Easy Eggplan Parmesan
Letter G or H–Ginger Garlic Broccoli
Letter I or J–Jicama, Avocado & Crab Salad
Letter K or L–Kiwi Salsa
Letter M, N or O–Mango Poblano Quesadillas
Letter P, Q, or R–Peach Pecan Muffins