Here I've made a Roasted Tomatillo Salsa by grilling Tomatillos, Onions, Peppers and Garlic and then tossing all of it into a blender. Then to add a bit of freshness I add fresh squeezed Key Lime Juice and Cilantro to it while blending. Of course you can use almost anything you've got in your fridge, or vary the vegetables. Just as long as you've got some bold flavors, roasted to extract the sweet smokiness that grilling imparts, you'll have a Summertime winner!
Island Breeze Soups Roasted Tomatillo Sauce:
6 Tomatillos - Removed the outer husks and cut them in half
1 medium sized Onion, peeled and cut into quarters
3 assorted bell peppers - cut into quarters, stems and seeds removed
5 cloves of Garlic - peeled
1/4 cup Key Lime Juice, or freshly squeezed lime juice
1 bunch cilantro, including stems (this is not grilled, but added to the blender later)
1/4 cup olive oil - for tossing the veggies
Salt & Pepper - to taste
1 tsp - Taco Seasoning or similar. I'd suggest cumin, chili powder, garlic powder but you can be creative here!
If you prefer things a bit spicier, (and the endorphin rush it brings to your body!) you can always add a different combination of peppers such as jalapenos, poblanos or chipotles.. For our recipe, we used Bell Peppers, Poblano Peppers and then added one Chipotle pepper (a smoked jalapeno), to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Plus, you get the added benefit of Vitamin C along with the endorphins that peppers have!
Once the ingredients above are grilled, drop everything into the blender, adding the cilantro and lime juice and blend until it's the consistency that you like it. We like ours slightly chunky. If you have sauce left over, it will keep in the refrigerator, in a well covered container for about a week. Tip: this is great on tacos and / or leftovers!
Here the Roasted Tomatilo Sauce is served over a marinated grilled chicken breast, but this sauce also works wonderfully over fresh Swordfish Kabobs, It's Gluten Free and Paleo and best of all, it makes for a nice, light summer meal!
Got a tip for another summer sauce, or want to tell me how this recipe worked with your dish, please let me know in the comments section below!
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Rocco Antonelli is the chef and owner of Island Breeze Soups and lives a gluten free, paleo lifestyle.