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Know Your Ingredients: Tomatillos

If you're a lover of green salsa, then you should get to know tomatillos. A key ingredient in Latin-American cooking, the tomate verde as it's called in Spanish, or "green tomato," is related to tomatoes but has a drastically different flavor.

Tomatillos have a papery, outer husk, a firm, green exterior, and white flesh. They range in size from an inch to two inches in diameter. When overripe, they develop a yellow hue and should not be consumed. When eaten raw, tomatillos add a zippy, refreshing flavor. They can also benefit from blanching, fire-roasting, and other forms of cooking, which soften their consistency while enhancing their flavor.

Because of their tart quality, tomatillos make a great addition to salsa verde, tortilla soup, guacamole, pork posole, or mole sauce. Have you ever cooked with tomatillos? What are your favorite ways to prepare them?

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mcfolly mcfolly 8 years
I thought they were related to the gooseberry, not the tomato... oh and they are delicious! I love to make a roasted tomatillo/avocado salsa with them.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I've made recipes that are meant to have them but unfortunately I can't buy them where I live...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just made a black bean and tomatillo salsa taco recipe. Super tasty!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
These other ideas sound amazing btw, I'll definitely be trying them out!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
Chile verde baby!!! YUM!!! Makes me want to make a big pot of it right now!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
Yum...salsa verde or roja with tomatillos!!!
thegastronomer thegastronomer 8 years
My favorite preparation is a Mexican Chicken Pozole Verde: http://gastronomyblog.com/2009/03/08/mexican-chicken-pozole-verde/
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