Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Salsa Verde

Well, guys, apparently I've been in the mood for Mexican food lately! No shock there, as I'm almost always in the mood for Mexican food. I'm also in total canning mode, so I'm jarring up all the produce I can get my hands on. With those two things combined, I just had to make some Salsa Verde this week!

This stuff is so good. It's nice and tangy, a little bit spicy, and completely delicious. I only made one batch this time around, but I love this Salsa Verde so much, that I won't be the least bit surprised if I decide to make another batch next weekend.

Now, if you're not into canning, you should still definitely check out this recipe! You can do all the steps up to the actual canning process, and then call it a day. If you're doing that, you may also want to quarter the recipe as this makes enough for 4 pint jars. 1 pint jar is just about perfect to simmer some chicken in, make enchiladas with, or just devour with some tortilla chips!
Before I jump into the recipe, I want to thank you guys for always having such nice things to say about my food photography and recipe posts! I love writing about all sorts of things, but blogging has really shown me that I LOVE food photography. So, thanks for drooling over the photos right along with me!

Anyway! Recipe time!

Salsa Verde- Makes 4 pint jars
from Canning for a New Generation

Ingredients:
- 3 1/2 pounds tomatillos, papery husks and stems removed, rinsed
- 1 medium white onion (4 ounces), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 5 large serrano chiles (2 ounces)
- 5 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 firmly packed cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon pure kosher salt, or to taste

Preheat the oven to 500°F.

Prepare for water-bath canning:

Sterilize the jars and keep them hot in the canning pot, and put the flat lids in a heatproof bowl.

Put all the vegetables in a single layer in baking dishes, or on rimmed baking sheets, and roast for 20-35 minutes, turning occasionally, until blackened in spots and the tomatillos are soft, collapsed, and leaking. Working in batches, puree the vegetables and their juices, along with the cilantro, in a blender, covering the lid with a towel to prevent the hot liquid from erupting. (You can also use a stick blender to do this right in the pan you'll use next. It saves me from many burns!) Put the puree in a wide, 6- to 8-quart preserving pan or other nonreactive pot and stir in the lime juice and salt. Bring to a boil.

Ladle boiling water from the canning pot into the bowl with the lids. Using a jar lifter, remove the sterilized jars from the canning pot, carefully pouring the water from each one back into the pot, and place them upright on a folded towel. Drain the water off the jar lids.

Ladle the hot salsa into the jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace at the top. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the rims of the jars, then put a flat lid and ring on each jar, adjusting the ring so that it's just finger-tight. Return the jars to the water in the canning pot, making sure the water covers the jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes to process. Remove the jars to a folded towel and do not disturb for 12 hours. After 1 hour, check that the lids have sealed by pressing down on the center of each; if it can be pushed down, it hasn't sealed, and the jar should be refrigerated immediately. Label the sealed jars and store.
Well, that's it for canning for the day! I'm off to celebrate my birthday with my family at the Evergreen State Fair!

I hope you enjoyed checking out this recipe!

Til next time!

-Becca
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32 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! I love your food posts too :)
    Amia
    www.teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com

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  2. This looks amazing, I wish I could come over and steal a bunch of your canned goods. But what I really want to say is HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope it's the perfect day of celebrating!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I had a great birthday! I'm glad to hear yours was nice, too! I always have a few too many jars, so if you're ever in Seattle, I'd be happy to share!

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  3. Aww happy birthday! Your Salsa Verde looks amazing and I may just have to try making a batch before summer's end. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks, Bekuh! I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Mm, looks tasty! I definitely have to try this. Happy birthday!! :)

    heyniki.wordpress.com

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  5. All I can say is... YU-UM!



    ~ i s a b e l l e

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  6. Happy Birthday!! I hope you enjoy your day! This looks amazing, I love salsa verde!

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    1. Thanks, Irela! Salsa verde is the best!

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  7. I recently became obsessed with salsa verde. I definitely need to try this recipe!

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  8. First of all: congratulations on your birthday! I hope you celebrated it well.
    I've never tried making or even eating Salsa Verde before, but you got my attention with this post. It looks so good!

    Sofie x
    http://littlegreensofie.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thank you so much, Sofie! I hope you get a chance to make it or try it soon- it's delicious!

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  9. mmmm salsa! one of my fav things ever but gets so pricey adn i hate all the wasted cans from it afterward so i'm def bookmarking this one. thanks for sharing!
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

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    1. Of course! I hope you like it! The ingredients aren't too spendy, so it should be a little bit cheaper than buying it by the jar.

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  10. mmm spicy and tangy, this sounds right up my alley!

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  11. YUM! This looks so good! I wish I had a jar of this and some tortilla chips right now. I LOVE me some salsa!
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Jessi! I bought some tortilla chips at the store today just for this!

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  12. I love salsa verde and was just looking for a recipe. In all seriousness, I just told my husband I'd like to make it and then stumbled across your blog. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. How fortuitous! I'm glad you found my recipe!

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  13. Becca, you seriously make my mouth water every time I come here! You have the best recipes (and food photos). And i'm in dire need of getting actual kitchen supplies. All i have is like, a pizza cutter. Hahah!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Thank you so much, Marlen! I hope you can hunt down some good kitchen supplies soon. I'm always surprised how much good stuff you can find at garage sales and the goodwill!

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  14. This looks so good! Happy birthday, boo!
    xo,
    Katie

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  15. We've been eating Mexican for dinner all week, we're fanatics. And this salsa looks amazing, pinning!!

    xo
    By The Shore

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  16. Lovely photos and that stuff looks awesome! I think I have to give it a try:)

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  17. That looks amazing! Mexican food is my favourite so I will have to give this a try.

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  18. Yummmmmmmm! Salsa verde is my favorite!!!

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  19. that looks delish! that is the best kind of salsa in my opinion. I bet the homemade version is to die for, I'll definitely have to try making this myself!

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  20. YUM!! Drooling!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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  21. I don't know whats more delicious here ....your photography or the recipe <3 !!! loved reading this post !!!

    Regards,
    Valleyobcare

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