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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa - Salsa Verde con Aguacate


This year we decided to try growing tomatillos in our garden. We got our first plants at a local farm, where we were told that they wouldn't grow more then 2ft high or wide...Needless to say they exploded! 
We have been picking tomatillos almost everyday since Mid- June. A tomatillo is a small, round, green tomato-like fruit that is covered in a husk resembling a paper lantern. It originates in Mexico, where the Nahuatl word for it 'Tomātl' (pronounced 'toe-maa-tal') means 'fat, water thing.' You gotta love that description! If you've ever had Salsa Verde at a Mexican restaurant, you've tasted tomatillos. They have a similar taste to tomatoes but are a little more firm and tart. With all these tomatillos I decided to make my own version of Salsa Verde. This Salsa Verde or 'Green Salsa' is perfect as a summer dip with chips, as a topper to Veggie Tortillas, or as a side dish for grilled fish. The avocado, tomatillos, and red onions tie this salsa together giving it a unique piquant yet slightly sweet taste, full of summer sunshine and flavor.

Here is my recipe for this terrifically tasty and tart Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa:
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Avocado cut into cubes
5 Tomatillos chopped
1 Small Red Onion chopped
1/2 cup Golden Cherry Tomatoes
1 small bunch of Cilantro chopped
1 small Jalapeño seeded and chopped
1 TBLSP Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice from 1 Lime
Pinch of Salt and Pepper


Directions:
1. Wash and chop the Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Avocado, Jalapeño, Onion, and Cilantro.
2. In a bowl place chopped Tomatillos and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.


3. Add the Onion, Tomato, and Jalapeño. Stir and let sit for a minute.




4. Next add the Apple Cider vinegar and Cilantro. Stir and let sit for a minute.


5. Add the Avocado and squeeze the juice of 1 lime over it and mix throughly.


6. Let the flavors meld in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and before serving make sure to stir well.



Handmade Corn Tortillas with Frying Cheese, Red Cabbage, and Salsa Verde.

Enjoy!


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