Baked Green Chile Fries

One thing I love about being in New Mexico is the unique foods we’ve been able to try.  On our visit to Ojo Caliente this past July we were able to enjoy these fabulous Green Chile Fries!

Green Chili Fries at Ojo Caliente

They were fabulous!  Slightly spicy with a wonderful breading that made us go back for them three separate times.  🙂

One thing I love to do when we eat something from a restaurant that we really enjoy is to try to recreate it at home.  This can be somewhat of a challenge but it sure was fun.  Here is my take on these fries.  I actually baked them to keep them a bit healthier but all in all they were delicious.  The vinegar dipping sauce was a bit harder to recreate but I think I came pretty close.  Let me know what you think if you make them.  Always looking for feedback on recipes!  Enjoy!

Baked Green Chile Fries w/Vinegar dipping sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Vinegar dipping sauce (see below)*

6-8 large poblano peppers (or jalapeños or any large spicy pepper)

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons

3 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup milk

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove the seeds from all of the peppers and cut into 1/2-inch lengthwise strips.

Set up a breading station: 1 pan of 1 cup of flour, 1 pan of eggs beaten with milk, 2 tablespoons of flour and mustard, and 1 pan of bread crumbs seasoned with cheese, and salt and pepper, to taste.

Coat the peppers in the flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the bread crumbs.

Arrange the chili fries on a nonstick baking sheet and roast for 18-20 minutes, turning once.

While chile’s are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce:

Ingredients for dipping sauce

1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne

pinch of kosher salt

1/4 tsp red pepper flake

1 tbsp honey or Agave

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients until honey/agave is dissolved and then refrigerate.  You can make this the day before to help the flavors meld even more!  Just be sure to mix it up again before serving.

 

 

Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort

On our way to South Carolina for our daughter’s college graduation (yeah!!) we stopped at Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort.  It was Mark’s 50th birthday so we thought we would have a nice little mini vacation before heading off to the heat and humidity of the south.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort
Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort

Ojo Caliente is famous for its waters.  Discovered by Native Americans centuries ago and then conquered by the Spanish in the 1500’s when they discovered it (and displaced the natives as well).  It holds a lot of history as well as the healing powers of the water.

There are many types of waters that are located here:  Arsenic, Iron and Soda water just to name a few.  There are multiple pools located throughout the resort with varying degrees of heat (89 to 104 degrees).

The resort has many different accommodations available including an RV park!  Now, as RV parks go, it is pretty basic and it is quite expensive for what you get IMO ($40/night) but it is still cheaper than staying in the hotel. 🙂

The RV Park consists of power and water hookups only (no sewer).  There is a dump station but they charge $20 to dump.  Kind of a rip off, I think.  The spaces are a bit primitive, unlevel and can’t really accept large rigs (30′ would be pushing it).  BUT there are many wonderful aspects to the springs that overrides the downsides to the park.

Our site at Ojo Caliente - fairly large compared to some
Our site at Ojo Caliente – fairly large compared to some

We spent 3 days at Ojo.  The first day we were so overwhelmed with all the springs we couldn’t decide which one we liked best!  On the second day though we knew we loved the Soda Pool the most.

Mark in the Soda Pool – 103 degrees, indoors and a quiet zone – no talking!

We also really loved the mud zone!  Yes, MUD!!! It sounds odd but wow did our skin feel great afterwards.  You get wet, then mud up and lay out to dry.  Then you wash it off.  Your skin is silky smooth and so soft!  Mark didn’t think he would like it but he had to admit it was pretty awesome.

All mudded up and baking dry! 🙂

One thing we especially enjoyed was the FOOD!  The Artesian Restaurant was amazing in every way.  We had lunch and dinner there every day and even breakfast for Mark’s birthday as well.  We really spoiled ourselves with the food!

That was just a sampling of the food.  We ate our way through the menu to be sure. 🙂  In fact, we probably had these Green Chili Fries 5 times while we were there.  SO GOOD!

Green Chili Fries. YUM!

For Mark’s birthday we did something pretty special – we rented a private hot spring for just the two of us.  It had amazing views of the cliffs, a kiva fireplace and we snuck in a bottle of champagne to celebrate!  Not something we would do every time we would visit but certainly an amazing treat!

Private hot springs, kiva fireplace and champagne! Happy birthday, my love. 🙂

All in all it was an amazing three days!  And the best part?  This is only 1-1/2 hours from our property in northern New Mexico!  How awesome is that?  Knowing we are close enough we can spend the day there or even take the truck camper for one night.  Yes please!  We will definitely be back!

Our beautiful view from the lounge chairs!

Jay’s Asian-Fusion ~ review

After pulling in to the RV park on Wednesday afternoon, it was clear that we didn’t want to cook dinner.  We asked the RV Park owner what she suggested and she came up with a few ideas.  The one that stuck with us the most was Jay’s Asian Fusion.  We love Asian food of all kinds and this place sounded perfect.

jays
Jay’s Asian Fusion!

Located in Longs, SC, it is about 20 miles from the Carrollwoods RV Park (and Grapefull Sisters Vineyard) where we are staying.  Pretty much the closest thing around that isn’t seafood.

Jay’s Asian Fusion was a very quiet little place in a strip mall.  They serve Sushi, Habachi, Thai, and Japanese.  Lots of great things on the menu.  We sat at the Sushi Bar and were greeted immediately.  Our server was very nice and efficient, the sake was HOT (just like we like it!) and the sushi was fantastic.

First, we ordered a sushi appetizer – one of each, Kani (crab), shrimp, salmon, tuna and red snapper!

Sushi appetizer
Sushi appetizer

Then we ordered our rolls.  Spicy Tempura Tuna and Spicy Tuna & Kani roll.

Tempura Tuna & Spicy Tuna kani roll
Tempura Tuna & Spicy Tuna kani roll

We were still hungry, so we ordered a special roll – black pepper tuna, yellowfin tuna with spicy sauce.

Special roll
Special roll

Ok, ok… we like our sushi spicy! 🙂

All in all, it was a wonderful first meal and we look forward to finding some other great local places with the time we have here.

Until next time…

Kanpai! (Japanese for “cheers”!)

Shelly & Mark

 

Thankful for so much!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

As we look back at the past year or so we realize we have a lot to be thankful for.  We have our health, good jobs, great friends, we are very happy and content.  We have a wonderful daughter who we are very proud of and so much more.  We are truly blessed!

This will be our last holiday season in a stick and brick home and we can’t be more excited about the prospect!  And as we move forward into the coming year(s) I am sure we will find even more to be thankful for – such as learning about this great lifestyle which we are only now beginning to explore.  We look forward to meeting like-minded people and experiencing this country that will take years and years to explore.

We hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving!  Eat lots of good food, enjoy whatever company you are with and be thankful for all you have!  I know we will!

Mark, Shelly & the Crew!!