Kitchen Garden Seeds

Jo’s Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde
Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms * John Scheepers
John Scheepers
Bantam, Connecticut

This is one of those recipes that can serve as a base that you can tweak to match your family’s need for heat. You can add more Garlic, and/or roast more incendiary Hot Chile Peppers. I always make it a day or two ahead to avoid kitchen craziness later. If you haven’t grown and cooked with Tomatillos before, you’ll likely get hooked fast. Don’t be surprised to find that the husks are not always that easy to remove, and that the fruit is often sticky once the husks are removed. They just need a little wash up. If your plants are heavy with fruit, no worries. Harvest when ripe. Husk, wash and dry them. Freeze them on a cookie sheet and bag them in air tight freezer bags. It’s so nice to have a stockpile for the winter. We love to serve it on the side with Sue Torres’ Mexican chorizo and monteray jack cheese fondue. (You can snare her recipe along with a how-to Martha Stewart video here.)
Jo’s Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde
  • 2 pounds Toma Verde Tomatillos, husked, washed and quartered
  • 4 plump Garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 medium yellow Onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper, washed
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped Scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, add the quartered Tomatillos (stems removed), unpeeled Garlic cloves and the quartered Onion. Slice the Jalapeño Pepper into four or six lengthwise strips, and remove the seeds and membrane. Add the strips into the bowl. Drizzle with olive oil to just coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Line baking sheets with aluminum foil. Spread the vegetables out on baking sheets: if they are piled together, they will steam rather than roast. Roast at 425°F until just charred, about 20 minutes.
    Squeeze the roasted Garlic out of its skins. Peel the Peppers. Put the roasted Garlic and all of the roasted vegetables into the food processor. Add the lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Process until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Add the Cilantro and Scallions, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a dipping sauce with chips. It’s also good drizzled over the contents of tacos, quesadillas and fajitas.