I didn't really know what to expect from a tomatillo. I assumed it would be somewhat akin to a tomato. In fact it's crisp and tart, and to my surprise was something you could arguably eat on its own. Chipotle is one of my all time favorite ingredients because it's easy to have on hand and goes great with so many dishes. In this case, you just mix some pork, chipotle, garlic and salt, and you have yourself a damn tasty burger.
I like to avoid bread when I can, so I placed the burger on top of a Creamy Cilantro-Lime Slaw instead. The lime, chipotle and tomatillo were a heavenly balance of spicy, smoky, tart, acid and creaminess. What more could you ask for? Even better this whole dish was a cinch to throw together and made for very satisfying eating when served up with some avocado and corn. Yum!
Gourmet June 2009
by Andrea Albin