The annual arrival of fresh Hatch chili peppers from New Mexico can ward off even the cleverest of this year’s back-to-school commercials. After all, there’s a festival held in the peppers’ honor. People who know from Hatch appreciate them raw and roasted. (And for those who are unfamiliar, a short explainer.) Their heat falls in the mid-range, pepperwise, and they make fine receptacles for stuffing, a la chile rellenos.
Here’s a short list of Washington area stores where the peppers are available, and, in some cases, roasted onsite:
All area stores will have the peppers in stock, through the end of the month. Stores where roasting will take place include:
Constitution Square store: 1201 First St. NE. 202-589-0351.
Jenkins Row store:1350 Potomac St. SE. 202-543-1040.
Pentagon Row store: Aug. 21., roasting on premise. 900 Army Navy Dr., Arlington. 703-413-7112.
Woodmore store By mid-August; no roasting on the premises. 9001 Mchugh Dr., Lanham. 240-487-5400
Potomac store: Sept. 8-9; roasting on the premises. 14801 Dining Way, Woodbridge. 703-763-5500.
Leesburg store: Sept. 2-4, roasting on the premises.101 Crosstrail Blvd., Leesburg. 703-669-2044.
Fairfax store: Last week of August; roasting on the premises. 11620 Monument Dr., Fairfax. 703-653-1600
Dulles store: Aug. 26-27; roasting on the premises. 45131 Columbia Place, Sterling. 703-421-2400
Area stores will have limited quantities of peppers in stock within a few weeks; no plans for roasting on site.
Find information on how to store and use the peppers after the jump.
Hatch chili peppers can be refrigerated up to 5 days. Or they can be frozen for up to a year; it’s best to spread them separately on a tray first, then once the peppers are firm, place them in freezer-safe resealable plastic food storage bags in groups of five or six.
This Smoky Southwestern Corn, Pepper and Scallion Saute would be a good way to use fresh Hatch chilis. Find more recipes here.
How do you like to use them?