One of the pleasures of writing about food is getting a first taste of things that are just coming into season.
For example, we wait all year for flavorful Hatch chiles from New Mexico, and they arrive in August, only to be gone by mid- to late-September. Luckily, Melissa’s Produce throws a little Hatch tasting party and I get to sample the new season’s crop along with some new recipes.
Today I’ll share a simple Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich, because frankly, I couldn’t stop eating it at the party. I might have had three. And I might have wished I could justify two more. Melted cheesy goodness playing against lightly spicy Hatch in a crispy bread exterior…it just doesn’t get much better than that.
The recipe for the sandwich is in “Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook,” a charming cookbook chock full of 150 recipes that all use this popular green pepper in some form or another. I recommend it for you chile-heads.
Honey Mustard Pretzel Crunch  (click for the recipe)
Hatch Chile Pinwheels  (click for the recipe)
Six Bean Salad
Roasted Chile and Cheddar Tamales
Crab and Grilled Corn Chowder
And of course, the legendary Hatch Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Fire up the panini maker or a simple skillet, and let’s make lunch!
And stay with me just below the recipe, because I have a giveaway for five lucky readers!
“GET YOUR HATCH ON” GIVEAWAY!
I have a prize pack of…
- a copy of Melissa’s Hatch Chile Cookbook
- an 18-ounce bag of fresh Hatch chiles
- a jar of Hatch salsa
- a shaker of dried Hatch chile powder
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Good luck everyone,and may the Hatch be with you!
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Disclosure: Melissa’s Produce is providing and will ship the 5 prize packs.