Roasted Salsas

While I love a simple Pico de Gallo , I have recently discover what roasted salsas can do to simple tacos or other Mexican dishes.  They add a great layer of flavor you just don’t get otherwise, and are my new favorite things to serve with Mexican food.  Wether we’re having tacos, enchiladas, or even just for dips, I love em.  And they’re simple enough I can make both in no time.

 

ROASTED SALSA VERDE
5 to 6 tomatillos, about 1/2 lb
1/2 to 1 jalapeno (depending on how much heat you want)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup cilantro
1 T lime juice
salt, to taste


Adjust oven rack to about 6 inches from heating element and heat broiler.
Peel husks off tomatillos and rinse off.  (It’s normal for them to have a little sticky residue.)
Cut in half, then put cut side down on a large baking sheet.  Remove seeds from jalapeno and place on baking sheet along with garlic.
Broil for 5-7 minutes or until well charred.  Let cool for a few minutes.

Put everything into the bowl of a food processor (you could also use a blender if you don’t have a food processor), and pulse a few times until chopped up.  Add lime juice, cilantro, and salt.  Pulse again until well mixed.  Taste and adjust salt if needed.

ROASTED RED SALSA

3 tomatoes, about 1 1/2 lbs
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/2 to 1 jalapeno, seeded and cut in quarters
drizzle olive oil
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
2-4 T lime juice
salt to taste

Quarter tomatoes, and place on a large baking sheet, along with onion, garlic, and jalapeno.  Drizzle with oil and toss to coat.
Broil for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Set aside to cool briefly.

Put everything in the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and pulse to chop.  Add cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pulse again until well combined.

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