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Fresh Hatch Chiles in Vancouver!

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eatrustic Aug 25, 2011 01:02 AM

I've always wondered what the famous (at least to me) Hatch chiles are like ever since I read about Green Chile Cheeseburgers in Santa Fe and I've been jonesing for one since.

Hatch Chiles are a semi-hot New Mexico green chile (Anaheim style) grown in (of course) Hatch, New Mexico. Although I'm sure there's a certain amount of marketing hype just the photos of rotating cages of chiles slowly fire roasting had me salivating and when I walked into Whole Foods today and saw piles of fresh Hatch Chiles for sale I had to buy a bunch to take home and make my own Chile Cheese Burgers.

Over the years I've found frozen Hatch Chiles when I traveled in the U.S. but they're always kind of soggy and lacking in flavour so I was stoked to find the real thing here in a fresh version!

I got home and immediately turned on my trusty Weber Q and roasted the peppers followed by throwing a couple of burgers on. I skinned and seeded the peppers (very easy as the skin just falls off), coarse chopped them and threw them into a pan with some fried onions. Hatch Chiles come in a number of varieties and can range from mild to quite spicy so I rolled the dice and didn't try them until I put the burgers together with classic cheddar.

The result? A good cheeseburger with a mild to medium amount of heat. I was hoping for some serious bite so next time I'll leave the seeds in when I chop them up. In order to get the full effect I'd put in two medium size peppers per burger as they cook down on the grill.
For now I've saved myself the price of a ticket to New Mexico as I seriously thought about checking out the Hatch Chile Festival which is coming up soon.

Next up: Chocolate chile cookies and/or brownies! I tried the brownies once with frozen chiles and they were disgusting so this'll be the final test.

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    vandan Aug 25, 2011 06:28 PM

    which WF and do you remember what they were selling for ??

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      ume Aug 26, 2011 12:07 AM

      i found them at the Cambie location but can't remember the price...it is not too expensive from what I can recall. I often don't look twice at the chili section at Whole Foods but was surprised at their varieties; I will definitely be roasting some of the other peppers there in the near future.

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        Luna2372 Aug 26, 2011 12:10 AM

        This sounded so good I'm now having to eat something! And take out ground beef for burgers tomorrow. Will have to do with a blend of red and jalepeno tho!

        thanks for the friday grill inspiration.

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          eatrustic Aug 30, 2011 08:16 PM

          Went back for a second batch a couple of days ago and they were on sale at WF Cambie for $1.49 lb. (reg $1.99). This time I made chicken burgers and when I roasted the chiles I left all the seeds in after skinning - that amped up the heat to a very pleasant kick. Not smokin' hot but just fine for what I needed.

          Also, this Saturday, Sept 3 Capers on W. 4th will be sampling fresh roasted Hatch Chiles between 2 - 4. They have signage up explaining the history of them as well.

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            Quattrociocchi Aug 30, 2011 08:36 PM

            I went yesterday and bought a couple of pounds - $1.79/lb. iirc. Roasted them up today - found they had a good kick of heat! no need to add a hotter peppers. Made a breakfast scramble - eggs, cheese, crispy bacon, homemade shredded hash browns and a chile/onion/'garlic mixture, wrapped in a flour tortilla (from Allrecipes). Quite yummy, but had to use just about every pan in the house. Doing dishes for 2 hours makes me grumpy!

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      ume Aug 25, 2011 11:39 AM

      I myself have wanted to replicate a green chile cheeseburger after watching it on TV - but didn't know where to find the specific chiles in Vancouver. Thanks for the tip, I am excited to try it out this weekend.

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