Our local supermarket isn't really 'known' for having good deals or foods of a different culture. I mean sure, we've got a little 'spanish' section where you can get salsa and taco shells...but when I saw tomatillos in the produce section, I about flipped! Had I ever cooked with them before? No..but I couldn't wait to try them out!
The resulting dinner might not have been the prettiest, but it was VERY tasty!!
Oven on 350
8 large jalapenos cut in half and seeds removed
1 block of cream cheese (8oz)
1 tube of pork chorizo (cooked/crumbled)
The heat of your cooked chorizo will melt the cream cheese, so just toss it on top, and then after about 5 minutes mix it together with a spoon to make a glorious cheese/chorizo paste. Then take about a tablespoon and put in to the little jalapenos. Bake 20-25 minutes, then let cool for a few minutes (that cream cheese get h.o.t.-you have been warned).
Tomatillo Chicken (adapted from tlc.com)
1-2 tablespoons oil
3 chicken breasts-cut in half (thinner and now you have more to feed more people)
6 small-med tomatillos (husks removed,rinse them off, then cut into quarters)
1 small can of diced green chiles
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon (give or take) of cumin
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts with cumin and add to pan. Brown chicken slightly.
Add tomatillos, chiles, chicken broth, and cilantro-
Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes
Remove chicken to plate, and take the remains of the pan and add to a blender and pulse slightly (you just want to smooth out any really big pieces)-top chicken with 'sauce'-then top with cheese if desired (I always desire cheese!)
If we hadn't have had company (and we almost ALWAYS have company) Husband and I could have taken down this entire dinner ourselves. The jalapenos...perfect with that creamy filling! The chicken was awesome too! The tomatillos give this slight tartness that almost had me thinking there was lime in there. But...since I was the one that cooked it, I knew there was no lime! Yum! It will be made again..and maybe next time with a pitcher of margaritas! Ole'!