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Old February 12, 2009   #42
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Default Oaxacan Green Tomatillo Sauce Recipe

Ingredients (makes 2 cups)
1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (Mexican variety preferred), crumbled
2 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, seeded
1 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce (from the canned chiles)
1 handful cilantro sprigs (largest stems removed)
1/2 teaspoon salt

On a comal,(*see below) or in a heavy dry skillet (preferably cast iron), roast the tomatillos, over medium heat, turning frequently, until they are barely tender and the skins are covered with black and brown spots.

At the same time, put the garlic in the skillet and roast the cloves until they feel slightly tender when pinched. The pan roasting will take about 15 to 20 minutes. The skillet may be covered for the last 2 to 3 minutes to steam the tomatil1os if they don't feel a little tender when lightly pinched.

Peel the outer paper skins from the garlic. Put the roasted tomatillos and garlic into a, blender jar. Cover the jar and blend about 6 to 8 seconds to a coarse mixture.

In the same skillet used for roasting the tomatillos, heat the oil, and saute the onion 3 to 4 minutes, until softened and beginning to brown. Stir in the oregano and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Scrape the onion and oregano into the blender jar. Add the chipotle chiles and adobo sauce. Blend until &mooth. Add cilantro and salt. Blend briefly. (There should still be a bit of texture.) Adjust seasoning.

Transfer the salsa to a bowl. Serve at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.

Note: Sauce will thicken as it sits. Stir it well to bring it together, and add a bit of water, if needed.

*A comal is a griddle or grill typically used for cooking foods based on a tortilla, including quesadillas, a folded tortilla filled with cheese and/or meat heated on the comal. The history of such cooking methods dates back to the pre-Columbian era when maize was ground by stone, made into tortillas, then filled with whatever was available and heated on a comal over an open fire.
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