Quick-cooked tomatillo-chile sauce

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Fresh tomatillos (11 medium); husked and washed
3 \N Fresh serrano peppers; stemmed
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh cilantro
1 small Onion; chopped
1 \N Large clov garlic; peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
2 cups Low sodium chicken broth; defatted
\N \N Salt; to taste

See Substitutions. Have the measure of broth ready.

Cook fresh serrano or jalapeno peppers in boiling salted water until tender ~ about 5 minutes. (NOTE - If using fresh tomatillos, cook them with chiles.)

Place tomatillos and chiles in a blender or food processor, along with cilantro, onion, and garlic. Stir. Process until smooth, but retain a little texture.

See TIP! Heat oil in a medium-large non-stick skillet set over medium-high heat. When oil is hot -- enough to make a drop of the puree sizzle sharply -- pour the tomatillo mixture in the skillet all at once and stir constantly for 4 to 5 minutes, until mixture becomes darker and thicker.

Add broth, return to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thick enough to coat a spoon, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt, as needed. Makes 2 cups. Use as an ingredient, a sauce, a salsa, etc.

__________ TIP! Transfer the contents of the blender or food processor to an "easy-to-handle" bowl. SUBstitutions Fresh tomatillos = two 13-oz cans of tomatillos; Fresh chile peppers = up to 1 tablespoon diced, canned peppers; 3 Serrano peppers = 2 jalapenos. Drain canned ingredients NOTES : Taste the chile peppers. Sometimes serranos are hotter than jalapenos.

The shelf-life is short - refrigerate up to 4 days.

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