So every now and then, I try to shake things up. This time, I didn't have to look for an opportunity: opportunity found me!
We belong to a produce co-op (members contribute about $15 every other week, the money gets pooled, and the organizers get fantastic bulk deals ... then divvy up the produce among all the members). When I put in my last co-op order, I asked for a regular basket plus a bonus "Mexican night" basket. We ended up with all sorts of goodies (including a killer pineapple that formed the basis for next week's recipe). The Mexican bonus pack included tomatillos, a bunch of poblano peppers, cilantro, green onions, garlic, and a whole mess of limes.
|Fresh green onions and cilantro!|
And from that delightful bounty, the idea for roasted pepper and tomatillo salsa was born. But what to serve it on?? How about street tacos?
Portobello Street Tacos with Roasted Pepper and Tomatillo Salsa
1/4 c. oil
3 Tbs. orange juice
3 Tbs. lime juice
2 Tbs. tequila
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
4 portobello mushroom caps, stemmed, de-gilled, and sliced into wide pieces
fresh flour tortillas
cheddar or Mexican cheese, grated
refried beans (we used canned)
tomatillo and roasted pepper salsa*
Combine all of the marinate ingredients in a bowl, toss with the sliced mushrooms. Cover and allow to marinate at room temperature for about an hour. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are nicely browned. (Meanwhile, heat beans in a small saucepan over medium low heat.)
Heat tortillas in the oven or toaster oven until just warm. Create tacos by spreading a spoonful of beans on a tortilla, top with some sliced mushroom, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, and a dollop of the brilliant salsa.
About 6 large peppers, mostly poblano
10 tomatillos, husked and rinsed, patted dry
large bunch of cilantro leaves (3/4 c.?)
lime juice to taste (probably 1/4 c.)
heaping Tbs. minced garlic
5-6 green onions, white and light green parts only
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
|Tomatillos and peppers under the broiler|
Preheat broiler. Put tomatillos and peppers on a baking sheet and broil until starting to blacken (about 5 minutes per side). Put peppers in a large bowl, cover with plastic, and let steam about 10 minutes. Meanwhile coarsely chop green onions, garlic, cilantro, and tomatillos. Remove peppers and de-stem, peel, remove seeds, and coarsely chop. Add to the other ingredients, then throw in the salt and sugar. Pulse in a food processor until blended but not pureed.