Sometimes, when times get tough, you learn something. Through rain and tantrums and good old fashioned family drama, I came out the other end with something fabulous… Green Chile Garlic Bread.
The first clue should have been my Husband’s excited claim that “we are going on an old fashioned family road trip!”. Not only that, it was going to include camping with the toddler. I should have seen it coming. The first night in the tent brought on a monster thunder storm and flood warnings throughout the Southwest. We pushed on and headed all the way to El Paso so that we could boast that we had successfully navigated our way from Canada to Mexico. We saw temper tantrums from both the toddler and me all the way back up North through New Mexico and Wyoming and even a run in with the Idaho local police who apparently don’t approve of speeding even if it was only 9 miles an hour over the speed limit with a screaming kid in the back. Sorry officer.
The moral of this story is that I will not be embarking on a family road trip again any time soon and I am fairly sure that the Griswold-like dreams of my Husband have been dashed for at least a couple of years. As I sit here on the day after we got back and the day before i have to go back to work, the trauma is already beginning to fade and there are definitely memories that have been formed and i have to admit that maybe it was not all that bad after all. I also came away from the trip with a better understanding of one of the great food passions on the US. I learned that New Mexico has an obsession with the green chile and I can understand why.
In truth, the NewMexico passion of the green chile goes well beyond obsession. They literally pour them on absolutely everything, No burger or breakfast burrito is complete without the green chile and so as I looked through my pantry tonight to get dinner together, inspiration hit me, i needed garlic bread for dinner so why not through some green chile in there? Turns out it was a genius move!
As I sit here in front my fire on my couch that it turns out that I missed more than I could have imagined eating homemade soup and munching on green chile garlic bread, it hits me. The people of New Mexico might just be on to something… but there is no place like home.
Give this green chile garlic bread a try next time you are wanting to mix it up a little!
Green Chile Garlic Bread
A different take on the classic garlic bread that will wow guests or just make you happy when dipped into some soup.
- 1 loaf of french bread ( not the really thin baguette as you want a little thickness)
- 6 garlic cloves chopped
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 small tin of green chiles
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (the real stuff)
- 1 tsp dried sage (chopped)
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- a good few turns of fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir to mix.
- Slice your bread but do not cut it all of the way through.
- Cram some of the seasoned butter into each of the slices that you have made.
- Wrap the loaf in foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, open the foil and back uncovered for another 10 minutes to get crispy.
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