Hatch Chile Festival

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2005/08/03 11:03:18 (permalink)

Hatch Chile Festival

This is my first year living in the great state of New Mexico, and I was wondering if anyone else here has attended the Hatch Chile Festival? http://www.zianet.com/focus/places/hatch.htm For anyone who does not know about it, and will be vacationing in the area, this is the link. It looks like a Roadfood supreme experience, so I thought I would pass the word along here.
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/03 20:35:19 (permalink)
    Never been to the Hatch festival but Hatch is supposed to be the top-o-the-line chile.

    It's great that chile season is coming on because of the roasting - for those that don't know, most supermarkets - and other places - sell bags of fresh chile, then you take them out to the parking lot where they're roasted for you. All over the state there's the scent of roasting chile in the air in late August/early September.....sweeter than the flowers int he springtime!
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/04 17:18:49 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by NYNM

    Never been to the Hatch festival but Hatch is supposed to be the top-o-the-line chile.

    It's great that chile season is coming on because of the roasting - for those that don't know, most supermarkets - and other places - sell bags of fresh chile, then you take them out to the parking lot where they're roasted for you. All over the state there's the scent of roasting chile in the air in late August/early September.....sweeter than the flowers int he springtime!


    A lot of the supermarkets here in DFW roast Hatch Chiles out front as well. They are outstanding
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/06 00:02:23 (permalink)
    Speaking of NM chile, I just thought of another "brand" like Hatch. It's called Chimayo chile, from the village of Chimayo (between Santa Fe and Taos), also known as "Holy Chile". This is because Chimayo is also a famous pilgrimage site to their small church known for its "miraculous" dirt, said to perform miracles. So chile that grows in related soil is "holy". It does taste good, sells well at Santa Fe farmer's market, but I don't know of any miracles attributed to the chile (yet).
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/06 07:46:27 (permalink)
    My Santa Fe friend grew up in Chimayo and I get a steady supply of "holy chile" from his mom's place. I can't think of any miracles yet, but it sure tastes good, we keep some of it in a salt shaker at the dinner table all of the time. We were just there in June and after 28 years of yearly trips to Santa Fe had our first meal at Rancho de Chimayo. Lovely patios and good food.
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/07 15:06:17 (permalink)
    OK, lemme ask a stupid question here. What is the purpose of roasting chilies? And what do you do with them afterward? Is this to dry them? Make them easier to peel?

    I roast poblano and Anaheim chilies in order to peel them. I then put them in Ziploc bags with a bit of liquid (chicken broth) and freeze them for later use, mainly for green chili stew.

    BTW, I like Hatch chilies, but to me there is no difference between them and Anaheims.
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/07 20:43:34 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by olphart

    OK, lemme ask a stupid question here. What is the purpose of roasting chilies? And what do you do with them afterward? Is this to dry them? Make them easier to peel?

    I roast poblano and Anaheim chilies in order to peel them. I then put them in Ziploc bags with a bit of liquid (chicken broth) and freeze them for later use, mainly for green chili stew.

    BTW, I like Hatch chilies, but to me there is no difference between them and Anaheims.



    I do the same thing with Hatch, use them in recipes or freeze for later. Difference here(DFW area)certain Supermarkets set Roasters out front and Roast em for you. With Hatch you can get Mild or Hot not familiar with Aneheims and with buying Poblanos around here heat has always been a crap shoot.
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/09 19:50:37 (permalink)
    I bought a bunch of smallish poblanos at the Farmer's Market recently. Half of them had already turned red by the time I roasted them. We just made tortilla soup with them, and they are just a tad on the hot side.

    Now, where the heck did I put those Tums???
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/09 20:56:30 (permalink)
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    OK, lemme ask a stupid question here. What is the purpose of roasting chilies? And what do you do with them afterward? Is this to dry them? Make them easier to peel?

    Roasting them is just another way of cooking them to allow you to peel. You actually answered your own question.

    For convenience, I usually buy them already roasted from a local market. I can get them fresh; often they're still warm. However, I used to roast them over charcoal, and that adds flavor, of course.

    I adore these things.
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    RE: Hatch Chile Festival 2005/08/10 14:16:03 (permalink)
    Just bought my sack of Hatch at Albertsons' and had em roasted. How about this: take one warm one out, wrap in in a fesh tortailla, add a slice of cheese. Yuuuuum. First a sweet taste then a hot one. Mhmhm.
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