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Chile - New Mexico Green

This is another classic all-purpose sauce that is basic to the cuisine of New Mexico. It has its roots in the southern part of the state where the bulk of the green chile is grown. This is a lightly flavored sauce with a pungency that ranges from medium to wild depending on the heat of the chiles. Pour the sauce over chiles rellenos, enchiladas, beans, or simply eat it from a bowl because it tastes so good.

This versatile sauce is basic to New Mexican cuisine. It’s at it’s best made with fresh green chile. Finely diced pork can be added but cook the sauce of an additional half hour. Use this sauce over enchiladas, burritos, eggs for breakfast, or the above chile rellenos. It will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator and freezes well.
These tender and flaky scones are best served warm from the oven. For entertaining, try cutting the scones out with Southwestern cookie cutters such as a saguaro cactus, a chile, or a cowboy boot.
I couldn’t put together a collection of fresh chile recipes without including my favorite--green chile stew. This has been a popular staple in northern New Mexico for hundreds of years, ever since the Spanish introduced domesticated pigs. In the late summer and early fall, when the crops come in and everyone starts roasting and putting up chiles for the coming year, I keep a pot of this stew simmering on the stove to fill and freeze in containers to enjoy during the cold winter months.

This recipe is courtesy of Harald Zoschke, who was trying to recreate a version of green chile stew he enjoyed at De La Vega's Pecan Grill Restaurant in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Note that due to the use of smoked pork, this recipe does not require searing the meat first, and it doesn’t use additional salt.

The article containing this recipe appeared on the Burn! Blog here.

These are very popular appetizers New Mexico and are served at just about every holiday party. A number of fillings can be used, but green chile cream cheese is by far the most favored. This is an all-purpose filling that goes well on crackers, as a dip with chips or vegetable crudities, as well as on tortillas. For those watching their fat intake, substitute light cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese. It is important to tightly roll and refrigerate the rolls or they won’t stay together after they are sliced..

Of course we have our own New Mexican version of pesto! It’s a topping for pasta but also can be added to soups, stews, and rice. Although we have specified cilantro in this recipes, you can use the traditional basil or even Italian parsley. Pecans, another New Mexican crop, can be substituted for the piñon nuts.

Before serving this cooked salsa, add 1 teaspoon cumin powder and stir in chopped cilantro. Serve as an all-purpose sauce with chips for a dip, with enchiladas or tacos, or as a relish or condiment with grilled meats, poultry, or fish.
Oh no, not a grilled tamale! But it works–if you can keep the corn husks from burning. And for that, be armed with a spray bottle filled with water. These tamales can be served as an entree or as a side dish. You can tie the tamales together with string or with a thin strip of corn husk. Serve with Mexican rice, squash with tomatoes and green chile, and flan for dessert.
This is one of our favorite ways of grilling steaks and we find ourselves using the basic recipe and altering it again and again. The combination of the different peppers and the chiles provide different spice and heat sensations in the mouth, and the green chile pulls all the tastes together. Serve this with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Leftover steak can be turned into a fabulous Southwest Steak Sandwich by thinly slicing it and adding it to sourdough bread with Muenster cheese and more chile.

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