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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Roasted Salsa Verde Café

I love salsas. 
I love roasted veggies.
I love coffee.
LOVE em.
So I thought to myself, why not throw them all together?

There is a tartness to the tomatillos...
 A sweetness to the tomatoes...
A spiciness to the jalapeno...
A bite of onion and garlic...
A smokiness from the chipotle and the roasting...
  A freshness of to the lime juice and cilantro.  
and the magic that brings it all unexpected and wonderful surprise...

Trust me on this one!
Oh my word! I sat there eating out of the bowl...with a spoon.

This stuff is addicting. 

Here is what I did:


Roasted Salsa Verde Café

This is a non-traditional salsa verde. 
The flavors of Roasted/Broiled Tomatillos and Cherry/Grape Tomatoes marry beautifully with Spicy Chipotle and Fresh Jalapeno, Onion, Garlic and… COFFEE!

  3 pounds tomatillos, husks removed
  1 pint cherry/grape or any small tomato variety
  2 large jalapeno peppers
  2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  ¼ cup honey
  4-5 heaping teaspoons instant coffee
  1 large onion, cut into chunks
  1 head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
  large handful of cilantro including stems and leaves
  juice of 1 lime


  1. Set the broiler to high.
  2. Place WHOLE tomatillos, cherry /grape tomatoes, jalapenos, onion chunks, and garlic on a large roasting pan.  
  3. Broil for 5-8 minutes, until tomatillos and onions start to blacken.  
  4. Flip ingredients over and broil an additional 5-8 minutes, until everything is soft and charred.  Move your pan around to make sure you get even charring.
  5. Remove from oven. Let the vegetables sit in the roasting pan until they have cooled enough to handle (about 15 minutes).  
  6. If you want a milder salsa, then you can remove the seeds from the jalapenos (leave them in for spicy!).  
  7. Place the vegetables into a food processor or blender, pouring in the accumulated juices on the sheet pan.  
  8. Pulse until chunky, but liquid has been released.
  9. Add in the chipotle in adobo, cilantro, lime juice, honey, the instant coffee and a pinch of salt, and pulse to combine.  
  10. Taste and add more salt if necessary.