I needed quick and easy this week and fish tacos always fit the bill. This tangy Fresh Tomatillo Salsa from Rick Bayless goes together almost as fast as opening a jar and tastes wonderful drizzled over the savory bites of fish, crunchy cabbage and creamy avocado slices.
Rick Bayless calls this his "default salsa" because it is so quick and easy and says to serve it within an hour or so before the flavor start to fade. I made a half-batch to put on some fish tacos and found it was still plenty tasty the next day.
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
From Mexican everyday by Rick Bayless
(Makes about 1 1/2 Cups)
4 medium (about 8 oz total) tomatillos, husked, rinsed and quartered
1 large garlic clove, peeled and quartered
hot green chiles to taste (I used 1 serrano for 1/2 batch), stemmed and roughly chopped
1/2 to 2/3 cup (loosely packed) roughly chopped cilantro
salt to taste
the tomatillos, garlic, chile and cilantro in a food processor or
blender. Add 1/4 cup water and a generous 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process to a
coarse puree; if using a blender, begin blending on low, at first
pulsing to get the mixture moving evenly through the blender blades.
Pour into a salsa dish and thin with a little more water if necessary to give the salsa an easily spoonable consistency. Taste and season with additional salt if you think necessary.
Serve within an hour.
Notes/Results: The salsa has a great green and tangy flavor and a nice kick from the serrano chile. For the tacos I used some local tombo ahi (the Hawaiian name for tropical albacore tuna), light and mild. Salsa verde is always a nice change of pace from red salsas and I like it better with fish. I would make this salsa again.
We are celebrating Día de Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) at I Heart Cooking Clubs this week and salsa and fish tacos seems like celebrating to me. ;-)