*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                      Roasted Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa
 
 Recipe By     : Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :1:00
 Categories    : Salsa
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    4      each          to 6 dried chipotle chiles -- stems removed
                         -or 4-5 chipotles in adobe
    6      large         unpeeled garlic cloves
    1      pound         tomatillos -- husked and rinsed
                         salt
                         sugar -- optional
 
 If using dried chiles, heat a dry griddle or heavy skillet over moderate
 heat.  Add half the chiles and toast, pressing down on them with a metal
 spatula, until they start to crackle.  Turn and toast the other side.
 Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the remaining chiles.  Cover the chiles
 with hot water and let soften for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Drain
 the chiles.  If using canned chiles, simply wipe off the adobo.
 
 Heat a dry griddle or heavy skillet over moderate heat.  Toast the garlic,
 turning occasionally, until softened and blackened in spots, about 15
 minutes.  Let cool, then peel and roughly chop.
 
 Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
 
 Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.  Spread the tomatillos on a rimmed baking
 sheet and broil for about 8 minutes, turning once, or until blackened in
 spots and softened.  Let cool on the baking sheet.
 
 Scrape the tomatillos and any accumulated juices into a food processor or
 blender and add the chiles and roasted garlic.  Puree until thickened and
 smooth.  For a chunkier salsa, pulse the tomatillos and roasted garlic
 until coarsely pureed; finely chop the chiles and add them to the tomatillo
 mixture.  Transfer the salsa to a bowl and stir in 6 to 8 tablespoons of
 water, so the salsa has a spoonable consistency.  Season with salt, plus a
 little sugar, if you want to soften the tangy edge.
 
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 NOTES : This very simple building-block recipe needs only three basic
 ingredients.  Add anything more than salt and sugar and you're gilding the
 lily.
 
 
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