Wow! That sounds amazing! I bet the smell is heavenly when they are being roasted. Lucky you!Babalou said:I am going to beg forgiveness for going off track today, and forgive me again if you already know all this, but it is chile (not chili) roasting season in New Mexico. MAJOR happy dance time.
Hatch green chile is revered here. It is grown in the Hatch Valley in southern NM. It is NM's state vegetable and when dining out, you are typically asked "red" or "green" with red usually the hotter on the Scoville scale. Many of us order ours Christmas style which is a mix of red and green.
You can buy it fresh or have it roasted. It gets this wonderful smoky flavor and the aroma is heavenly. Many grocery stores have boxes upon boxes, about 20-30#, that you can buy, carry it outside the store and wait in line to have your box of chiles tossed in a huge roaster that is fired by propane and roasts the chilies while it rotates. By the way, it is about $18 a box. Huge bargain for something that will last all year in the freezer.
I like to keep a few fresh to roast in the house to get the heavenly scent. You'll see them in a picture on a little indoor grill I have.
We then bag and freeze it to use during the year.
When we had a houseboat years ago in Oklahoma, we would bring home a gunny sack of fresh chiles from NM and have a roasting party on the lake using the gas grill on the back of the boat. The only requirement was to bring plastic bags, rubber gloves and beer. A little food, too. Then we would float on the lake all day roasting and bagging chiles. Ah, memories.
Here are a few pictures.