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The iceberg sunk this Titanic

Tomatillo2“Kate and Leo Tomatilllo (salsa)”


I know. I said the same thing when Dave suggested the name for my … errr … “his” tomatillo salsa for the salsa competition.

We were trying to think of something that rhymes with tomatillo (there isn’t much), when Dave blurted out “Kate and Leo” … as in Kate Winslett and Leo DiCaprio.

*awkward silence*

“Yeah, c’mon … cause, y’know … this salsa is TITAAAANIIIIC!!!”

“Ummm, the Titanic sunk and hundreds of people perished.”

“Well … yeah … but how funny would it be to put a still shot of that ‘I’m flying Jack … I’m flying!’ scene on the blog???”

So there you have it.

Kate and Leo Tomatillo.

Oh, and by the way, it tied for second place in the competition, losing to “Fuego de Gallo.” My salsa ran out before every voter got a taste, so I like to think I lost by default.

Also, technically we came in third thanks to Dave’s inadequate rock-paper-scissors skills. The winner of the 2nd place tiebreaker?

Pineapple Iceberg Delight. Oh the bitter irony.

Kate and Leo Tomatillo (a.k.a. Titanic Tomatillo Salsa)

You’ll need:

10 tomatillos

1 medium sized onion

1 small- to medium-sized head of garlic

1 small tomato

1 teaspoon cilantro, finely chopped

juice of 1/2 lime

1 jalapeno, sliced

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Roast the onions and garlic (tossed lightly in olive oil) under the broiler until the onions are translucent and the garlic and soft and fragrant. Puree in a blender or food processor. Set aside.

Onion garlic

Toss the tomatillos lightly in olive oil and roast under the broiler. Remember these purple tomatillos? These should look just as battered and bruised.

Roasted Tomatillos

Blend the tomatillos with the jalapeno and mix in the garlic/onion and the cilantro. Dice the other tomato and stir it in. Add in the spices and season to taste.

Tomatillo salsa


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