Tomatillos and avocado salsa

A visit to the farmers market over the weekend is always fun. There may not be new produce all the time but I love to soak up the excitement in people when they talk about an ingredient or discuss about ways of cooking a piece of pig tail or pope eye ;) Last weekend at Gaswork farmers market, I managed to pick up a beautiful slab of pork shoulder from Gypsy Pig and stumbled upon tomatillos.

Tomatillo is big in the Mexican cuisine and used mostly in fresh sauces. The green “skin” protecting the fruit inside needs to be removed, washed and then prepared the way you like it. The tomatillo is firm and rather sweet with a slight gentle tang. I think I am addicted to this fruit!

In this photo, I have the Green zebra and Stupice (red) tomatoes. They were amazing! All still in season right now and pick some up before it goes away! Oh.. and the fiery red jalapeno chillies at the side.

Tomatillos and tomatoes

Tomatillos and tomatoes


Most of the ingredients in this tomatillos and avocado salsa recipe is from the farmers market. Like I said, it was a great haul. I made this for a pulled pork recipe. Check it out here.

Tomatillos and avocado salsa

Tomatillos and avocado salsa

I had leftover rhubarb from making the Kissel. I was not sure what the outcome will be but it turned out awesome! Watch out for more rhubarb action in the pulled pork recipe.

Are great finds in the market lately?

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Ingredients:

  • 200g of tomatillos
  • 1/2cup of sliced rhuburb
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 20ml of olive oil
  • 2 jalapeno chillies, deseeded
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 large shallots
  • 1 handful of coriander leaves
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Remove the skin from the tomatillos, rinse and then blanch them in boiling water for about 5 minutes or until soft. Drain and set aside
  2. Add shallots, jalapeno, garlic, 1/2 of the coriander leaves, olive oil, lime juice and salt into a food processor and give it a few pulse. Then add the tomatillos and give a few more pulse. Taste. Add the remaining coriander and additional salt if required and just a couple of pulses. Set aside
  3. Cube the avocado. Place in a bowl. Add the tomatillos mixture and combine gently until all combine. Taste and adjust seasoning
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