kitchen-bitch2.thumbnail.jpgBY MAVIS LINNEMANN Tomatillo salsa, or salsa verde, is a workhorse in the Mexican kitchen and a fiesta for your taste buds, so why not try making it from scratch? A tomatillo looks like a little green tomato, but it’s actually a member of the gooseberry family. It has a papery thin husk that’s easily removed before eating.Tomatillos can be found in most American supermarkets, or in your local Latino or Mexican market. I usually pick mine up at the small Latin grocery store around the corner. Look for fruits that are bright green with a nice firm skin. They have a delicate, mild tomato-like flavor that’s the perfect canvas for something like a salsa, where you add whatever ingredients you like or happen to have on hand to spice it up to your liking. Salsa verde is healthy, inexpensive to make, and can be easily manipulated to individual tastes—from sweet and mild to fiery hot. Besides that, it can be used in an unlimited number of dishes, or just as a complement to tortilla chips. For instance, you can make a amazing breakfast burrito by scrambling a few eggs and then layering them in a warm tortilla with a little bit of cheese. Wrap it up like a burrito, smear sour cream on it and pour tomatillo salsa over the top, and you have heaven in a tortilla. For those who HAVE to have meat in their dishes (i.e., my boyfriend, Doug), add cooked spicy chorizo or thick-cut bacon for a little umph. MORE

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