Toasted Jalapeno Tomatillo and Watermelon Salsa


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This is a fantastic twist on just your plain old salsa.

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  • 8 to 10 medium tomatillos (peel off parchment-like coating and rinse)
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 jalapeno peppers or to taste, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. mild chili powder
  • 1 C. tomato sauce or puree
  • 1 C. seeded watermelon chunks
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Cut the tomatillos into quarters. Heat the oil in a large heavy sauté pan over medium high heat and in it sauté the onions for a few minutes and then add the tomatillos, garlic, and jalapenos.

Sauté until the onions and garlic begin to brown. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle the cumin and chili powder over the pan. Stir in the tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Cool. Place in a blender or food processor with the watermelon and puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Makes About 3 cups. 

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