Friday, September 9, 2016

Green Chile Grilled Cheese Sandwich and a #WholeFoods #Giveaway


If you've never smelled fresh green chilies on the roaster, you don't know what you're missing. Honestly, this is one of the best aromas around. It signals fall in my book and without a doubt here in Colorado the temperatures are cooling off. Though I've harvested lots of eggplant and cucumbers I'm still waiting for my tomatoes to ripen and I'm not sure they are going to make it. I any case I might not be here if they do.

Tomorrow I depart for Asia and though it might not be the route of Marco Polo, it surely is the road to my heart. All four of us will be meeting in Beijing and from there we will be travelling around China for three weeks. I'm pretty certain I won't be seeing my tomatoes, but judging from the fact that yesterday I found a bite in one, it appears a squirrel might be getting a gourmet dinner.


The hard part about this trip, besides condensing everything into a carry on and somehow packing Alex's ski stuff to bring to him, is leaving Fall behind. I know it will still be here when I get back but here in Denver it is quite possible that we may have had our first hard freeze before I return. Chances are leaves will be all over my deck and my petunias will have met their demise.

Luckily for me I've already got some green chilies in the freezer. Whole Foods is roasting them this year and given that I haven't found the time to go buy a bushel, at least I got my first taste of fall. Green chilies are here. Get them before they are gone. And now I'm gone...See you in a few weeks!

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The winner for July's Whole Foods giveaway was Traveler. Isn't that funny? I will shoot you a gift card when I return. Hope you can wait!


Green Chile Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Makes 1
Time to Make: About 15 minutes
Ingredients:
2 slice of good artisan bread
1 T butter
1/4 c finely chopped scallions
1-2 T mayonnaise
1/4 c shredded pepper jack
1/4 c shredded sharp cheddar
1-2 freshly roasted green chilies with skin and seeds removed
1 oz dried or cooked chorizo (optional)
Pickled onions (optional)
2 T parmesan or parmigiano reggiano

Directions:
In a skillet large enough to hold a sandwich, melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped scallions and let cook on low while preparing sandwich. Spread 1 T of mayonnaise on inside of both slices of bread. If you don't like mayo, don't do this. Place shredded pepper jack on top of the bread. Top with several good slices of green chile. Top with chorizo, if using. Add a few pickled onions if using. Top with shredded cheddar. Place on top slice of bread. Spread with mayo or melted butter. Sprinkle on 1 T of finely grated parmesan. Place that side in scallion butter and cook on medium low heat for about 6-8 minutes. Cover skillet with a piece of foil to help keep the heat in. Don't cover it tightly because you don't want your sandwich to steam. Now spread the side facing you with more mayo or butter and top with the other tablespoon of parmesan. Cook until this smells good. Then it should be about ready to flip. Flip and cook other side for about 6-8 minutes. I always press each side firmly while cooking and cover again with foil. This should be ready to eat and have a crispy cheesy crust and that awesome taste of green chilies.

To see some other great green chile recipes, click on the title!
Green Chile Poached Eggs with Bacon and Cheddar
Green Chile Egg Souffle
Overnight Mexican Egg Casserole
Green Chile
Green Chile and Chorizo Bing Bread
Corn and Grits Pudding with Chorizo and Cheese
Cowboy Green Chile Biscuits

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38 comments:

  1. I'm so disappointed I won't see you when I'm in Denver. I was planning to show up at your house and have you make me this fabulous sandwich ;) Guess I'll have to make it at home!

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  2. I adore this sandwich. That's all that needs to be said about that! :) I feel exactly the same, as soon as those roasters fire up, I feel like it's Fall. I've got a freezer full and need to start planning my fun chile dishes. Have a wonderful trip. I remember going to Germany a couple of years ago, I left on October 1 and feared I was missing the leaves. When I returned Fall was in full swing. Hopefully they'll be some color left by the time you return.

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  3. I know exactly what you mean! I don't dare miss fall where I live. It doesn't last very long as it is! But your trip sound really exciting! I've never been to Asia. Have fun. And a wonderful sandwich!!!

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  4. My favorite recipe to use green chilies is a chicken enchilada recipe that has a green chile and sour cream sauce over it.

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  5. Safe and happy travels! I've had the chance to sample the delicious chiles at WF, yum! The sandwich looks wonderful!

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  6. The markets in our area are having on-site hatch chili roastings at this time of year. I guess I need to purchase some for this sandwich. It looks delicious.

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  7. The sandwich looks mouthwatering. Fresh chillies on the roaster...that sounds heavenly. Have a great time in China, Abbe.

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  8. Oooh, nice sandwich! Love Hatch chilies, and green chilies and cheese are such a nice combo. Have a wonderful trip! Look forward to you telling us all about it. :-)

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  9. I love to use green chilies in a corn casserole, especially with summer corn and with cheeses!

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  10. I use green chilies in my corn bread and also in my tortilla soup

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  13. Now that is one killer grilled cheese sammie! My favorite ways to use green chilis is to roast them with tomatillos to make a delicious zesty sauce that is delicious on grilled chicken or fish.

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  14. I make a really chile relleno casserole that my family likes.

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  16. I like to use green chilies making cheesy green chili rice.

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  17. I've used green chilies to make enchiladas. It's amazing!

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  18. This is very creative and most delicious. Happy travels. GREG

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  19. This looks amazing! I love a good cheesy sandwich

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  20. Well, you certainly know how in love I am with this sandwich! I wouldn't make the chorizo optional. :)

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  21. I make a pork chop recipe that uses green chilies that my Husband love but my favorite from childhood is a casserole layered with corn tortillas cream of mushroom soup mixed with green chilies and layered with cheese.

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  22. I'm so sorry we didn't get together before your departure, but we certainly will after you get back. I can't wait to hear your tales and see your photos. Speaking of photos, these are gorgeous! Your sandwich looks perfect for the fall.

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  23. we put green chilies into tamales :) i follow you on instagram @zgnails

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  24. I like to make quesadillas with green chiles.

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  25. I like adding green chiles to homemade queso dip.
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  27. Enjoy your trip Abbe...and I look forward to hear all about it...
    The grill cheese sandwich looks delicious, and yes, like the chile in it...so tasty!

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  28. We love a good green chile stuffed burger, but they're also great in posole! Yet to try grilled cheese... Thanks, and cheers!

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  29. Great sandwich - wish I qualified for the giveaway!
    Hope you're having a wonderful time in China.

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  30. I use green chiles in stew especially during the fall when the weather changes.

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  32. I love using green chilis to make homemade mint chutney. A little sugar, mint, cilantro, green chilis, ginger, lime juice and voila!

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