Week 28, Recipe 5: Green Chile Sliders with Tangy Tomatillo-Lime Sauce

Recipe Courtesy of Rachael Ray
  • 2 large poblano chiles
  • 4 tomatillos, husks removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chile, chopped
  • 1/2 white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro or flat-leaf parsley leaves (a generous handful)
  • Grated peel plus juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (about 1/2 palmful)
  1. Preheat the broiler. Place the poblanos on a baking sheet and broil, turning, until blackened. Transfer to a bowl; cover. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Peel off the skins and remove the seeds; discard. Chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Using a food processor, mix the tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, lime peel, lime juice and honey until smooth; season with salt.
  3. In a large bowl, season the beef with the cumin, salt and pepper; combine. Mix in the poblanos. Halve the meat mixture and form each into four 3-inch patties.
  4. In a cast-iron skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Cook the patties, turning once, about 5 minutes for medium-rare. During the last minute of cooking, top with the cheese and tent with foil. Dot the roll tops with the tomatillo sauce and assemble the sliders. Serve with the extra sauce.

    Results: For some reason, this recipe didn't mention cheese in the ingredient list or specify which kind.  Since Rick Bayless usually suggests feta, I used it.  This was my first time roasting poblanos and my first time using tomatillos.  Both were delightful experiences.  I love tomatillo salsa and I'm pleased to learn it's so easy to make!  These burgers were AMAZING!!  Rashan and I had 2 each!  Lol.