Appetizers

Smell that?

That’s the smell of August. It’s the fiery, smokey scent of (probably) a ton of Hatch Chiles roasting at the door step of my HEB.

This month, my package of HEB Primo Picks was bursting at the seams with Hatch Chile This and Hatch Chile That and Oh! Oh! – More Hatch Chile Goodness.

After the squeals subsided, I grabbed the Two Bean Hatch Pepper Dip, Hatch Salsa Verde, and the Hatch Tortilla Chips and then went to work giving everyone’s (including mine!) favorite party dip from 1987 a modern face lift.

The Seven Layer Dip. I know you remember it. Layers of taco night fixins dumped into a casserole dish and topped with those vile little black, rubber-tire olives. (Could those things be any grosser?!)

This version – it’s fresher, it’s loaded with hatch chiles in three different layers, and it’s thankfully missing anything that could resemble a tire.

Layer 1: Refried Beans Roberts Reserve Two Bean Hatch Pepper Dip
Layer 2: Guacamole Avocado, smashed with lime and salt
Layer 3: Picante sauce Central Market Hatch Chile Salsa Verde
Layer 4: Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
Layer 5: Sour Cream (or if, like me, you only ever buy fat-free Greek yogurt – then fat-free Greek yogurt)
Layer 6: Roasted hatch chiles
Layer 7: Pico de gallo

So head out today – or, like, yesterday – to get your Hatch Chile on. Hoard Buy, seed, chop, bag, freeze, and repeat. 3 or 300 times. I won’t judge – I’ll be far too busy trying to find room among the 20lb of cherries in my freezer for 20lbs of hatch chiles.

Update: The lucky winner is Debbie with comment #71!

HEB has provided a selection of Primo Picks for one lucky reader. To enter, simply answer the question in the comments below: What is your favorite dish using Hatch/green chiles?

Me, while I may still be partial to these enchiladasHatch & Pepperoni Pizza. That is definitely where it’s at.

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Seven-Layer Hatch Chile Dip

A fresher version of the traditional Seven-Layer Mexican Dip, loaded with roasted hatch chiles.

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz jar Roberts Reserve Two Bean Hatch Pepper Dip
  • 1 large avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • ~1/2 jar Central Market Hatch Chile Salsa Verde
  • Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
  • Sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 large hatch chiles, roasted, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • Small handful cilantro

Instructions

  1. In a wide dish or pie plate, evenly spread the bean dip.
  2. Smash the avocado with some lime juice and a generous pinch of salt and spread over the beans.
  3. Spoon the salsa verde over top and sprinkle with a layer of cheese.
  4. Spread the sour cream over the cheese and sprinkle the roasted chiles over top.
  5. In a small bowl, stir the tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro together with a pinch of salt.
  6. Spread pico de gallo evenly over the top of the dip.
  7. Serve cold with tortilla chips.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and baby-Elmo-clogged-toilets are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 3 locations within a 5 mile radius.

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Avocado and Grilled Pineapple Eggrolls

Before we start talking about the insanity of what almost amounts to deep-fried guacamole, let’s talk about safety.

Because there are some things you shouldn’t do on a school night. Like drinking most of a bottle of wine all by yourself.

And then come the things that you shouldn’t do after drinking most of a bottle of wine yourself on a school night. Like getting anywhere near an open flame and hot, splattering oil.

But there is one thing that you should totally do with hot, splattering oil when you have all of your fine motor skills about you so you probably won’t burn yourself 4 times in 10 minutes (how am I even still alive?): Make these Grilled Pineapple & Avocado Eggrolls.

Avocado and Grilled Pineapple Eggrolls

Several years back, I made a clone of the Cheesecake Factory Eggroll recipe. It was… work. There was cream cheese and sundried tomatoes in the filling with the avocado and I’ve always found that kind of an odd combo. Although I will totally dominate a plate without complaint and call it dinner once a year.

And then the sauce had a couple new-to-me ingredients that were pricey and ended up going to waste because what else was I supposed to do with the rest of a $12 jar of tamarind paste? You know, besides not buy it in the first place.

But the one thing that recipe did get right? Wrapping chunky avocado in a thin, crispy fried shell. It’s basically fried guacamole. And it’s not at all hard to accomplish.

Avocado and Grilled Pineapple Eggrolls

I basically made an extra chunky version of my very favorite guacamole, which is loaded with sweet and smokey cubes of grilled pineapple, wrapped that up in an eggroll wrapper, and fried for ~1 minute on each side. The dipping sauce was a crudely-measured, raid-the-pantry combination of soy sauce, honey, garlic, red pepper, and cilantro. Sweet, salty, savory, and slightly spicy all in a single bite.

And my poor burned fingertips (WHY DIDN’T I USE TONGS) have nearly completely healed.

Grilled Pineapple and Avocado Eggrolls

Avocado and juicy grilled pineapple are served inside crispy eggrolls.

Ingredients

  • For the eggrolls:
  • Oil for cooking (enough to be ~1-inch deep in your pan)
  • 4 small avocados, diced
  • 2 rings grilled pineapple, diced*
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
  • 1 pkg (16 count) eggroll wrappers
  • Small bowl of water
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Generous pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced cilantro

Instructions

  1. *If you aren't working with leftover pineapple, remove the husk, slice into ~1/2-inch thick rings, and place on a preheated grill.
  2. Cook ~4-5 minutes each side until nicely caramelized.
  3. Pour cooking oil into a pan and heat over medium high.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the avocado, pineapple. salt, lime juice, red onion, and pepper together.
  5. Lay a single wrapper on your work surface, dip your fingers in the water, and lightly moisten all four the edges of the wrapper.
  6. Place ~3 Tbsp of filling onto your eggroll wrapper and roll (I didn't get photos buy you can see the step by step here.
  7. Working with 3-4 eggrolls at a time, place them in the heated oil (it should sizzle with a drop of water) and fry ~1 minutes each side, until golden brown.
  8. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and serve hot.
  9. To make the dipping sauce, whisk all ingredients together.

Notes

Yields: 16 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 40 minutes

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Grilled Zucchini and Red Onion Sandwich

You can do a lot of amazing things with zucchini. You can bread it and bake it for the faux-fry treatment. And then dip in ranch. Because the answer is always ranch (when it’s not margarita).

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

You can caramelize it in some bacon grease [swoon] and toss it into a peppery, velvety smooth carbonara for what is quite possibly the best pasta dish you’ll make all summer.

Zucchini Carbonara

But my all-time favorite for the last few years? Grilling it with red onions and topping with a simple, insanely versatile, you-have-all-these-ingredients-already vinaigrette.

Grillzed Zucchini & Red Onions

I make the grilled zucchini twice a week and eat it most nights as our veggie side. And most days, I pile the leftovers onto a chunk of baguette with a smear of mayo and a dizzle of vinaigrette, pop it under the broiler with some cheese, and call it lunch.

It’s my favorite summer lunch. My favorite summer sandwich.

And it’s pretty close to the best thing that could ever happen to zucchini.

Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion Sandwich

Summery sandwich made with grilled zucchini and red onions, topped with a lemon basil vinaigrette.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Spread mayo on the bread and pile high with zucchini and red onions.
  3. Take a spoonful or two of leftover vinaigrette from the bowl and spoon over top.
  4. Top with cheese and broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted.
  5. Cut in half to make 2 sandwiches; serve hot.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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