The peach kick continues with this recipe for Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa. Tomatillo salsa, also known as salsa verde, contains roasted or otherwise cooked tomatillos.
In spite of growing up in Texas where tomatillos were plentiful, I do not recall ever eating a fresh one. I feel a little lied to! No one told me tomatillos are delicious raw. Our CSA grows them so this was the first year we had several gorgeous, green gems lying around just calling out to be turned into salsa….or eaten fresh?
The salsa is the best I have ever made and I am a bit of a salsa snob. The combination of roasted and fresh flavors is delicious and the smooth and chunky texture makes it perfect as a dip or a relish to go on meat dishes.
We made the salsa on a weekend that included a bit of outdoor fun. The nearby Delaware Water Gap area is a gorgeous place that is only a bit more than an hour west of New York City. The funny thing is I read the “Paleo Indians” along with the Lenape tribe used to roam these hills. How appropriate! We frolicked in the river that included a few mossy rocks from which we jumped into the cool waters of the deep pool.
Later we hiked up the mountain and enjoyed the beautiful views. I love this photo of my oldest son, Benjamin, because just a couple of days after our hike he told me of his intention to become a Christian. His faith and courage are inspiring and I’m so proud of his decision.
Ben told us he is ready to be baptized but said he wants it to be private (not in front of the entire church) and he does not want anyone to get “mushy”. Good luck with that last part, Ben.
Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa with Pan-Fried Halibut
Ingredients for the Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa
- 6-8 medium tomatillos
- 2 large tomatoes (or combination regular tomato and cherry tomatoes)
- 2 large, firm peaches, peeled
- 2 jalapeño peppers
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 medium red onion (or two small ones)
- 1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro, more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or cayenne pepper to taste)
Instructions for the Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa
- Onto a baking sheet place about half of the veggies and fruit – 4 tomatillos, halved; 1 tomato, halved (or handful of cherry tomatoes); 1 peach cut into 8ths; 2 garlic cloves, one small red onion or half a larger red onion, 1 jalapeño pepper, halved.
- Roast under a hot broiler about 10 minutes per side (or until browned/slightly-blackened in spots)
- Allow the roasted ingredients to cool slightly and place in a food processor with the lime juice, chopped cilantro, parsley, salt (to taste) and Tabasco or cayenne pepper.
- Dice the remaining tomatillos, tomato and peach. Add to the smooth salsa along with one clove of minced garlic, diced half red onion, and one seeded and minced fresh jalapeño pepper.
- Chill, garnish with more fresh cilantro and serve.
You can adjust the heat of the salsa by leaving in the seeds and veins of the jalapeños and/or adding more Tabasco or cayenne for more of a kick.
The sweet and spicy flavors of the Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa go great with fish. We enjoyed it on some simply prepared halibut. Here’s how we made it:
Ingredients for the Pan-Fried Halibut
- 4 halibut fillets or other firm white fish (8 ounces each)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons butter or ghee (or olive oil)
Instructions for the Pan-Fried Halibut
- Heat a large sauté pan coated with olive oil. Sauté fillets until golden and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove from heat; transfer fillets to a platter. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
- Add butter, ghee or olive oil, to pan and melt. Let it cook a minute or two on lower heat until it begins to bubble. Add the lemon juice and zest and remove pan from heat. Pour sauce over fillets.
Top with the Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa. It’s so healthy and fresh and just beautiful!
The Roasted Tomatillo Peach Salsa also goes GREAT as a topping or relish for grilled beef. Enjoy!
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