Aug 19
2015

Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread—Celebrating Harmons Chile Roast

in Bread, Fruits & Vegetables

Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread

I’ve recently had friends that live in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, rubbing in my face the fact that they’ve got Hatch chile roastings all over the place where they live.  Not fair!  Thankfully I was alerted to the fact that I was not out of luck.  Harmons Grocery, a local grocery chain here that I love and am a blogger for, sent me an email letting me know that they would be celebrating chile season and would be roasting fresh Hatch chiles over the course of several weeks and asked if I’d be interested in covering the celebration.  I didn’t have to think twice.  So last Saturday Bug and I drove to our Harmons for the soft launch of the celebration.  (I put a short video of our visit on Instagram if you’re interested!)

Bug was fascinated by the pallet piled high with bushels of fresh Hatch chiles.  We both watched as the fresh chiles went into the roaster and emerged blistered and blackened.  Not only was it fun to watch the process, but the smell was incredible.

Checking out the Hatch chile roast at

They also had a food area set up where they were serving up a variety of chile dishes made by Harmons chefs.  Bug and I bought a variety of things to try.  We started with a fresh grape chile salsa with freshly made chips.  Then we moved on to a beautiful green bean and pepper salad, pork chile verde, and a stuffed Hatch chile.

Fresh grape chile salsa

Food from Harmons Chile Roast Celebration

Before we left we bought a bushel of roasted medium-heat chiles to bring home and cook with.  When we got home we separated the chiles into groups of about 8 and put them into large ziploc bags and then put them in the freezer so that we’ll be able to enjoy them over the coming year.  We saved a few though and removed the blackened skin and the membranes and seeds inside, then finely chopped them.

Prepping roasted Hatch chiles

Then I whipped up a batch of cornbread batter (adapting our favorite cornbread recipe from the Betty Crocker Big Red Cookbook) and folded the chopped chiles into the batter and put it into the oven.

Cornbread ready to go into the oven

Growing up I always loved really sweet cornbread that was really more of a corncake because the sugar content was so high.  When we moved to Memphis I was introduced to the concept of savory cornbread.  Sometimes I went over to the main cafeteria on the University of Memphis campus, escaping the law school to study and grab a bite to eat.  Not only could I study and eat without being bothered, but the cafeteria served the most incredible cornbread.  It had a fantastic crispy exterior with a crumbly moist interior and had kernels of whole corn dotted throughout which gave the cornbread a touch of sweetness.  That exposure totally broadened my vision of what cornbread could be and this cornbread is a nice mixture of both worlds.  It’s moist and crumbly with a nice balance of sweetness and smoky heat from the chiles.

Roasted Hatch chile cornbread hot out of the oven

If you’re in Utah like I am, head to Harmons on one of their roasting dates (see their chile roast post for dates!) and grab some chiles so you can enjoy the special flavor that Hatch chiles get from New Mexico’s environment (high altitude, long seasons of heat and sunlight, hot days and cold nights).  We are heading back this weekend so we can taste the new creations that the chefs will be sharing.  (The menu changes each week!)  After you’ve grabbed some chiles, go home and make some cornbread!

Slice of Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread

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Roasted Hatch Chile Cornbread

Adapted from Betty Crocker Big Red Cookbook

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 roasted medium-heat Hatch chilies, peeled, membranes and seeds removed, and finely chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate.

2. Beat the buttermilk, butter and egg together in a large bowl with a whisk. There will be little bits of butter in the mixture. (Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be like that!)

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt, then add this mixture to the buttermilk mixture all at once. Stir everything together until the flour is just moistened (the batter will still be lumpy). Fold in the chopped chilies.

4. Pour the batter into the pie plate and spread it out so that it fills the pie plate evenly.

5. Bake the cornbread for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out complete.

6. Let the cornbread cool slightly before cutting it into wedges and serving. It’s also delicious eaten at room temperature!

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*Disclosure: I am a blogger ambassador for Harmons Grocery and was compensated for my time and for recipe development for this post. All experiences and opinions are my own!

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Fuji Nana August 19, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Why oh why do we live so far away????

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 25, 2015 at 10:32 am

Seriously, you need to work on that! :-)

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Kenny Shijo via Facebook August 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I might have to try and make Hatch Chile Cornbread. I think I can spare a couple of chiles.

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 25, 2015 at 10:33 am

It will be worth it Kenny, I promise.

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Ginny Hjalmarson August 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

Hatch chilies are the best!!! I have always used the 27 ounce can of whole chilies to make my chili verde…and I used to be able to get them at either Smith’s or Emigration Market. Then we moved away for 5 years and when we moved back Smith’s no longer carried them; I have begged and begged there and at other store with no luck. We are in a different neighborhood now, but if Emigration Market has them I will make a special trip for them. Or shop on Sunday at the City Creek location; it’s down the street from my church. And I will be at the roasting with money in hand this weekend! Yay for Harmon’s!!!

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Fuji Mama (Rachael) August 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

Yay!!! Yes, go buy a bunch and then freeze them so you can have them to use all year!

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Robert November 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Home run! Great slinuggg with that answer!

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