OK, so I maybe bought a little much, but we'll use it all.
I'm talking Hatch Chiles from New Mexico.
I was in the 'big' city and decided to check out a 'new to me' market.
As I drove up to it, there was a huge sign in the window. Hatch Chile Day was going to be held on Saturday. Well, it was Friday when I saw the sign, and there was no way I was going to drive 60 miles just to attend a Hatch Chile Day, the next day.
I went in the store figuring that if they were having this extravaganza the following day, that they would probably have a few chiles in stock.
I bought a bunch. I would have bought more than I did, but I knew I had limited space in my freezer, so I only purchased just over 8 lbs.
Which is enough for a few meals for us.
Guess what we're having for dinner tonight.
At any rate, it's been a long time since I've had such a gracious plenty of peppers, the three Anaheim pepper plants I planted this year have yielded very little. I think I've picked 5 peppers so far, really pitiful.
The Chiles' I bought yesterday are huge, I mean really big, three of them will be more than enough for a dinner for the two of us.
My mouth is watering as I type this.
So I got out my trusty camp stove, hooked it up and proceeded to char the skin on all those chiles.
What a job.
After charring, I put the chiles into a ziploc bag, so they can 'sweat'. It makes it a whole bunch easier to remove the skin if you do that.
These Chiles are ready for step two, which is to be made into Chile Relleno's with Cheese.
I'll go through the steps later on.
I need to go and put the rest of the chiles in the freezer for future meals.
And here's a tip. Go ahead and freeze the chiles as is, charred skin, seeds and all in a single layer. After freezing, stick them into a ziploc bag, as many as you'll eat for a meal, and when you're ready to use them, take them out of the freezer and run them under some warm water for just a second or so, and the charred skin will wipe right off. You might still have a few pesky hanger ons, but the most of it, just wipes away. You can then cut the ends off, and pull the seeds right out.
Gotta go make dinner now, but wanted to let you know what I was up to.