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New Mexico Turquoise Trail Sliders

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Thanks to New Mexico Chile expert James Ditmore and Central Market for this recipe!


The "Turquoise Trail" is a 65-mile stretch of road along New Mexico Highway 14 between Tijeras Pueblo and Santa Fe.  This scenic byway is named after the blue-green precious stone mined in the area by early pueblo people and it inspires this colorful spin on the state's justly famous green chile cheeseburger.    The recipe combines the bounties of the state's ranching industry, its growing cheese industry, and of course Hatch, New Mexico chiles.

Ground Chuck            2 pounds
Blue Cheese Crumbles        1 cup or more
Green Chile                1 cup or more
Garlic Powder            to taste
Black Pepper            to taste
Sea Salt                just a pinch
Slider buns                One dozen

Roast, peel, and rough-chop green chile.   (You can also purchase it pre-roasted at Central Market's Hatch Fest, through August 21st. )   Add garlic powder and sea salt to the chopped green chile and set aside for a few minutes to let the chile absorb the flavors.  In a large mixing bowl, add the ground chuck, blue cheese crumbles, and the seasoned green chile; sprinkle on the black pepper and mix by hand.  Once all ingredients have been combined evenly throughout the mixture, form into small 'hockey puck' size patties.  Place onto a grill or skillet and cook to desired doneness.  Place patties onto small buns or ciabatta bread and serve with your favorite toppings.  This recipe makes 10 to 12 patties, depending on size.  
Enjoy the enchantment!!

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