Are you enjoying the summer as much as I am? Despite the muggy weather we’ve had recently in the Midwest, one of my favorite things about summer is harvesting the goodies from our garden. This year we planted tomatillos for the first time and since we harvested them recently, Mike made his Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.
Gardens remind me that there’s a process behind most things. If you think about it, nothing is where it is today without a lot of patience, love and hard work. Sometimes when we think we want something and then realize how much work is actually involved with achieving it, it can be easy to give up or not finish what we started.
When I helped prepare our first garden with Mike, he did most of the work. I loved the idea of a garden, but didn’t love all the steps involved. But, I’ll never forget the first time I needed a pepper for a recipe and how cool it was to walk out into the backyard to get it. The work involved with not only starting, but maintaining a garden, all felt worth it in that moment.
This salsa recipe gave me another excuse to use our Vitamix which has been a lot of fun for me lately. I love making soups, salsas and sauces with it. Everything gets mixed to your desired texture in record time. I am absolutely loving it.
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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
1 lb. tomatillos, de-husked, washed and halved
1 onion, cut into chunks
5-6 garlic cloves, peeled
A handful of cilantro
1 teaspoon of sugar (plus more to taste, if desired)
A pinch of salt
1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lay out the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeno and onions on it.
3. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are soft and partially blackened.
4. Remove the baking sheet and let veggies cool down for 10 minutes.
5. Remove seeds from jalapeno.
6. Place everything into a Vitamix.
7. Add a handful of cilantro, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of sugar and a little bit of lime juice.
8. Blend until it’s all combined and taste.
Note: Taste and adjust spice, sweetness and salt as desired.
All Images © Regan Baroni 2016.