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Anything but Mexican... need recipes for Tomatillos

beagles8mydough Sep 14, 2012 09:47 PM

I just got a batch of tomatillos in my weekly veggie pack from the local farm. I like the general taste of them from what I recall of eating them a long time ago. But I pretty much hate Mexican food. I don't like onions or hot-spicy things, can't eat beans and I think cumin tastes like potting soil. So, you can see my problem. I've been chasing promising leads all evening and I am crying uncle! Or Salsa Verde! I do like avocados so I am open to those recipes, but no guac unless onion-free.

Anyone have any ideas for making things with these little darlings?

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    bartholomeu RE: beagles8mydough Sep 14, 2012 09:52 PM

    I think fried green tomatoes will do the trick. I don't have a specific recipe in mind but I'm sure a quick search will come up with some good ones.

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      beagles8mydough RE: bartholomeu Sep 14, 2012 10:23 PM

      I was wondering about that... if you can believe it, I've never had them. I've heard good things and I'll give it a go. I never ate them when I was younger because the very name reminded me of this nasty looking green tomato chow-chow my parents loved. I will try frying some of the tomatillos this weekend. Do you use a flour/cornmeal mix or just cornmeal? Milk/egg dip before or no? There seemed to be a lot of back and forth on that in what I found here.

      I was looking at a recipe I found for a tomato jam... which seems interesting. I am very curious as to whether the tarty little tomatillos would make an interesting switch? Perhaps the tangy and sweet would be a nice combo?

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        bartholomeu RE: beagles8mydough Sep 14, 2012 10:53 PM

        I like a flour/cornmeal mix (flour for a good fry and cornmeal for the texture) and yes to the egg/milk dip (it sticks much better). Just make sure to season the flour/cornmeal mix.

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          PotatoHouse RE: beagles8mydough Sep 15, 2012 04:19 AM

          Fried eggplant has a slightly similar taste to fried green tomatoes. I have found people who like one tend to like the other.

      2. ipsedixit RE: beagles8mydough Sep 14, 2012 10:21 PM


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          shallots RE: beagles8mydough Sep 14, 2012 10:40 PM

          Tomatillo jam (the one on line from Pati Jinnich who adds lime is my current favorite)

          One the website Homesick Texan, look up Ninfa's green sauce.

          1. MplsM ary RE: beagles8mydough Sep 14, 2012 11:04 PM

            This recipe sounds like it was created just for your needs: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Fall-Pum...

            1. mamachef RE: beagles8mydough Sep 15, 2012 04:13 AM

              The tomatillos would make a fine jam, and you could also dice them up with some green apple, apple juice, raisins and warm spices, cook them down, and make a chutney. Add some chopped walnuts to this if you want to: delicious with poultry of any type, or sausage.

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                smtucker RE: beagles8mydough Sep 15, 2012 06:30 AM

                I love the Rick Bayless Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde. He has several other options on his website as well. Very generous with sharing recipes for free.

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