The 19th annual Hatch Green Chile Fest is underway at Central Market now through Aug. 19.
That’s a generous amount of time to pick up on these flavorful green chiles from New Mexico — and also check out products that Central Market is producing using the chiles in products from the expected (salsas, roast whole chiles) to the unexpected (brownies, cupcakes and baguettes.)
We picked up our first bag of fresh chiles for roasting Wednesday and the huge piles of these handsome green treasures wafted their fragrance throughout the entrance to the produce section.
The prices are right — 68 cents a pound for the fresh chiles, and you have a choice of mild or hot. We got some of both to mix it up into a homemade green chile sauce that has just enough burn.
What do you do with a green chile baguette? We sliced ours, made a little roasted green chile mayonnaise and then piled on sliced tomato, avocado, sliced chicken and jack cheese. Or, you might pick up some of the market’s green chile sausages, grill them, then tuck them into a crisped baguette.
I grew up in Southern Arizona and also like the norteño style of chile relleno, which is filled with cheese, rolled in cracker crumbs and fried, rather than dipped in egg batter and deep-fried. But, guess what? Both versions are good — instead of the usual poblano chile, try the Hatch (also called Anaheim chile) version of the local style of chile relleno and a good picadillo filling.
Here’s the link to Central Market’s main festival page where you get the lowdown on roasting, links to recipes and more. Below are suggestions and links to recipes as well.
• Roll up a few strips of roasted and peeled green chiles into an omelet with your favorite cheese. Then pour some more green chile salsa over the top.
• Make your own green chile enchilada sauce.
• If you love a great Pork Green Chile stew, here’s our time-tested recipe! It’s great to eat out of a bowl with some flour tortillas, or wrapped up in that tortilla and eaten as a burrito.
• Check out Central Market’s recipe for Hatch Green Chile Pie
• Chef Janos Wilder, of Tucson, Ariz., created this rich Green Chile Crab Casserole. Here’s his recipe.