Laura Makes
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It’s hatch green chile time!

Here in Austin, the grocery stores get excited each year at this time for hatch green chiles to arrive from Hatch, New Mexico. I have no idea if this is a thing in other parts of the country or not.  The grocery stores offer both fresh and roasted hatch chiles and a variety of other hatch flavored foods.  Chuy’s even makes a special menu that we always go check out.

For dinner this week, I decided I wanted to make something with hatch chiles for the first time in my 9 years in Austin. I decided on a play off of chicken salad that uses tofu instead. I combined extra firm tofu, patted dry, with diced red onion, roasted hatch chiles, sunflower seeds, and mayo.  We ate the tofu salad as an open faced sandwich on a slice of sourdough bread topped with a slice of heirloom tomato.  Man, did they turn out spicy! I used 6 roasted chiles, 3 of them mild and 3 hot.  On the side, I made roasted cauliflower tossed with olive oil and rosemary from our garden. It’s really the only thing left alive.

I decided that while the 110 degree air outside probably could roast the cauliflower and chiles, it most likely would take too long.  Instead, I fired up the grill and roasted them myself.

Cauliflower and chiles, ready to roast:

After roasting:

I then had to remove the skins from the chiles because they are quite crisp. Luckily my husband mentioned that because I was ready to leave them on.

Tofu, onion (at the bottom) and the chiles ready to go:

Mixed with mayo and sunflower seeds:

Served open-faced with a slice of heirloom tomato:

All in all, a quite tasty sandwich. Sometimes I feel that food made with hatch green chiles isn’t all that exciting. However, I definitely enjoyed this sandwich, especially after my mouth stopped burning.

Permalink | 2 notes | August 8, 2011 | #sandwich | #dinner | #recipe | #hatch chiles | #cauliflower | #tofu | #roasting | #yum | #spicy 
I’m trying to make some spicy vodka by infusing it with a few peppers from our garden and peppercorns. I had one bigger red pepper (we can’t remember the variety) to use and some tiny little thai peppers that pack quite a spicy punch. I don’t think I used enough peppers though. This time I used a bottle with a filter built in to the top so the straining should be easy. Can’t wait for some super spicy bloody marys! I make them spicy to begin with :)

I’m trying to make some spicy vodka by infusing it with a few peppers from our garden and peppercorns. I had one bigger red pepper (we can’t remember the variety) to use and some tiny little thai peppers that pack quite a spicy punch. I don’t think I used enough peppers though. This time I used a bottle with a filter built in to the top so the straining should be easy. Can’t wait for some super spicy bloody marys! I make them spicy to begin with :)

Permalink | 74 notes | June 6, 2011 | #Vodka | #spicy | #infusions | #peppers | #garden | #drinks