Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

 

When it comes to soups, I love mine chunky. Sure, a velvety Potato Leek Soup, or a Spicy Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup have their place, and are welcome on my dinner table. But I do love a soup with pieces of meat and vegetable floating around in the bowl, like this Hatch Chile Meatball Soup.

My last post was a recipe for a Hatch chile infused chicken stock, which was made specifically for this soup. Fresh Hatch chiles were used to flavor the stock with a slightly spicy and herbal note, and the meatballs use Hatch chile powder for another layer of flavor.

This meatball recipe makes more than you will need for this soup, but they are really tasty on their own. I cooked up some of the batch in BBQ sauce, and baking or sautéing them in bacon fat is also a great way to cook them.  I mean, really, anything sautéed in bacon fat is wonderful.

Hatch Chile Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons mild Hatch chile powder

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, using clean hands, mix together all the ingredients until combined well.

  2. Using your hands, roll the seasoned meat into golf ball sized meatballs.

  3. Cover and refrigerate the meatballs until ready to use.

 

Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Hatch chile chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 12 Hatch chile meatballs
  • 1/2 pound pee wee Dutch yellow potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 pound baby zucchini stem end trimmed
  • juice of one lime

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, bring the stock and water to a boil.

  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then add the meatballs.

  3. Cook the meatballs for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the potatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, and paprika. Simmer for 10 minutes 

  5. Add the zucchini, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

  6. When ready to serve, stir in the fresh lime juice.

Hatch Chile Chicken Stock

Hatch Chile Chicken Stock

 

Sadly, another Hatch Chile season is almost at a close. Hopefully you got your case of Hatch chiles, and had them roasted for you at one of the Melissa’s Produce Hatch Chile Roasting events near you. There are still a couple of events coming up, in case you missed one. This recipe for Hatch Chile Chicken Stock actually calls for fresh Hatch chiles, which you can still find in supermarkets.

Usually a chicken stock is made to be a neutral base, with the essence of chicken being what you taste. That way the stock can be used for sauces, soups, stews or whatever you needed it for. If you already know what recipe you intend to use your stock in, you can layer the flavors of the recipe into your stock base.

Here are a few basic stock additions to consider:

Ginger, lemongrass – Asian dishes

Cilantro, coriander, cumin – Mexican dishes

Cardamom, clove, cinnamon – Indian dishes

Also consider fresh herbs and dried chiles as additions to your stocks for a maximum flavor boost.

I made this stock in my slow cooker, which I do if I am making a smaller amount of stock. When I make my post Thanksgiving turkey carcass stock, I use my 16 quart stockpot and cook it overnight. For this stock, I used a few chicken carcasses I had in the freezer, and cooked it for 24 hours in my 8 quart slow cooker.

If you like to roast chickens or buy quality roasted chicken from your market, save the carcasses after you eat the meat. Pop the bones into a resealable plastic bag, and freeze them. When you have 2-3 frozen, you can make a pot of stock.  If you have any chicken  or turkey necks, throw those in too!

Classic chicken stock is made from raw bones, but you can make a really good stock using roasted chicken bones.

Once your stock is made, if you do not need to use all of it, pour the cooled stock into resealable plastic bags and lay them flat on a sheet pan. Place the sheet pan into the freezer until the stock is frozen. Remove the sheet pan from the freezer, leaving the bags of stock. The flat bags of stock take up less space in the freezer.

Hatch Chile Chicken Stock

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 quarts

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken carcasses
  • 4 mild or medium Hatch Chiles seeded, cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 carrots washed and quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 quarts cold water

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken carcasses into a large (8 quart)  slow cooker.

  2. Place the Hatch chiles, onion, carrots, bay leaf and thyme into the slow cooker, tucking ingredients around and on top of carcasses.

  3. Pour the water over the ingredients, adding more if needed to bring the level to the top of the slow cooker.

  4. Set the slow cooker to low, and the timer to 24 hours.

  5. When stock is done, strain the stock into a large bowl or pot through a double layer of cheesecloth.

  6. Place the bowl into an ice bath to cool the stock quickly, then refrigerate until completely cool. 

  7. Remove and discard any fat that has solidified on the surface. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

  8. Use or freeze stock within 2-3 days.

Vegan 3 Ingredient No Churn Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Vegan 3 Ingredient Coconut Milk Ice Cream

 

 

Only three ingredients? And it is vegan? And you don’t need an ice cream maker? And it actually tastes really, really good?

Yes. This Vegan 3 Ingredient No Churn Coconut Milk Ice Cream is fabulous!

Mix it. Freeze it. Eat it.

This recipe came into existence because of two things. First, I wanted something a little sweet but didn’t want to break out any kind of electrical appliance. Second, I had just been to a lovely luncheon at Melissa’s Produce that featured a demo and menu from Chef Yvonne Ardestani of My Eclectic Kitchen.

Chef  Yvonne develops vegan and gluten free recipes, which even this confirmed carnivore likes. I met Chef Yvonne a year or so ago at another Melissa’s Produce event, and immediately liked her, as she is very warm and personable. No creepy, fake personality and she doesn’t make you feel bad for not being a vegan. Living in Los Angeles you meet a lot of folks who think their chosen lifestyle is THE ONLY LIFESTYLE ANYONE SHOULD HAVE , and then look down their noses at you if you do not adapt said lifestyle. But not Chef Yvonne, though she will tell you of the health benefits and what it has done for both her husband and herself. Now that, I can relate to.

Though a vegan lifestyle will never be one for me, but I have been eating more meat free dishes, mainly for health reasons.  I am using Chef Yvonne’s My Eclectic Kitchen App (which is available for IOS and Android) for plant based recipe inspiration. At the luncheon I was able to sample vegan cheese, meatloaf and some quinoa meatballs that will be made in  my kitchen very soon.

For my sweet treat, instead of pulling out the heavy cream, I pulled out some cans of coconut milk, a vanilla bean and raw sugar to make this easy frozen dessert.

 

Vegan 3 Ingredient Coconut Milk Ice Cream

 

Vegan 3 Ingredient No Churn Coconut Milk Ice Cream
 
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Serves: about 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cans (13.5 ounce) full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
Instructions
  1. Pour the coconut milk and sugar into a medium bowl.
  2. With a sharp knife, split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into milk. Add the vanilla pod also.
  3. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Refrigerate the mixture for 3 hours to overnight to let the flavors develop.
  5. Remove the vanilla pod from the mixture.
  6. Whisk the mixture to evenly distribute the vanilla seeds, and to add some air to the mixture.
  7. Pour into a large loaf pan and place into the freezer.
  8. After about an hour, stir the mixture.
  9. Return it to the freezer until frozen solid.
Notes
You may substitute the vanilla bean with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

 

Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Its certainly not because of the triple digit heat or the annual brush fires burning out of control in Southern California.

It is because Hatch Chile season is just around the corner!

Yes, I love Hatch Chile season, because I love chile peppers in all forms. I grow three different kinds of chiles in my little organic garden: Poblano, Shishito and Habanero. I can’t grow Hatch chiles, because they are unique to New Mexico, where they get their one of a kind flavor.

But it is OK that I can’t grow my own, because every year, thanks to Melissa’s Produce, I can go to a local supermarket and get freshly roasted Hatch Chiles by the case! Then all I have to do is clean, pack and freeze them for a years worth of deliciousness.

In fact, you can probably find a Hatch Chile roasting near you! Click here for a listing of chile roasting events all over the country.

Recently, my friend and fellow food blogger Erika Kerekes introduced another flavor in her line of sauces Not Ketchup. With no added sugar, Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup is a great sauce to have in your pantry. Sweetened with only fruit, the addition of Hatch Chile powder adds a lovely and balanced kick to this sauce.

Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup

Tomato season is in full swing, and you can find sweet and juicy tomatoes at your local farmer’s markets, or even your own garden. The minute I tasted Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup I knew the spicy sweetness would compliment summer tomatoes. So I made a fat free vinaigrette, and added a little extra zing with some ground Hatch chile powder.

I suggest serving this Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette with the dressing and seasoning salt on the side. I used Hawaiian black sea salt, but any sea salt will be delicious. I recommend sea salt because of its clean flavor, which will enhance the flavor of the vegetables.

Summer Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Don’t hesitate to use this dressing on other vegetables, salad greens or to dress chicken or tuna salad. It is a wonderful way to add flavor without adding extra fat.

 

Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad with Tangerine Hatch Chile Vinaigrette
 
Prep time
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Serves: ½ cup
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon raw sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon lightly chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • ⅛ teaspoon mild Hatch chile powder
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

 

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Birthday Feasting

Yesterday was my birthday, and I actually made and ate one of my favorite recipes on my blog  Sweet ‘n’ Sticky Baby Back Ribs.

I started thinking of what other things I would eat for a birthday feast, and came up with a menu for my birthday. Mind you, I didn’t actually make all of these things, just the ribs. But I am going to be ready for next year!

 

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Caribbean Oxtails

 

 

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Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese

 

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Fennel | Black Girl Chef's Whites

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Avocado and Potato Salad with Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

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Chocolate Ale Layer Cake
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Yes, that does see like a lot of food, but your birthday is only once a year. It’s my party and I’ll eat if I want to!

 

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