There is still time to find some tomatillos. Where you say? Check out the really useful and awesome website called www.RealTimeFarms.com to first find a farmers' market near you and then which one actually has tomatillos available (yes, if someone in your area is uploading the information, you can actually use this website in "real time").
Recipe: Garlic Tomatillo Salsa with Black Bean Dip
- 1 quart fresh tomatillos, husks removed, wash, some were purple but most were green
- 1 red sweet pepper, seeded and cut into fourths
- 1/2 small habenero (or other hot pepper) pepper - seeds removed unless you enjoy very spicy salsa!
- 5 large garlic cloves, separated from their bulbs but still in their peels
- 1 large peeled clove of fresh garlic (save to add to the blender raw at the end)
- 1 large leaf of kale (I used curly kale) - wash and then strip leaves off the thick stem
- ~ 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- 15 oz. can of vegetarian re-fried black beans - spread in serving dish (see photo below)
- 1-2 green onions (or in our case, green garlic!) - chopped to sprinkle on top of salsa
- Preheat the oven's broiler. Arrange the whole cloves of garlic (except for the one being held back to add raw at the end), red sweet pepper pieces, habenero pepper, and tomatillos on a baking sheet. Place under the broiler, and cook for a few minutes. Remove garlic cloves first, as soon as they are toasted, to avoid developing a bitter flavor, peel as soon as they are cool enough to do so.
- Continue to roast tomatillos and peppers until evenly charred, turning occasionally. Set aside to cool. Don't remove the charred parts of the tomatillos or the peppers. They add a really nice flavor.
- Place tomatillos, peppers and any juice from the roasted tomatillos now on the tray used for roasting in a blender or food processor with the roasted and fresh garlic plus kale. Add a little water to the mixture only if necessary to facilitate blending. (I have never needed to add any water) Season with lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until serving.
- Spread bean dip in shallow serving dish. Spread layer of salsa on top of bean dip. Sprinkle with chopped green onion, green garlic, or even chives.
- Serve with baked whole grain chips or crackers and also use as a dip with sturdy vegetables.
(Photo: Garlic-Tomatillo Salsa with Black Bean Dip - topped with chopped garlic and green tops from a head of garlic accidentally not harvested in July and found starting to grow again in our garlic fields last week. Instead of "green garlic" in May, we got a gift of a few extra-large heads of "green garlic" in October!)
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Diana Dyer, MS, RD