You bring me joy.
It is Hatch Chile season. Last night was my first foray into the greatness of the Hatch and I must say I am ashamed that I was not told about this neat little green pepper earlier. I have read about them for a couple years and did my studies (on my own time, MY OWN TIME) to figure out the proper way to cook these big little guys. This post might have a lot of consecutive contradictions. (This blog is not necessarily all about grammar). Here we go.
Do not confuse these peppers with Anaheim peppers like Smokehopper used in his Ranchburgers a couple posts back. The store last night had them right next to the Anaheims and a smart notsosmart Smokeador would have grabbed them. Luckily I am a smarter Smokeador. This is what they look like:
(Not my pic. Don't tell the site I took it from.)
It's imperative that you roast these bad boys on an open flame until you get a nice black char on the skin. I didn't take pics of the roasting process because I wasn't sure that this was going on the blogosphere. BUT, after you get a good char going put them in a big ziplock and immediately put them in the fridge so they can sweat. This really makes it easier to get the skin off (thanks Shag) and saves some time peeling.
(In the bag after the fridge)
It should be noted at this point that Smokehopper told me that I needed to take the seeds out. I didn't take the seed out and it ended up being kind of spicy and delicious. Next batch seeds will be removed and we will see what I like better. Probably going to be no seeds, but again, first foray into the Hatch Chile.
(Peeled and sliced for the blender)
I roasted about 6 last night and only used 4 for this chicken. Saved 2 for my eggs this morning and they were glorious. Anyway, after they were peeled I threw them in the blender with some olive oil and tried to blend it up into a nice paste. Long story short, I didn't have enough in there for it to blend properly and I ended up with mostly more chopped not chopped peppers in the blender. Poured them back on a cutting board and went to town with a large knife.
Had a nice bowl of fresh crushed peppercorns and crushed pink Hawaiian sea salt and mixed it all up into a nice salsa'y, pasty kind of substance.
(Peppers on top of salt and pepper)
(Mixed up real good not good)*
I had three chicken breasts that I halved and put on foil on a cookie sheet. This blog should not be about putting chicken on cookie sheets but I just made it that way. So it is now I guess. More to come on that.
(Salsa'y substance applied to chicken)
Left it alone in the oven for 45 minutes on 350 and checked periodically. Ovens. I know. I am not impressed either.
(Still on said cookie sheet)
(With a salad too because we all need our greens)
All said, this was a fantastic meal. I can't wait to dive in feet first into more uses for these awesome peppers. I have been experimenting with different kinds of chicken in the oven lately. Made a chipotle meco pepper baste a couple weeks ago that was fantastic as well. It is probably reasonably but not very ideal to make lots of chicken in the oven with various types of stuff on top of it. I still have a few of these peppers left and will probably buy more to maybe dry out for a brisket rub later in the year. I don't know if we'll have enough time. Anyway, it was good and you should all head to Pendery's to get some spices, and New Mexico for some Hatch Chile's and make some stuff. Good, old fashioned stuff.
Here are some tunes you need to check out too.
The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa
The Avett Brothers - Incomplete and Insecure
The Avett Brothers - The Perfect Space
Throw Me the Statue - Hi-Fi Goon
Girls - Hellhole Ratrace
Panda Bear - Bros
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's - Home
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's - Janglin
Patton Oswalt - Rats
Eels - That Look You Gave That Guy
All of Phoenix's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" Its great.
*Real good not good is henceforth a copyrighted term to only be used by El Smokeador y Smokehopper.