Halloween was adorable until the very moment when it no longer was, right around the time that the over-stimulation + anticipation + twice as much sugar as usually allowed turned my kids into defiant blubbering heaps of unhappiness on the ground, and cemented my commitment to sugar rationing for probably ever.
Meanwhile, I found that fully a third of the houses in out neighborhood had put out bowls of candy with signs so that both parents could walk the little dumplings around. I ran into one family as they were putting their bowl out and asked them about it. And the mom said, “Well how else would you do it?” Um, surely you don’t need me to explain to you that my kids also have a father, who happens to currently be at home handing out treats? I was a bit disappointed, frankly. Half the point of Halloween is actually seeing your neighbors, right? Can you imagine what Halloween would be reduced to if everyone just put out bowls?
Now, on to the Recipe!
It’s rare that I find a recipe that fills all of the following criteria:
- I have all the ingredients already in the house
- It uses a CSA ingredient that I am totally out of ideas for
- It comes together in 30 minutes or less
But that magic completely happened yesterday, and the results were absolutely wonderful. As in, it was so great that I may actually look for more tomatillos to make it again because I already want to have more. It is an odd recipe, but trust it, because it comes together extremely well.
- 1/2 lb fresh tomatillos, husks discarded and tomatillos rinsed
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro sprigs
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon mild honey
- 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo
- pork chops
Simmer tomatillos and 3 cups water in a 2 1/2- to 3-quart saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tomatillos are just soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and cool 15 minutes.
While tomatillos are cooling, core apples and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Purée tomatillos with remaining sauce ingredients except apples in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and stir in apples.
Grill pork chops and serve sauce over.