Hatch Chile Season 2013

roasted hatch chiles |dailywaffle

The back to school stuff is going in Target, heralding the end of the summer.  Soon enough it’ll be time for backpacks and lunchboxes and binders, but before we give ourselves over to  F-A-L-L, it’s time to worship at the altar of the Hatch chile. Last summer I froze 25 pounds worth and it looks like I was pretty stingy in doling out the chiles over the year since  I still have several bags in the freezer. But there’s nothing like fresh roasted, and stores across the country are already breaking out their roasters with events starting this weekend.

hatch popovers with a bowl of red |dailywaffle

Whether you pick mild, medium or hot, once you’ve got a couple of pounds (or 25), you’ll need some ideas.  And when it comes to Hatch chiles, I return again and again to a few favorites — Hatch Chile Mac n Cheese, Chicken Enchilada Casserole and these Hatch Chile popovers, which just may kick your old cornbread to the curb.

I’ll update this post with new roasting events as information becomes available. You can also check out this Pinterest board for fresh ideas as we roll into Hatch chile season.

ROASTING EVENTS (Updated: 9/2/13)
Melissa’s Produce Roasting Events(AZ, So. CA, NV, IL, KS, MD, NE, OH, VA)

Albertson’s (Los Angeles-area & Las Vegas)

Bristol Farms Hatch Chile Roasting (Los Angeles area, starts August 17)

Frieda’s Produce Roasting Events (OH, CA, IL, IN, MI, NY, MO, PA, TN)

Gelson’s (select Los Angeles & Orange County locations, starts August 10)

Whole Foods Market (Bellevue, WA; August 10)

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  • Kate
    August 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Just curious-do you roast them before freezing ? My local market just received a batch and I can’t wait to get on this bandwagon! Thanks, Kate

    • Michelle
      August 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Kate – Yep, I definitely roast before freezing. Can’t wait to see what you make with them! Please report back! 🙂

  • miss mochi
    August 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    One side of my family hails from New Mexico, so Hatch Chile Season is basically like Christmas-come-early season 😀

    Last year I made pretty traditional stacked enchiladas, but went wild with pepper jelly made from hatch chiles, and an apricot/hatch chile jelly to give away to relatives.

    I love that you have a pinterest board dedicated to just hatch chiles!

    • Michelle
      August 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Oooh, apricot/hatch chile jelly! Might have to add that to this year’s list…I was just going to try a standard chile jam/jelly once we really start seeing them up here in Seattle. If you’ve got other hatch recipes you love, let me know!

  • Laura Kleinhofs
    August 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Inspiring! I must admit, I’ve never cooked them before, but after seeing these awesome recipes I might pick some up next time I’m at the Farmer’s Market!

    • Michelle
      August 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Laura – Definitely give them a try, although I have to warn you, they quickly become an addiction since you can only get them for so short a time! 🙂

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