Monday, October 17, 2011

Vegan MoFo: Hatch Chile Chicken Cacciatore with Black Garlic Tomato Sauce

It's time for a break in the sweets department.  Have you ever cooked with Hatch Chiles?  I hadn't but let me tell you they are wonderfully flavorful.

Hatch was originally settled as Santa Barbara in 1851, however Apache raids drove the farmers away until 1853 when the nearby Fort Thorn was established. When Fort Thorn closed in 1860, the town had to be abandoned again. It was not until 1875 that it was re-occupied and at that time it was re-named for Indian fighter Edward Hatch, who was then commander of the New Mexico Military District.  


Cacciatore cooking

Look at those gorgeous hatch chiles

I couldn't wait to try them.  The Jolly Fox came over and we found the perfect recipe to make from Veganize This.  This recipe has Chicken Seitan, Vegan Pancetta, hatch chiles, and black garlic (another first) to name a few of the ingredients.

Chicken cacciatore and black garlic mashed potatoes



I never ate Chicken Cacciatore when I wasn't vegan so I don't have a base line but this was amazing.  Layers and depth of flavors.  I'm not always the biggest fan of cooked tomatoes but it just added to this meal.  There was enough left over that we both had some for a few more meals.  I plan on making this for a future dinner party as I have some frozen roasted Hatch chiles.


Great meal!!
What's your favorite way to use chiles?


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