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The Many Uses of Our Delicious Hatch Chile Cream Cheese

posted on August 16th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

Is your plain bagel and cream cheese breakfast on-the-go lacking a little something extra? Then feast your eyes on our Hatch Chile cream cheese. Made with authentic Hatch Valley chile that we’ve roasted, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped, this perfectly spicy cream cheese is just what your toasted bagel needed. But this cream cheese is way more versatile than that! -Use it to stuff jalapenos and bake for a double-header of spice that just may be the best jalapeno popper you’ve ever tasted. -Spread a thin layer of it on a wrap and then layer on your roasted, sliced turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions for a quick lunch that’s great fresh or packed up for an office lunch. -This cream cheese is also amazing used in Buffalo chicken dip. Simply replace the plain cream cheese for the Hatch Chile cream cheese and you’ve got a Buffalo Chicken Dip that’s a (spicy) crowd-pleaser. The possibilities are endless with this cream cheese that can easily double as a dip for… Read More

Our Hatch Farmer’s Story and Chile Relleno Recipe

posted on August 9th, 2017 by Leslie Thomas

We think it’s important to build strong relationships with our talented farmers. Gillis Farms is a prime example of how we’ve done just that. Duane Gillis is a 4th generation farmer whose passion lies in the Hatch chile. Duane began learning how to farm chile at a very young age with the help of his parents, who were known for producing Hatch chile as well as onions, squash, and other vegetables. in 1984, Duane started farming on his own while still contributing to the original family farm. Duane is the epitome of a family man who stays true to his roots and it definitely shows. He’s also remarkably knowledgeable with the best Hatch chile  growing practices. We’re pretty thankful for that, too. This year, Duane invited Bristol Farms employees to his Hatch Valley home and his 450 acres of chile so that he could share his story, farming expertise, and of course - a taste of his delicious and meaty Hatch chiles. His mom, in her wise age, told us about many stories… Read More

Life of a Hatch Chile – Stages & Uses

posted on August 9th, 2017 by Nicole Vuletich

It all starts in the rich soil of the valley of Hatch, New Mexico, where the life of a Hatch Chile is born. After harvest in late July and August each year, the Hatch chile takes on a new life cycle, transitioning through stages in which spicy food enthusiasts can incorporate this wondrous pepper into every dish enjoyed throughout the year. From freshly harvested to roasted and pureed, below are the many stages the Hatch chile can go through, along with some tips on adding to some of your existing favorite dishes and some new. Fresh, Unroasted Whole Hatch Chiles - Typically bought in bulk for roasting at home. Roast whole, let cool, remove the skins, and freeze in storage bags for use in dishes throughout the year. When ready to use, simply remove from the freezer and allow to reach room temperature before preparing. Raw Chopped Hatch Chiles - Roasted Hatch chiles are a preferred flavor over fresh, yet you can add diced fresh Hatch chile to the cooking process of soups and… Read More

Hatch Chile Cornbread

posted on August 8th, 2017 by Lauren Pepin

Hatch chile season is here! To say we're excited would be quite the understatement. To celebrate our favorite little pepper, our Bakery is proud to serve you with our famous Hatch Chile Cornbread, Hatch Chile Pepper Jack Scones, and Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies. Our Hatch Chile Cornbread is a twist on our traditional cornbread with the addition of freshly roasted and diced Hatch chiles. Hatch Chile Pepper Jack Scones have cheddar, pepper jack, along with our beloved Hatch chiles. Hatch Chile Chocolate Cookies have a unique mix of ingredients which includes chocolate chips, walnuts, Tahitian vanilla, and Hatch chiles. The combination of flavors in our cookies is out of this world. If you are looking for lighter alternatives or pairings with Hatch chile, visit our Deli, Sushi, Meat or Cheese departments. We have so many wonderful products to choose from. Keep in mind that chile contains calcium, iron, magnesium, and other minerals and vitamins, so that qualifies them as… Read More

Beemster Hatch Pepper Cheese

posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Carl Smith

Calling all Hatch Chile-Heads! It's time to add another check mark to your Hatch cheese discovery list. We first introduced you to our Hatch Pepper Cheddar, and now we're proud to offer its spicy, sweet sister from the Netherlands, Beemster Hatch Pepper Cheese. Beemster Hatch Pepper Cheese is a spicy yet deliciously creamy Gouda cheese that gets its peppery kick from hatch chiles which vary in heat from subtle to fiery hot. Don’t be scared, though; this sweet and creamy cheese takes you close to the fire without getting burned. We like to tame some of the flames with a sweetened accompanied fruit jelly or spread, such as Dalmatia Fig Spread. Serving Ideas This is a great melting cheese, so add it to beans & rice, tacos, nachos, and fajitas. You can also spice up a routine turkey sandwich or create a Southwestern burger with a few slices of avocado. Beverage Pairings Pair with white wines and beers known for citrus notes and crisp acidity, or red wines that are full-bodied… Read More

Hatch Chile Poke, Fiesta Roll, & Crab Cakes!

posted on August 19th, 2016 by Craig Tsuchiyama

It’s Hatch Chile time, and we’ve been roasting them fresh every day.  While their popularity mainly exists with a variety of Hispanic deli and bakery dishes, we’ve found other ways of presenting its unique flavor into other ethnic foods.  Sushi and it’s “Westernization” has developed into much more than its fish and rice origins with many fusion type restaurants blending sushi with other ethnic flavors.  Our sushi masters created a new fusion sushi with our own Fiesta Roll, and during Hatch chile season, we add fresh roasted Hatch chiles to make our Poke and Fiesta Roll better than ever. Hatch Chile Poke Our Hatch poke is made fresh daily with a blend of high-quality ingredients.  Using the same recipe as our ever popular Spicy Tuna Poke, we decided to turn up the heat a notch by adding diced roasted Hatch chiles.  The unique smoky flavor of the roasted Hatch chiles combined with the flavor of our sesame oil blend really elevates the Hatch poke flavor to a league of… Read More

Hatch‑Tastic Dishes in our Café!

posted on August 16th, 2016 by Brian Casey

Our Cafés are heating up! It’s Hatch Chile season and these chiles are only here for a short period once a year. We've been busy in the kitchen cooking up some spicy, southwestern inspired dishes that you are sure to love! Visit any one of our cafés now through September 6 for a taste of these authentic Hatch chile dishes. Available in the following stores: Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, La Jolla, or Palm Desert. Hatch Chile Omelet 3 egg omelet with roasted Hatch chiles and jack cheese. Served with a side choice of fresh fruit or breakfast potatoes, and choice of toast. $9.99 Hatch Chile Guacamole Burger Take a big, juicy bite of this tasty limited edition burger. Smoky, rich Hatch chiles bring the heat and cool, fresh guacamole balances things out deliciously. Served on a brioche roll with green leaf lettuce, tomato slices, and with a side choice of french fries, fruit salad, potato salad, or a cup of our house-made soup. $9.99 Hatch Chile… Read More

Hatch Chile Season is Heating Up!

posted on August 8th, 2016 by John Savidan

It’s getting hot in here! Get ready for Hatch Chile Season. Hatch chiles are only here once a year—in August and September—and that’s why you might find us Hatch-heads going a little nuts. Grown exclusively in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico), Hatch chiles have a reputation among foodies as the best peppers grown in the U.S. and some people say the world. The Hatch chile has the same shape as its Anaheim cousin, but has firmer flesh and a greater range of flavor, from mild to medium. It’s that strong New Mexico sun, those cool nights, and the mineral-rich soil that makes the flavor so distinct. Hatches are hardly ever eaten raw; it’s when they’re roasted that the smoky richness and depth of flavor really shine. If you buy them fresh, we recommend roasting over an open flame to get the absolute best flavor possible. Once roasted, they're easy to seed and make a great Southwesterny addition to almost any dish. Hatches have a short harvest season—just six weeks! So… Read More

Cheese of the Month – Hatch Cheddar Cheese!

posted on August 4th, 2016 by Carl Smith

Hatch Chile season is here! Each year, we celebrate this delicious pepper through live roasts, delicious recipes, and pure excitement from our team members and customers alike. To add to the celebration, our Cheese Shoppes are proud to offer our own Bristol Farms Hatch Cheddar Cheese. Our Hatch cheddar is an aged creamy white cheddar with flecks of real authentic Hatch chile peppers from Hatch, New Mexico. It is a nice balance of an aged smooth cheddar with a subtle bite from the smoky, spicy Hatch peppers. Our Hatch cheddar cheese makes an ultimate grilled cheese, quesadilla, enchilada, cheeseburger, and more. One of our favorite uses is finely grating the cheese into a recipe for homemade mac and cheese! The possibilities are endless! Enjoy our recipe below for Hatch Cheddar Mac and Cheese and catch our Hatch cheddar in store while it's available for a limited time. Hatch Cheddar Mac and Cheese Ingredients: 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup flour 2… Read More

Clear Springs Trout with Blueberry Hatch Sauce

posted on August 24th, 2015 by Craig Tsuchiyama

Bristol Farms' Seafood department has been offering its customers excellent quality boneless Rainbow Trout fillets from Clear Springs for years! Clear Springs has been our trusted partner for Rainbow Trout and for three main reasons: freshness, a 100% bone free guarantee on their clear-cut fillets, and their commitment to responsible aquaculture practices. Clear Springs Rainbow Trout is raised in pure, clean oxygenated water along a 30-mile stretch of the Snake River in the Magic Valley. This is the very reason the trout offered by Clear Springs is second to none. Rainbow trout is slightly nutty and sweet in flavor, with a tender flesh. The larger the fish (1kg or more), the more flavor. Rainbow Trout is very versatile and can be enjoyed baked, broiled, poached, steamed, grilled, and pan fried. Try pan frying in a bit of melted butter with some salt & pepper for a quick and simple meal, or bring out your inner chef with our Grilled Clear Springs Rainbow Trout with Blueberry Hatch… Read More

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