Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Recipe with Cilantro and Jalapeno

  • 8ounces (3 to 4 medium) tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • Fresh hot green chiles to taste (1 or 2 serranos or 1 jalapeno), stemmed
  • 2large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 6 sprigs of fresh cilantro (thick bottom stems cut off), roughly chopped
  • 1small white onion, finely chopped
  • Salt

Roast the tomatillos, chile(s) and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler, until blotchy black and softening (they’ll be turning from lime green to olive), about 5 minutes. Flip them over and roast the other side. Cool, then transfer everything to a blender, including all the delicious juice the tomatillos have exuded during roasting. Add the cilantro and 1/4 cup water, then blend to a coarse puree. Scoop into a serving dish. Rinse the onion under cold water, then shake to remove excess moisture. Stir into the salsa and season with salt, usually 1/2 teaspoon.

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