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night snacks |
much as I love the big themed shindigs and the intimate schmancy dinner
parties, my usual mode of entertaining is a whole lot more low-key.
Invite a few friends over, and settle in front of the TV for a good
movie night. All you need is a DVD player (or VCR if you're playing it
old-school), a good flick or two, some comfy seating… and plenty of
movie-friendly munchies. Sure, movie night's not movie night without the
obligatory candy and big bowl of buttery popcorn, but if you're looking
to offer up more than the standard fare, here are a few recipes that'll
make for tasty homemade accompaniments at your next movie night…
seed salsa and chips
The base of this salsa are the tomatillos, which when you get them at
the market, look like little green tomatoes wrapped in a papery husk.
They're meatier than tomatoes, and have a tangier flavor. This is a
thick, flavorful green salsa that's a nice change from the usual
10 tomatillos (12 oz.), husks
2/3 cup roasted hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1-2 jalapeno chiles (depending upon how hot you like your salsa - use
one for a mild salsa, two for a hot salsa. For a killer hot salsa,
substitute one of the jalapenos with a serrano.)
1 poblano chile
¼ cup cilantro, or to taste
1 fat clove garlic
approx. ¼ cup water
1 stalk scallion, minced
2 Tbsp. red onion, minced
lime juice from 1/2 lime
2 tsps. brown sugar
salt to taste
1 bag of tortilla chips
a big ol' crowd (makes about 2 cups salsa)
Rub tomatoes and chile in cooking oil. Roast tomatoes and chiles on a
foil-lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes at 450F (turn halfway
through cooking time), until blistered and lightly charred. Peel chiles
as best you can, and de-seed. Remove any stems that are on the
Toss half of the tomatillos, chile, garlic, cilantro and pumpkin seeds
in the blender along with 2 Tbsp. water and give it a good zizz. Add a
little more water if the mixture is too thick to easily blend.
chop the remaining tomatillos, and mince the scallion and red onion.
Combine the pureed tomatillo mixture with the scallion, chopped
tomatillo and onion; add
lime juice, brown sugar and salt to taste. If you find the salsa's too
thick, add a tablespoon or two more of water and give it a good stir.
Serve with chips.
this way please
lounge . nourish
host . laze
. home .