September 16, 2011

Peach Hatch Chile Cobbler

Where have I been? It’s been over a week since my last post. Did you miss me?

Well, hubby and I took a little vacation. I had high hopes for stopping long enough to post something here, but alas, I didn’t. I hope you don’t mind that I didn’t worry too much about it, but you see, that’s what vacations are supposed to be about – not worrying about much of anything. I think we did a pretty good job of that.

Where did we go? We left Saturday morning for a road trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico. It’s about 10 1/2 hours from Dallas – a long drive across the prairies and deserts of Central and West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Truthfully, the drive wasn’t so bad, especially once we got into New Mexico, as the terrain changed quite a bit. But once we got into the mountains, we quickly started to realize just how beautiful New Mexico could be.

near Bonito, in the Lincoln National Forest

As we drew nearer to Ruidoso, it became clear the reason this little ski town was so popular. Even in the summer, it’s gorgeous. We spent the next few days shopping, eating, horseback riding, taking in the sights, and visiting White Sands National Monument. It was a great place to get away, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

deer would come right up to our back porch

 

view from the top of Apache Mountain

sledding down the dunes at White Sands

 

White Sands

 

woodpecker outside our back porch

Of course, I did find time to cook while we were there. We stayed in a little cabin in town, so we had a fully equipped kitchen at our disposal, as well as a grill. The night we arrived, we visited a local grocery store and picked up some things to get us through the next few days. During our stay, we enjoyed the following meals:

Breakfasts: eggs, bacon, sliced avocado (and toast for John); eggs, grilled steak, and sauteed zucchini; eggs and cinnamon bun muffins.
Dinners: grilled pork chops, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli
Desserts (yes, there were desserts!): an experimental chocolate red wine cake (working on finalizing the recipe!), and a version of this peach hatch chile cobbler.
 
I love having a kitchen away from home. It definitely helps us keep within budget, and cuts down on the meals I’d have to navigate at a restaurant. I packed a few things (a benefit of driving instead of flying – I can bring ingredients!) to help increase the variety, which included blanched almond flour, coconut flour, agave nectar, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, coconut oil, and cinnamon. The kitchen had some glass baking dishes, and the muffin pan was brand new, so I didn’t have to worry so much about cross-contamination using “gluten-y” dishes. It was easy, and everything felt perfect.
 
We ate the rest of our dinners out – and yes, I ate gluten/grain and dairy-free safely and without much trouble at all. I did a bit of homework before we left – I double-checked common fast food restaurants that had gluten-free options, and determined where we’d like to stop for lunch. I also packed some nuts, baby carrots, apples, and LARA bars in the car, just in case. But we visited a Whataburger, where I had a burger with no bun, topped with their seasonal green chiles, and a side salad. When we were in town, I called up a local restaurant called Landlocked and discussed my dietary needs with the manager on duty. They said they’d happily accommodate me, and so we made reservations.
 
Upon arrival, I let the waitress know about my needs. She was knowledgeable – more so than most wait staff. She let us know that her grandmother had celiac disease, so she was aware of issues and where gluten might be hiding in various dishes. She checked with the kitchen and steered me towards certain dishes she knew would be safe, and cautioned me against others where she knew that the meal was assembled “in close proximity” to wheat flour. I had a green chile pork stew, and portobello mushrooms stuffed with spinach, garlic, and sundried tomatoes. All was dairy and gluten-free, and all was delicious. We visited again the following night and asked that the same waitress serve us. We enjoyed another great meal – I had a red chile sockeye salmon with calbacitas. We also visited one of their sister restaurants, Casa Blanca, and I enjoyed fajitas, sans tortillas, cheese, or sour cream. Not as tasty as Landlocked, but it was still a good, safe meal. It’s definitely a plus when one can communicate dietary needs and receive quality service from a restaurant.
 
But you didn’t come here to listen to me ramble on about my travels, did you? That title – peach hatch chile cobbler – was the reason you visited, yes? Well, I was getting to that. Judging by the recipe title, you’d think this was inspired by my New Mexico visit. After all, New Mexico is all about chiles, both red and green. I don’t blame them. Hatch chiles offer a nice amount of heat, but not too much that you can’t enjoy their lovely flavor. But this cobbler idea was born prior to our trip. Lisa of Homesick Texan recently posted a Hatch chile apple cobbler recipe, and I was intrigued. I was determined to convert that recipe to meet my needs. After about 7 attempts, this is finally the recipe. You’ll notice it’s no longer apple – I love peaches even more than apples, and have a LOT in my freezer that I put up a few weeks ago. The sweetness of the peaches compliments the heat of the chiles perfectly. While this doesn’t look like a traditional cobbler, I hope you’ll find the cobbler part deliciously addictive, with its fluffy interior, and the slightly chewy bits that nestled along the sides of the skillet. It’s a rustic, truly Southwestern dessert, and would be perfect with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream. (Or for breakfast. Not that I would know or anything.) So seize the moment – if you have some peaches from this summer that you need to use up, and some chiles, make this cobbler. You won’t be sorry.
 
Peach Hatch Chile Cobbler (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free)
 

2-3 hatch green chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped

20 oz sliced peaches

1 t cinnamon

1 T turbinado sugar or coconut palm sugar

 4 T coconut oil (or vegan buttery sticks)

1 c almond flour

¼ c coconut flour

1 c turbinado sugar or coconut palm sugar

2 t baking powder

1 t cinnamon

Pinch salt

2 egg whites

1 egg

1 t vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toss the chiles with the peaches, cinnamon, and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Melt coconut oil in large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Remove from heat. Brush oil all over bottom of skillet and along the sides.

In a large bowl, whisk together the almond and coconut flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites and egg until frothy. Add most of the melted coconut oil and vanilla, and blend until incorporated. Pour mixture into flour mixture. Stir until well blended.

Spread batter out along the bottom of the skillet. Top with peach-chile combo. Using the back of a spoon, spread out evenly.

Bake 45 minutes.

 

18 Responses to “Peach Hatch Chile Cobbler”

  1. Sounds delicious! What an interesting combinations of flavors but I think I can totally imagine it!

  2. Sounds like a great vacation. Definitely laughing at the idea of sledding down sand dunes. Was this pre-planned so you had your sled ready? Heh.

    Also, yes, the peach cobbler does look great. It’s pretty common to see peaches in salsa. I think peaches just pair well with spicy.

  3. What a cool recipe Alta! I love the sounds of it but I’m not sure if I’m adventurous enough :) Thanks for sharing your pics. Sounds like you guys had a relaxing and fun adventure. I love doing the pre-trip research for places to eat. It’s a great way to discover amazing recipes.

  4. This looks out-of-this-world. Wow! What a fabulous dish. I think I’ll make it over the weekend. I’m excited to meet you at the Dallas Gluten-Free Expo next month. Have a great weekend!

  5. What a lovely idea for a cobbler! It reminds me of a bourbon hatch chile bread pudding I once had back in the days when I used to eat bread and puddings :) Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Well, you had me at “peach”, but it was a clincher with “Hatch”! LOL! This looks wonderful and in the cast iron skillet . . . I’m ready to go camping. Beautiful dish. Can’t wait to make it!

  7. What a great trip! Love that photo of you sliding down the dunes! I’m glad your dining experiences were so wonderful. :-)

    I remember your peach salsa (OMG is that good!) so I’m not surprised that you ended up using peaches. I’m very interested to see how this tastes. I’m not a huge chile person usually so I might share this with my friend from New Mexico who was actually roasting Hatch green chiles during Hurricane Irene! No kidding.

    Shirley

  8. Sounds like a lovely vacation. Glad you enjoyed it. That cobber does look good.

  9. What a fun trip Alta! I’ve never been to New Mexico, but have been curious in recent years. Now I really want to go!

    Peaches and chiles? You are a brave woman.

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  11. Looks like you had a wonderful trip to New Mexico! Perfect time of year to visit. The weather can’t be beat and it’s chile season! Thrilled to see you picked up some green chile. I’ve never made the Hatch Green chile Peach Cobbler, but it’s high time I did. I love your gluten free version! I’m running a series on New Mexico green chile on my blog during the month of September, so if you want to know more about our state vegetable, check it out. Great post you have here!!!!

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  17. Just shared this on All Gluten-Free Desserts, Alta. I wanted to have this recipe up on the site all ready to go for the time when the peaches and Hatch chiles come in. :-)

    Thanks for being a featured contributor on AGFD!
    Shirley

  18. I just recently came up on a mother load of hatch chilies and peaches. When I googled the two together this beauty of a recipe caught my eye. What a great pairing, AND gluten-free! I can’t wait to try this baby. Thanks for posting it.

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