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.

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
 
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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!

 

Sweet 'n' Sticky Babyback Ribs | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Sweet ‘n’ Sticky Baby Back Ribs

 

Red Cooked Oxtails

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Slow Cooker Caribbean Oxtails
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Caribbean Oxtails

 

 

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Southern Style Macaroni and Cheese

 

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

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Fennel

 

Avocado and Potato Salad with Hatch Chile Vinaigrette | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Avocado and Potato Salad with Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing

 

Lemon Glazed Pound Cake
Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

 

Chocolate Ale Layer Cake
Chocolate Ale Layer Cake

 

Chocolate Ale Layer Cake

 

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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Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt is actually the ingredient list. Brown sugar + vanilla + yogurt = creamy and tangy goodness.

As I am writing this the temperature outside is nearing 110°, and my entire duct system, furnace and air conditioner are being replaced. Considering the old Day and Night system was new when my parents bought this house 50 years ago, that is a pretty good run for a major appliance!

But, while everything is being installed, we have no AC during a brutal heat wave in the Western states. So, I decided I needed a cold treat for these hot days.

The yogurt I used was a full fat goat milk yogurt, but that can easily be substituted with a lower fat cow or sheep milk yogurt. Just make sure it is plain yogurt with nothing added, just pure yogurt. No sugar, no coloring, no cornstarch, no carrageenan, just pure yogurt.

 

Brown Sugar-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
 
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Serves: 1 quart
Ingredients
  • 1 quart plain yogurt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer of your ice cream maker for preparing to freeze ice cream.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, brown sugar and vanilla until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture into your prepared ice cream maker, and freeze until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Place yogurt into a sealed container and place into freezer until ready to use.

 

Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts and Currants

Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts and Currants I’ve been teaching cooking classes at the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, and recently we did a series on Italian regional cooking. One of the recipes that made an impression on me was a Tuscan Pine Nut Cake. Very moist and flavorful, this was the kind of cake to serve not just after a meal, but with a cup of tea in the afternoon, or with a glass of champagne for brunch. A simple cake, but it has a lot possibilities.

Being a chef and recipe developer, I couldn’t just be happy with that recipe.  I made the cake again, but tweaked it here and there, and then went back and tweaked it again.

This is my version of the Tuscan Pine Nut Cake, not quite original, but so, so good.

 

Olive Oil Cake with Pine Nuts and Currants

Pine Nut Cake
 
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Serves: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • ½ cup moscato wine
  • ⅔ cup turbinado or raw sugar
  • ⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
Instructions
  1. The night before you plan to make the cake place the currants and wine into a small bowl and cover.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F.
  3. Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan or 9 inch springform pan.
  4. In a mixer with the whip attachment on medium high speed, whip the turbinado and brown sugars, eggs and egg white about 5 minutes, or until doubled in volume.
  5. Lower the speed, add the olive oil, vanilla and almond extracts and salt, mix until just combined.
  6. Remove the currants from the wine, and add to the batter along with the flour and ⅔ of the pine nuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining pine nuts on top.
  8. Bake the cake 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool cake completely before serving.