Remember that easy and delicious barbecue sauce that we made together last week? Yes? Well, let’s do something with it other than just licking it straight off the spoon. Not that I know anybody who would do anything like that…
Please avert your eyes while I wipe barbecue sauce off my face.
So grilling. If you’re a carnivore, just the thought of grilling is probably enough to make you salivate. But if you’re a vegetarian, then you might be less than thrilled by the whole concept. Because often vegetarians get the short end of the stick during grilling season. Summer can be a endless loop of frozen veggie patties and tofu dogs. No bueno.
In an attempt to correct this problem, I set out to create a juicy, flavorful “burger” that the vegetarians could really sink their teeth into. And I think I finally hit the nail on the head with these Barbecue Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Onions and Pineapple.
As a self proclaimed carnivore, I have to admit that I COULD NOT STOP eating these portobello mushroom burgers. They are so ridiculously good! They have a lot of the same elements that you might find on a traditional burger, so that kind of tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating beef. Not that I think we need to be tricking ourselves (or others) into consuming vegetables. I just don’t know how else to explain it. Hopefully, you guys know what I’m getting at.
I’m confident in saying that even the meat-eaters will be able to get excited about these babies. And the vegetarians in your life with thank you for not forcing them to eat pre-formed, freezer-burned knock-offs. Happy grilling times for everyone!
Disclosure: A big thank you to the folks a Hatch Green Chile for stocking my freezer! As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. I am forever and always committed to sharing quality products and recipes with you.
Lately I’m in a bit of a mood. A mood where I just want to eat appetizers all the time.
Because they are just so gosh darn good.
But like WHY are little appetizers so much better than full sized foods? I need to know the answer to this question. Is it the cuteness factor? Is it because we get to eat them with our hands? Is it because the calories don’t count when you just pop a few in your mouth while standing over the sink?
What? You didn’t know about that last thing. Oh yeah. That’s totally true. I mean, it has to be true. Or else I’ll need to rethink my entire eating strategy. And I’m not really prepared to part with what I got going on now. So humor me.
While you are in the business of humoring me, why don’t you go ahead and make up a batch of these Grilled Smashed Potatoes with Hatch Green Chile Guacamole. Yeah, I’m being bossy today. Sorry. It’s Monday.
So grilled smashed potatoes. These are what you would get if a creamy mashed potato and a crispy grilled potato got married and had a baby. A delicious baby. Grilled smashed potatoes are pretty awesome all on their own, but since I can never leave well enough alone, I decided to top them with some hatch green chile guacamole with the extra bonus of having goat cheese stirred in. Oh yes.
These Grilled Smashed Potatoes with Hatch Green Chile Guacamole are such a great little party appetizer or side dish. You’re definitely going to want to put them on your “to-make” list for all your upcoming summertime events.
Fun fact of the day: did you know that for a chile to be labeled as a “hatch chile” it has to be grown in the Hatch Valley, in and around Hatch, New Mexico? That was news to me! Also, I’ve since learned that there are a lot of imposters in the grocery stores (i.e. chiles being labeled as “hatch”, even though they were not cultivated in Hatch Valley). And that’s not very cool.
One way to KNOW you are getting real, authentic hatch chiles is to order them from dedicated companies, such as the Hatch Chile Store. You can order fresh hatch chiles when they are in season (usually August through September). And for your year round hatch chile desires, the Hatch Chile Store has frozen hatch chiles that are roasted, peeled and ready to go. Convenience + flavor = a total WIN! Definitely make sure to check them out and see for yourself what makes hatch chiles so unique!