Hatch Chile, Veggie & Goat Cheese Jalousie

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Sometimes I am sent something so unique it requires some creative thought to really do it justice. Hatch Chiles from New Mexico were just that. This year Melissa’s Produce sent me these scary green guys that send most people into a frenzy at this time of year. I am undeniably attracted to them, but afraid their heat will fry my tender insides.

Now I can embrace their heat because I’ve discovered the Mild Hatch chile. This chile has all the complex flavor yet none of the extreme firepower of their stronger cousins. Thank you Lord, (since I am a spicy chile wimp).

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Authentic Hatch Chiles are named after the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico a small town 85 miles north of El Paso, TX. It is said that the intense sunlight and cool nights in the valley result in a uniquely flavored chile, that I think when roasted tastes intensely smoky and edgy green.

Hatch Chili | She Paused 4 ThoughtThey’re in most grocery stores or you can order them online by CLICKING HERE. Don’t delay as they will be gone by mid September.

These distinctive peppers are the simplest to use, because once roasted they willingly shed their outerwear so they can be redressed in a variety of ways.

Some local grocery stores are roasting them in large barrels over fire in their parking lots. This is great if you don’t want to roast them yourself. For dates and locations of Hatch Chile Roasting’s for 2014 CLICK HERE

D.I.Y. roasted Hatch Chiles is simple. Lay them out on a baking sheet & broil for about 5 minutes per side.

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Place them in a paper bag for 20 minutes to sweat, then slip off the peel with your fingers.

Today’s Recipe:

I wanted to do something special with these chiles and thought I would give them a French twist. Why French?

Since the early 1500s, the French have been part of New Mexico’s culinary past and French ancestry is quite common there. Families with French ancestry abound in New Mexico. So today I am creating a new cuisine, I call it “Nouvelle Mexi-Nuevo French Fusion”. I expect this, by the way, to be the next culinary trend and buzzword.

The vegetables can be made in advance to help cut down on the time. Once your vegetables are cooked, mix them together with the cheese.

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Roll the pastry into a 12×14-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise to form two 6×14-inch rectangles. Place one of the dough rectangles onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Brush with beaten egg, pierce all over with a fork, and bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden and slightly risen.

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Lightly dust the remaining piece of puff pastry with flour and then gently fold it in half lengthwise; don’t crease the fold. Using a sharp knife, cut 1-1/2-inch-long slashes at 1-inch intervals along the folded side of the dough; leave at least a 1-inch border on the remaining three sides.

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Pile the filling onto the partly-cooked base leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the border with a little beaten egg and carefully lay the uncooked pastry, atop the filling on one side, then unfold it to completely cover the filling, pressing down the edges to seal. Glaze top with a little more egg and bake for 30-35 minutes until the pastry is golden, risen and cooked through.

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Watch this closely at the end as it can burn quickly.

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You will be rewarded with this impressive dish that is a wonderful main course for Meatless Monday or your vegetarian guests.

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Hatch Chile, Veggie & Goat Cheese Jalousie
Author: 
Recipe type: French inspired
 
This extraordinary dish is a perfect main for vegetarians or for Meatless Mondays. For the carnivores, serve it with roasted chicken or fish.
Ingredients
  • 4 mild (or hot) Hatch Green Chiles, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash, chopped into small chunks (12 ounces/340 grams)
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled and smashed
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) mushrooms, chopped
  • 4 ounces (114 grams) goat cheese, crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon ground Hatch Chile pepper (omit if you are using hot green chiles)
  • 1 sheet frozen packaged puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
For the Hatch Chiles:
  1. Position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches below the heating element of your broiler and preheat to high or 450°F. Arrange the Hatch Chiles in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Place the chiles under the broiler and roast until the skin is charred and blistered, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, flip the chiles over and broil on the other side until the skin is charred and blistered, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place chiles in a paper sack or plastic food-storage bag, close it tight and let the chiles steam for 20 minutes. Take the chiles out of the bag and rub off the skin. Remove seeds and stems and dice.
For the Butternut Squash:
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Toss the squash in a roasting pan with the garlic. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and season well. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft and starting to brown. Flip squash over after 15 minutes. Remove and squeeze the garlic out of its skin, mash and gently mix with the squash, set aside to cool.
  2. Heat remaining oil in a small pan and fry the onion until soft and lightly golden. Add the mushroom and fry for 3-4 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir in goat cheese, ground Hatch Chile pepper, Hatch Chiles, onions, mushrooms and squash. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.
For the Pastry:
  1. Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl, make an egg wash by beating one egg with 1 tablespoon of water.
  3. Unfold the puff pastry dough on a floured surface. With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12x14-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise to form two 6x14-inch rectangles. Place one of the dough rectangles onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg, pierce all over with a fork, and bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden and slightly risen. (Save the remaining egg wash.)
  4. Lightly dust the remaining piece of puff pastry with flour and then gently fold it in half lengthwise; don’t crease the fold. Using a sharp knife, cut 1-1/2-inch-long slashes at 1-inch intervals along the folded side of the dough; leave at least a 1-inch border on the remaining three sides.
To assemble the Jalousie:
  1. Pile the filling onto the partly-cooked base leaving a 1 inch border. Brush the border with a little beaten egg and carefully lay the uncooked pastry atop the filling on one side, then unfold it to completely cover the filling, pressing down the edges to seal. Glaze top with a little more egg and bake for 30- 35 minutes until the pastry is golden, risen and cooked through.
  2. Cut into slices and serve.
Notes
Serves: 6
Hatch Chiles and vegetables can be made a day in advance.
You can substitute Anaheim, Banana Wax or Poblano peppers if you don't have Hatch Chiles in your area.

If you need more Hatch Chile inspiration, there is a whole cookbook dedicated to this unique pepper. CLICK HERE to order.

Also check out my friend Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious‘ collection of Hatch Chile recipes.

I challenge you to leave your comfort zone and try these chiles, but you’ll have to hurry as their season ends in mid-September.

This year I stayed in my comfort zone with the mild Hatch Chiles; next year I just might try the hot variety. I figure I’ve got twelve months to wrap my head around that searingly spicy idea!
… and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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37 Responses to Hatch Chile, Veggie & Goat Cheese Jalousie

  1. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious August 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Oh MYYYY does that look good, for lunch, Meatless Monday or even how about a brunch dish? May I nominate you to bring that to the next blogger meeting? Thank you for linking to my Hatch Chile recipe collection. Hatch are such fun!

    • Cathy Arkle August 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      I would be happy to bring this to our next food blogger event. I am going to experiment with different vegetables as well. I am thinking about using beets with the goat cheese and hatch chiles.

  2. Mary@ California Greek Girl August 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hatch Chiles should be year around! This recipe can be a perfect brunch and party dish as well!
    Over the top Cathy- you did it again-love reading your blog.
    Mary

    • Cathy Arkle August 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Thanks Mary! Hatch chiles freeze really once they are roasted so you can make this dish year round. I am thinking this would be a great thanksgiving main dish for vegetarians. I am thinking this recipe would work with pumpkin as well.

  3. Valentina Kenney (@cookingweekends) August 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Cathy, this looks so delicious! The creamy goat cheese with the heat of the peppers, oh my! You should open a Nouvelle Mexi-Nuevo French Fusion restaurant! 🙂

    • Cathy Arkle August 25, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      LOL Valentina. I should, but I won’t.

  4. sippitysup August 25, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Ahh. So a Jalousie is a big pop tart! GREG

    • Cathy Arkle August 25, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      I never thought about it that way, but yes Greg!

  5. Christina Peters August 25, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    This looks super yummy. Thanks for all the How-To shots! You make this look so easy.

    • Cathy Arkle August 25, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks Christina. It is easy but, it is also a little time consuming.

  6. Kristi @ My SF Kitchen August 25, 2014 at 9:56 am #

    Haha, I love that little graphic!! So cute! This looks incredible, my husband would love it!

    • Cathy Arkle August 25, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Kristi give it a try. I think you could switch up the vegetables as well. It is a very versatile recipe.

  7. Fresh Food in a Flash August 25, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Loved the history lesson. As usual, everything you do is a work of art!

    • Cathy Arkle August 25, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      I love the history that goes with food. I am happy you enjoy it too. Thanks for the kind words, I work hard at making everything look good.

  8. Julie@Simply Mini Meals August 25, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I can’t wait to try this recipe Cathy. I’m a pepper wimp too, but this sounds absolutely delicious!!

    • Cathy Arkle August 26, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks Julie for stopping by. I do hope you try this recipe as I am quite excited about it.

  9. Leslie Macchiarella August 26, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I have accepted your hatch chile challenge and glad to know there is a mild child of this wild delight. Now I’m off to try this amazing Nouvelle Mexi-Nuevo French Fusion!

    • Cathy Arkle August 26, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Way to go Leslie! I find hatch chiles easier to roast and peel than bell peppers. I think you should try an apple-hatch chile cake, since you like a challenge! 🙂

  10. Nan August 26, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Looks amazing, you may have me convinced to try it. I’ve never used puff pastry…
    🙂

    • Cathy Arkle August 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      Puff pastry is much easier than phyllo dough. One sheet, easy. It is like working with pie crust. I hope you try it and let me know.

  11. Jennifer Farley August 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m not sure I’ve ever tried hatch chiles but I think I need to remedy that immediately.

    • Cathy Arkle August 27, 2014 at 9:55 am #

      Jennifer, they are super easy to roast. If you like the heat, get the hot ones. I think they will be your new August obsession.

  12. Lentil Breakdown August 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I still have some Hatch chiles in the freezer from two seasons ago and they’re still good! This looks so fab, even without the dough! I’m thinking about adding some black beans to the mixture and serving over quinoa. You’ve inspired me with this combo!

  13. Judith Hannemann September 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker ! I hope to see you there!
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  14. cheflouisemellor September 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    This just sounds so mouthwatering delicious!

    • Cathy Arkle September 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks Louise, it is delicious and it was fun to make. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Maureen September 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    “Nouvelle Mexi-Nuevo French Fusion”? I think I’m in love. i love chile but like you, I want to keep my lips where they belong instead of burnt off on the floor. Too bad I live so far from hatch availability. 🙂

    • Cathy Arkle September 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

      LOL Maureen you are so funny. I wish I could ship a box of hatch chiles to you, but I think the custom people will confiscate these bad boys.

  16. Ashley Matsko July 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you for mentioning Hatch Green Chile. We’d love to send you a box of our Hatch Green Chile as a thank you. If interested, please send me an email.

    • Cathy Arkle July 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

      Thanks Ashley, I do love hatch green chiles.

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