I can only imagine what Hatch, New Mexico must be like this time of year. I love driving up to the grocery store and the entire parking lot smells of roasting chile peppers. We had already bought 20 or 25 pounds of hot peppers. Once upon a time, I thought they only came in the non-hot variety but this year, we had a choice of mild, hot and extra hot. We chose hot and I can tell you this . . if those are hot, I don’t ever want to taste extra hot!
This past weekend we were at United and decided to get 25 pounds of mild peppers. I think they’re only roasting them in the parking lot for the month of August but I could be wrong. So, we got our peppers and they are so good. From now on, I’m getting the mild ones. I’ve already told Vince IF/WHEN we move away, we’re coming back to Texas for roasted Hatch chile peppers! Whether we will or not . . who knows! By the time we move away from here, neither of us will probably remember chile peppers.
Anyway . . everything in the grocery store has Hatch peppers. There’s pound cake with Hatch peppers. We had that last year and I wasn’t so impressed. There’s chicken roasted with Hatch peppers, Hatch pepper/bacon mac & cheese (I like my chile pepper mac & cheese better). There are Hatch chile pepper bagels. This past weekend they were giving out tastes of this:
Vince was still out in the parking lot taking care of our pepper order and I tried it and it was so delicious. Vince came in and I said “You have to try this!” and he said “It doesn’t sound good to me!” Since I already had that pie in a box in my cart, I was thanking the good Lord! A whole pie to myself because he wasn’t going to like it!
The the lady handing out the samples, bless her heart, she talked him into trying it.
Vince: This is good!
Me: Told you!
Vince: Let’s buy one.
Me: I have on in the cart already.
Vince: Let’s buy two!
We were going to our friends’ house that night so I took the pie. They said they liked it.
It was really surprising how biting into that bit of spicy pepper, along with the sweet apple pie filling, was just a burst of amazing flavor.
Something to look forward to in August . . when the heat in Texas is just about to kill us . . we can be happy that Hatch chiles will be available, along with all the exciting things the folks make with them.