Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What to post, what to post?

Soft Tacos with Pico de Gallo and Oven Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

I have been so busy lately - yup all my own doing - trying to get all of the things that I wanted to do for the end of the month challenges. For the Daring Bakers I made Dorie Greenspan’s Party Cake and for the Royal Foodie Joust I made Fresh Coconut Fried Shrimp. Aside from that we still ate some really great meals over the weekend and I just couldn't decide what to post. Then I downloaded all of the pictures and I knew I had a winner!

As most of you know I am sadly on the hunt for a new Farmer's Market to go to. The Worden Farm Farmer's Market is done for the year and won't be back again until November???!!! On Saturday I thought I had found my replacement but as we pulled up I saw the great big huge tractor trailer unloading boxes of produce. There were several things there that they did grow themselves and it is a small family run business but I really do want something that is local if not organic. We did buy some tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, tomatillos, and some limes...Can you guess what we were having for dinner???

We made tacos with fresh Pico de Gallo and Oven Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde. I love fresh tasting food and this certainly fit the bill! The taco meat was pretty normal. Ground beef with taco seasoning. But the toppings are what made it incredible!

Pico de Gallo

1 bunch of cilantro (cleaned, stems removed and rough chopped)
2 tomatoes (seeded and diced)
2 jalapeños (seeds and membrane removed, finely chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and allow to sit for about 30 minutes before serving.

Oven Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

1 quart basket of tomatillos
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
1 bunch of cilantro (cleaned and picked)
juice from 1 lime
1/4 tsp sugar
2 jalapeños (seeds and membrane removed and chopped)
salt to taste
  • Remove the papery husk from the tomatillos and rinse well. Cut each one in half and place cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil for about 5-7 minutes or until the skin is lightly blackened.
  • Place the blackened tomatillos, lime juice, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, and sugar in a food processor or blender and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season with the salt to taste.
  • Allow to cool in the fridge before serving.
These fresh ingredients made for a great, fresh tasting dinner. Even the girls liked this one (with lots of water!)

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Peter M said...

Salsas, salads, sauces come alive when the ingredients are so fresh!

The kids love tacos...I'm a big kid.

Anonymous said...

The tacos with fresh Pico de Gallo looks so good Judy. I am always surprised with what you come up with next. Good job!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hey Peter I just love fresh tasting food! Tomatoes, basil, cilantro, etc all get my vote!

Thanks ga.farmgirl - I was worried. Hadn't seen you around for a while!

Brittany said...

Oh now that looks delicious! It reminds me of warm weather, exactly what I want right now!

Núria said...

Hola Judy! I'm having fun with your blog and your recipes! This one looks so coloured and tasty... can you believe I never tried this at home? Only had tacos in a Mexican restaurant.

Thistlemoon said...

I almost picked up tomatillos at the grocery store last trip there, but thought to myself, "hmmm...we may get them at the farmers market soon, so I will hold off". So looking at this, it looks like I may get my wish! :)

This looks wonderful!

Dharm said...

Yumm... that does look really good! Perfect actually for the hot weather we get around here!

Dharm said...

Sorry its me again... just wanted to let you know I learnt something and had to go check it before I said anything stupid!! See, I've never heard of Tomatillos until now, and I would have thought that they were like cherry tomatoes - but I wikipedia's it and now I know! Thanks for that Judy!!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Brittany-I am sending warm weather wishes your way! Love the new pic!

Nuria-They are so much better at home...you get them exactly how you want them and the salsa's are so nice and fresh tasting!

Jenn-Keep checking at the market. If I can get them you should be able to soon.

Thanks Dharm-These are great and refreshing. It has been really hot here as well! And so glad I was able to peak your curiosity!