Serious Eats: Recipes
Dinner Tonight: Chipotle and Tomatillo Salsa
It was a proud day when I found out that salsa didn't have to involve fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, and lime. Though these preparations are unbelievably tasty, they take a long time. Between soaking the red chilies, deseeding them, and blending all the ingredients up, you can spend an hour or more on preparation. Plus you have to let the thing cool down. I needed something that was better suited to a weeknight, and it came to me while I was at Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill in Chicago.
It was the best salsa I'd ever had so I immediately went home and pulled out my copy of Authentic Mexican, in search of the recipe. Though it's not exactly what I had at the restaurant, it's close. Instead of limes, the tomatillos provide the acidic kick. Slightly blackened on the skillet, they get a roasted, smoky quality. But the real underrated player here is the garlic, which is roasted on a skillet until soft and deliciously sweet. At the restaurant, I thought the salsa had some kind of sugar to achieve that balance, but it was all the garlic.
Plus this recipe is so easy: there are only four ingredients and you don't even need to break out a knife. It's all pureed in a blender.
About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is a freelance writer in Chicago. He is the co-founder of The Paupered Chef and spends most of his time playing with the new cooking gadgets he got from his wedding.