October 21, 2011

Salsa Verde with Avocado

Happy Friday!

I'm feeling out of sorts today. My dog woke me in the wee hours of the morning with a terrifying high pitched squeal. As I lay there in bed, trying to fall back asleep, I was again startled by the sounds of glass bottles clanking together against the side of a plastic bin. I switched beds, hoping to escape the thin walls that separate my bedroom from the recycling room. I lay there, in the spare bed, slowly drifting back asleep, when out of nowhere I was woken the thunderous slam of the dumpster hitting the concrete floor.

I put my head under the pillow and pulled it around my ears as tight as I could. I finally fell asleep, likely due to oxygen deprivation. I later awoke with a very unsettling feeling. I scurried around the house, with my eyes half open, trying to organize my thoughts. I contemplated driving to the gym, instead of biking in the rain. After reflecting on the hassles of driving, biking seemed like a much more compelling option. I grabbed my bright blue helmet, jumped on my bike, and braved the rain. The ride was predictably miserable and became even worse when my bike tire suddenly jumped into the tram tracks, and became lodged there like nobody's business. Me and my bike went flying into traffic. Luckily I only suffered minor injuries and my bike is still in one piece. I have some scrapes and bruises and am having some slight difficulties walking. I am now totally afraid of tram tracks, rain, bikes, bikes in rain, and spiders - but on the bright side, we've got salsa!

Tomatillos have a remarkable resemblance to the ground cherry, otherwise known as the cape gooseberry. They are quite sticky when removed them from their outer husks, but an easy warm water wash should do the trick.

Tomatillos can be very inconsistent in flavor, some being bitter while others being mild and sweet. Just remember, the smaller the tomatillo the sweeter. Tomatillos are most often used in Mexican cooking, in salsa. For this salsa, I wanted a creamy texture compared to the traditional salsa verde, so I added an avocado. I also left out the peppers and cilantro, but feel free to add them.

I love the fresh citrus-like flavor the tomatillos bring to the salsa. The avocado makes it smooth and creamy. The garlic and onions give it some kick, and the lime juice pulls it all together. This salsa is so deliciously tasty it could brighten anyones day. Especially if your day involved falling off a bike.

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15 - 20 small tomatillos, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
small onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp lime juice
dash cumin
1 avocado, chopped


1. Wash and chop the tomatillos.

2. In a food processor add the garlic and onions. Pulse until finely chopped.

3. Add the olive oil, salt, lime juice, cumin, and tomatillos. Pulse until the mixture is the consistency of pesto.

4. Add the chopped avocado and pulse until combined. If mixture appears too thick, add some water to thin it out.

5. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

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