I get home Tuesday night to a big Fed-Ex box waiting at my doorstep. Immediately I act like it’s Christmas, I tell Mando “Grab some scissors so I could pop this box open.” I spy to see the return address is Melissa’s Produce, this sets excitement to my creative mood. Pulling the flap up to the box a crowd of HATCH CHILES reveal themselves. I see the chiles have decided to group into cliques labeled “HOT” and “MILD”…. Who do I want to enjoy first? I know, I will test the waters with the mild chiles initially and work my tolerance up to the hot…. Sounds like a plan. Here’s what happened next: Brainstorming, market run, roasting chiles over an open flame, and peeling all the charred skin away. Corn bread strata is what I came up with for the mild hatch chiles, wait a couple of days and I’ll deliver what kind of dance the hot hatch chiles did for me! Thank you again Melissa’s Produce!
All photos taken by: Nicole Presley
Ingredients for hatch chile corn bread:
3/4 – cup milk
1 – cup grilled corn
1/2 -cup melted butter
2 – beaten eggs
3/4 – cup mild hatch chile (roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped) (about 3 chiles)
1 1/2 – cups yellow cornmeal plus 1/4 cup
1/4 – cup flour
1 – teaspoon baking powder
1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
1 – teaspoon sugar
1 -teaspoon salt
1 – cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
First start by roasting hatch chiles over an open flame. Then once skin is charred place in a ziplock bag and let steam for an hour. Remove from bag, and peel off charred skin under a slow stream of water. Then remove stem and seeds from chile. Lastly cut into long strips then chop into small pieces.
Next take your grilled corn on the cob and remove kernels.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Then take a 9×13 metal cake pan and grease with butter and shake with 1/4 cup of cornmeal. This will ensure your corn bread does not stick.
In a mixing bowl add milk, grilled corn, butter, eggs, and mild hatch chiles. Mix well.
Pour into prepared metal cake pan, and spread evenly. Then top with 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes. Corn bread is done!
Ingredients for strata:
1 – pan of hatch chile corn bread
1 – cup grilled corn
4 – mild hatch chiles (roasted, peeled, seeded, and butterflied)
5 – ounces artichoke hearts (chopped)
1/2 – cup pepitas
2 – cups grated jack cheese
1/2 – cup chopped green onion
1/2 – tablespoon dried chili flakes
1 – teaspoon black pepper
1 – teaspoon Lawry’s
2 – cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 – tablespoon spicy brown mustard
8 – eggs
1 – cup milk
1 – cup 1/2 & 1/2
Butter a 9×13 glass baking dish. Then take corn bread and cut into small pieces. Then line glass baking dish with corn bread pieces. Make sure to leave 1/8 of corn bread behind for a later use.
Then sprinkle with grilled corn.
Then add butterflied mild hatch chiles to the next layer.
Now add the artichoke hearts and pepitas.
Now for the jack cheese, chopped green onion, dried chili flakes, black pepper, and Lawry’s.
In a bowl beat mustard, eggs, milk, and 1/2 & 1/2. Then pour mixture over the top of the strata. It should look like this from the side.
Now cover the strata and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours or over night. This is the hard part. Waiting.
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Bake strata for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean!
Enjoy! Serve for breakfast with some sausage on the side or with a side of black beans and sour cream. I’ll take both.
No compensation was received for this post. I was provided with a sample of Melissa’s Produce hatch chiles to aid this recipe. The recipe and opinions are my own.