Friday, July 25, 2014

Last Friday of the Month Recipe ~ Green Chili Stew from J.C. Conway

When J.C. Conway said he had a recipe with green chili I was all over it.  I LOVE anything with green chili.  And this looks easy and yummy.  Give it a try. 

Also J.C. Conway's book is set in New Mexico, home to the famous Hatch Green Chili.

Recipe of the Month

New Mexico Green Chile Stew

The recipe and why you love making it:
There is nothing quite like the flavor of Green Chile grown in New Mexico. It’s spicy and flavorful in a way that is unique to the region. I first learned how to make Green Chile Stew from Aunt Mary when our family visited her in Santa Fe. There are other recipes out there, and this one is slightly modified to suit my own taste, but it is certainly true to what I learned. Also, this recipe is simple and straightforward. It can be prepared in well under an hour—a terrific quick and full meal.

1 tbsp. Olive Oil
2 lbs. ground turkey meat*
3 large potatoes, red or white, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1-3 cups (1 cup hot, 2 cups medium, or 3 cups mild) roasted, peeled, chopped Roasted New Mexico Green Chile**
Salt to taste
Ground White Pepper to taste

1. Prepare the roasted Chile by peeling, smashing and mixing with garlic.
2. Heat oil in pot over medium-low heat. Add the ground meat, onion and garlic. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently, to brown the meat and prepare the onion and garlic.
3. Add the green chili, potatoes, salt and pepper. Stir well for about a minute.
4. Add water to cover everything. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are just soft.
5. Serve with warmed tortillas.

Ingredient Notes
*The ground meat can be lean beef, pork or turkey. I use turkey burger, which blends well with the Chile and garlic and does not require draining grease. (Cubed pork or beef works well also; for thicker broth you can dust the cubes with flour).
** The quality of Chile in New Mexico is wonderful. Hatch Chile is considered best by many. It can be purchased in season in or near New Mexico and can be ordered through the mail. In California, Anaheim Chile doesn’t quite taste the same, and when using them as a substitute, I also add one can or Ortega Diced Green Chile to recapture some of the spice.
Many substitutions and additions are possible. Sometimes I use half chicken stock and half water for a richer broth requiring less added salt.

Short Book Blurb:
Andrea had one goal in life, a quiet career as a mainstream archaeologist—nothing more nothing less—and she's one ancient secret away. When she is teamed with maverick prodigy Daniel Fuchs at his controversial pre-Clovis dig on tribal land, she soon realizes his wild theories may sidetrack her career. Her smartest move is to expose him and that is exactly what she plans to do. Except…he’s hot, sexy, and there is a chance his theories may be right. 

As the dig deepens and outside forces mount, Andrea and Daniel find their careers and their shaky relationship on the brink of ruin. Who can she trust? To survive professionally and emotionally, Andrea must decide between what is expected and what she believes, because time is running out and the developers' bulldozers are poised to level the site. 

Delve into the mystery and excitement of an archaeological dig in the New Mexico desert and experience the drive, determination, and passion surrounding the quest to unlock the Paleolithic past in this contemporary, romantic suspense. Hearts In Ruin…no shovel required to join this adventure to discover an ancient truth! 

Buy Links:
HEARTS IN RUIN is available as an eBook in all standard formats, and can be found at most major eBook outlets, including:
J.C. Conway writes romance, science-fiction, and fantasy stories for adults, young adults and middle-grade readers. He is a long-standing member of Romance Writers of America, Yosemite Romance Writers, the World Science Fiction Society, and Mystery Writers of America. He is also a complex-litigation attorney, a former high-school math and computer science teacher, a family man, and a fan of great fiction that stretches the imagination, probes the depths of the human condition or otherwise illuminates the unknown or the misunderstood.

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  1. Nice to see …Cookbook offering clear and simple recipes with easily obtained ingredients as an antidote to some of what's out there. I love cooking food with fresh ingredients and this sound perfect for me. And I love your photo.
    Chef For Hire

  2. Jemes: Thank you for the comment. Yes, fresh and readily available is a great way to go, and this one really hits the spot.

  3. Hi J.C.
    Great to have you here today. Hearts in Ruin sounds like a great read while dining on your stew!

    I bet it would be good with simple cornbread as well.